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NHS Digital conducts market exercise over Clinical Triage Platform

Published 18 April 2017

Procurement intended to acquire components necessary to build next generation Clinical Decision Support System (CDSS); potential tender value estimated at £20m


NHS Digital has issued a pre-tender with the intention to institute a market engagement exercise around the creation of a Clinical Triage Platform (CTP), a key component of NHS England’s Digital Urgent and Emergency Care Programme.

The potential contract value of the tender is around £20m, with an estimated date of publication of a contract notice indicated for early November.

According to the pre-tender, the primary purpose of the prior information notice (PIN) is to inform suppliers of prospective opportunities in connection with the CTP programme. .

The notice says that the NHS 5-Year Forward View explains the need to redesign urgent and emergency care services in England for people of all ages with physical and mental health problems, and sets out the new models of care needed to do so.

It says, “The urgent and emergency care review details how these models of care can be achieved through a fundamental shift in the way urgent and emergency care services are provided, improving out-of-hospital services so that we deliver more care closer to home and reducing hospital attendances/admissions.

“The Clinical Triage Platform (CTP) is a programme of transformation to improve the precision, access, and utility of patient triage in the urgent care system. The procurement is to acquire the components necessary to build the next generation Clinical Decision Support System (CDSS). This will build on the success of NHS Pathways, but also recognise the needs of individuals on the basis of the language they use, link to patient records and crisis plans and have the potential to factor in phenotypic data from wearables and remote monitoring devices.”

The PIN warns that the estimated value of £20m and prospect contract dates are indicative only and individual procurements resulting may be of considerably lower value. A supplier engagement day is expected to be held in the week commencing June 6.

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