- Contract (Services)
- not specified
- 12 Jul 2019
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This VEAT notice is to provide PHE with the time necessary to allow the 3 national newborn programmes to continue to operate safely and effectively whilst affording PHE additional time to await the outcome of several key reviews on screening.
Total Quantity or Scope
This VEAT notice is to provide PHE with the time necessary to allow the 3 national newborn programmes (hearing, infant physical examination and blood spot) to continue to operate safely and effectively whilst affording PHE additional time to await the outcome of several key reviews on screening.
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- 48000000 - Software package and information systems
- Options are not available.
NHS Screening Programmes identify apparently healthy people who may be at increased risk of a disease or condition, enabling earlier diagnosis, management or treatment and better-informed decisions. They are implemented on the advice of the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC), which oversees screening policy in all 4 nations, and works with the different implementation bodies to support delivery. The Screening Division within PHE provides strategic leadership, implementation and delivery of the eleven national NHS Screening Programmes. They provide the NHS with the relevant screening pathways, standards and KPI’s to ensure safe and effective delivery within NHSE in a manner that is consistent across England. There are three newborn screening programmes that are led by the Antenatal and Newborn (ANNB) Screening Programmes Team within the Screening Division. The Newborn Screening Programmes all focus on the newborn baby and include: NHS Newborn and Infant Physical Examination Screening Programme (NIPE); NHS Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP); NHS Newborn Blood Spot Screening Programme (NBS). The 3 programmes above each have their respective IT systems however the technologies of each system have been aligned and now share a common IT stack. The expiry date of the current contract is 30.9.2020 and the aim of PHE had been to lead a market engagement exercise ahead of going to market for a competitive tendering process to find a supplier to support and maintain the platform for a 4 or 5 year period. Northgate Public Services is the current supplier. The planned procurement exercise described above is now on hold due to ongoing reviews/projects that are underway. These reviews are focused on, inter alia, how screening as a whole is configured and how screening should operate to ensure fitness for purpose in the digital age. As a result PHE are looking to extend the current contract by up to 2 years (although expectations are that a 1 year extension will suffice). This will allow the three national newborn programmes identified above to continue to operate safely and effectively whilst affording PHE additional time to await the outcome of the key reviews. It is expected that once the outcome of the reviews that a market engagement exercise will be undertaken ahead of a competitive procurement thereby ensuring a supplier is in place for September 2021. If that is the case, contracts finder will be used to advertise the opportunity for the new tender. No information will be released outside contracts finder, any company that contacts PHE directly may be disqualified from the opportunity when it is published.