CfH event will discuss new GP systems of choice framework
Procurement for new framework likely to be launched early in the New Year
NHS Connecting for Health (CfH) is to hold an event next week to discuss the future of GP Systems of Choice (GPSoC), the scheme through which the NHS funds the provision of clinical IT systems in GP practices in England.
The event, on 12th December in London , is aimed at current and prospective suppliers to the primary care IT marketplace with the current GPSoC framework coming to an end at the end of March 2013. The new framework being planned is likely to involve a much broader range of suppliers, CfH said.
According to CfH, GPSoC has successfully delivered a flexible mechanism for contracting for GP clinical IT systems in GP practices since 2007 and 81% of practices currently use a system provided through the framework.
"NHS CFH has been engaging with a wide range of stakeholders over the last year, including GP representatives and suppliers, to identify the requirements for a replacement framework and it is expected this will involve a broader range of suppliers than at present," said Tim Kelsey, National Director for Patients and Information at the NHS Commissioning Board and GPSoC senior responsible owner.
"Subject to us gaining the required approvals, a procurement for a new framework may be launched early in the new year. It's important the supplier community understands the proposed direction of travel, has an opportunity to ask questions, gives feedback, influence and starts to consider whether they would like to be involved."