NHS selects 12 consultancies for Digital Capability for Health framework

01 February 2021 Consultancy.uk 2 min. read

The Crown Commercial Service has following a highly competitive bid process selected twelve consultancies for its Digital Capability for Health framework. 

More than 1,000 suppliers – management consulting firms, healthcare consultancies and IT services providers – initially declared their interest for the new framework agreement, making the process one of the most competitive tenders in UK’s public sector in recent years.

The tender process was run in tandem by the Crown Commercial Service and NHS Digital, with the aim of selecting a list of preferred leading suppliers that can support the NHS with the delivery of its ambitious digital transformation agenda. 

The following twelve suppliers have been appointed to the Digital Capability for Health framework: Accenture, Aire Logic, BJSS, Capita, Cognizant, Hippo Digital, IBM, Infinity Works, Informed Solutions, Kainos Software, Mastek and Netcompany.

Accenture, Aire Logic, BJSS, Capita, Cognizant, Hippo Digital, IBM, Infinity Works, Informed Solutions, Kainos Software, Mastek and Netcompany

Commenting on the appointments, Robert McMillan commercial director at NHS Digital said: “We are pleased to welcome these twelve strong suppliers with leading expertise across the digital lifecycle and look forward to developing relationships with these suppliers and their supply chains to further strengthen our delivery capabilities.” 

Made up of a single lot, the agreement covers five key areas of the digital transformation journey:

  • Development and operations (DevOps) – for ongoing minor improvements of live services
  • Digital definition services – creating and progressing the project through discovery and alpha phases
  • Build and transition services – building the services using beta and live phases
  • End-to-end development services – designing and developing the services from discovery to live phases
  • Data management (and similar) services – for performing data collection, data processing and analysis and management of data and services

The framework agreement with the twelve consultancies runs for the next four years. 

Meanwhile, the framework has according to the Crown Commercial Service attracted interest from other public sector bodies, including Public Health England, NHSX and NHS Business Services Authority. Public sector organisations are increasingly channelling their external consultancy spend through frameworks, as it enables them to standardise processes, better engage with external providers to safeguard quality, while lowering fees through more bulk procurement.

In 2018, the NHS selected 107 different UK-based consultancies for its Management Consultancy Framework.