Over the last few months Innopsis, NHS Digital and Crown Commercial Service (CCS) have conducted a series of Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) supplier briefings covering market opportunity, intended procurement strategy and the actions suppliers need to take to ensure they are able to supply HSCN services.

As a result of those briefings, you should be aware of the strong demand and opportunities this presents to industry. In addition to the procurement options already available, the “Authority” (NHS Digital and CCS) announced their intention to develop a new HSCN Contract called the Health and Social Care Access Services Agreement: RM3825. The OJEU Notice to establish this new agreement is to be published in September 2017.

RM3825 will be different from current CCS Network Connectivity Frameworks and will be a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) agreement.

RM3825 will be open to all suppliers who can meet the mandatory requirements to join throughout its duration and, of course, HSCN Compliance, but introduces new terms and conditions to the supplier market.  We suggest all interested vendors make themselves familiar with the DPS arrangement in general and the proposed contract terms in particular.

Due to the very short project timescales demanded of the HSCN user community, CCS has asked Innopsis to issue the current advanced draft contract to interested suppliers (which can be found here). This is still in draft and will be subject to further amendment prior to formal publication.

At this stage, CCS are very keen to receive your feedback on the draft DPS agreement by Thursday 24th August. We appreciate this provides little time for your consideration, but this is due to the demand of users to have a HSCN agreement in place to allow the procurements in planning to progress.

If you have any feedback, you can either send this direct to CCS at nsprojects@crowncommercial.gov.uk or HSCN@innopsis.org, where common issues will be anonymised by Innopsis and sent on to CCS and NHS Digital.

A list of current questions and issues can be found here

Thank you for your help and assistance in meeting the demanding timescales

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