NHSX has launched a dynamic purchasing system (DPS) for adult social care providers to procurement digital social care records solutions.
It has set up the framework as part of the Digital Social Care Records Programme, launched in September of last year, aimed at accelerating the adoption of the records.
The DPS initially includes four suppliers – everyLIFE, iplanit by Asprico, Nourish and Person Centred Software – although NHSX expects others to join over the next few months. It will be in place until November 2024.
Explaining the background in a blogpost, assistant director of programmes Pete Skinner and programme manager for market engagement and standards Claire Hessey said: “In October 2020, we began engaging with suppliers, the social care sector and the Professional Records Standards Body to understand the priorities and functionality that carers and care managers need,” they said. These were then built in as minimum requirements that all suppliers must meet.
“We also included a number of optional capabilities to help social care providers narrow down the systems available to those that best meet their needs.
“We will be continuing to work with the sector to develop purchasing guidance, helping to highlight key areas that a provider should think about to ensure that they are buying the solution that best supports them.”
They added that the move aligns with a push for greater interoperability with NHS systems, including shared care records, and that NHSX intends to provide more support to the social care sector over coming months, working through integrated care systems.
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