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Future GP IT systems and services

Summary

GPs, practice staff, suppliers and buyers in Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Commissioning Support Unit (CSUs) can work with us to improve GP IT systems and services.

The GP IT Futures programme is a critical enabler for taking primary care towards the requirements set out in the NHS Long Term Plan, five year framework for GP contract reform and the Digital, Data and Technology Vision. Whilst delivering safe, resilient and functionally rich clinical GP systems, the most important and urgent change is to ensure that patients and the NHS can safely and securely access and share primary care data in real-time. This data connects patient care across care settings. It provides the insight to allow the NHS to be more efficient. It enables progress in medical research.

A new GP IT Futures framework, the first framework from the new Digital Care Services model, will replace the contractual framework GP System of Choice (GPSoC), to supply IT systems and services to GP practices and associated organisations in England.

We have an exciting opportunity to establish the foundations for patients, clinicians and staff to benefit from the rapid evolution of technology and insights from data.

We want to develop the GP IT market to meet growing needs in new models of care and in federated GP practices.

We are using technology and data to transform patient care in general practice. This will help to improve quality, safety and efficiency.

News

Invitation to tender launched

We have published an invitation to tender for existing and new suppliers to bid to be listed on a new IT systems framework for primary care, advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). This release signals the market for GP system supply is now open to innovative and ambitious companies at the cutting edge of healthcare technology. 

The invitation to tender is the next step in delivering the new GP IT Futures framework, which is the first framework in the new Digital Care Services model and sets out the high standards that we expect, so that clinicians have the best digital tools and services now and in the future. 

We are setting a higher standard for this industry. We want to work with suppliers able to achieve these new standards and who understand the technology vision. Over the next couple of months suppliers need to provide evidence of their capability and intent in their responses to the ITT and via onboarding their solutions and services to our new digital buying catalogue.

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Our vision

We will deliver changes in the technology landscape to support the transformation of primary care.

The objectives of the GP IT Futures programme are to:

  • provide clinically safe and useful digital services and data services for patients and general practice, ensuring minimal disruption to care for citizens as new tech standards or suppliers are introduced
  • move to open, modern, cloud native architectures, with consistent technical and data standards
  • reform the commercial landscape of GP and primary care IT to provide an open, dynamic and competitive market
  • put NHS and patient users at the centre of the design, underpinned by user research and with regular iterations

These are supported by four minimum strategic objectives for the programme to:

  • achieve real-time and secure access to data for patients and NHS users
  • allow interoperability between systems, enabling seamless, digitised workflows in and between care settings, in real time, underpinned by common standards and supporting new models of care and primary care networks
  • enable relevant, resilient and plural ecosystem of GP and primary care IT systems, which evolve with advances in technology and the NHS
  • allow data to be easily and consistently captured to enable comparison of activity and clinical outcomes.

What we are delivering

GP IT Futures will create a new environment for the supply of clinical IT systems to general practice that will support GP federations, enable new care models and help local partnerships transform their services. 

The programme will deliver: 

  • a new GP IT Futures framework to succeed the GPSoC framework that will provide the opportunity for safe and secure GP systems that are modern, resilient, interoperable, and offer more relevant product options to meet the needs of the service
  • a set of common and open technology and data standards for clinical IT systems, delivered by suppliers, to meet the emerging and future demands of GPs, primary care networks and new care models - the standards will enable all parts of the NHS to become connected, enabling better information for clinicians and better care for patients
  • a new digital marketplace, the Digital Buying Catalogue, that will provide an online platform to search and compare approved suppliers’ solutions on the framework and procure clinical IT system capabilities
  • migration of all practices from GPSoC to the GP IT Futures framework
  • supplier technology platforms that meet the NHS’s needs for greater access to GP data and the flow of digital information between care settings

Working with us

Suppliers

We want to work with any ambitious and innovative technology companies who want to work with the NHS and who’s systems meet the standards and capabilities set out in the new framework. 

Our new online Digital Buying Catalogue will give you a shop window for you to present your new technology tools and services to GPs, CCGs, and all buyers in primary care.

We want you to help us create brilliant, accessible and easy to use technology services and tools for our GPs.

Help us deliver a truly connected NHS, one in which GP practices across England can easily share the information required to deliver better care for patients.

What this means for general practice

  1. They will continue to have central support for the provision of core clinical IT systems. The systems and services bought will be interoperable, meaning they’ll be able to ‘talk’ to each other across the NHS. That means information can be shared safely and securely and will work more effectively across care settings, regardless of which systems are chosen.
  2. Access to a greater selection of modern digital tools and capabilities – such as e-consultation tools or social prescribing that will help them to be more effective and to meet the needs of patients.
  3. GP systems will further develop interoperability with the NHS App and an increasing range of linked tools.
  4. A new online NHS Digital Buying Catalogue to find primary care technology systems and services, making it easier to find, easier to understand, easier to choose and easier to buy. This will transform their buying experience.
  5. Confidence that all services on the framework will have met stringent data and technology standards for safety, security and interoperability.

Further information

Bravo

Visit our Bravo commercial platform for more details about GP IT Futures, which is the first framework in the new Digital Care Services model.

GPSoC services

GP Systems of Choice (GPSoC) was split into 3 procurement lots - Lot 1, Lot 2 and Lot 3 - each providing different IT products and services. Lot 1 services are centrally procured and funded by the continuity agreement., since 31 March 2018, Lot 2 and 3 services are no longer available through central procurement, these services may still be procured locally by the CCGs, they as they are locally funded services.

GP Connect

GP Connect is a service that will allow GP practices and authorised clinical staff to share and view GP practice clinical information and data between IT systems, quickly and efficiently.

Last edited: 23 May 2019 3:21 pm