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Scotland Excel launches procurement framework for social care systems


Mark Say Managing Editor


Scotland Excel has set up a national contract for the procurement of social care case management systems.

Young hands on old hands

The public sector procurement organisation has developed the Social Care Case Management Solutions Framework with the Digital Office for Scottish Local Government and said it could account for a spend of around £28 million over the next four years.

It includes tools and solutions to support frontline practice, self-management and shared decision making, all compliant with the National Cyber Security Centre’s Cloud Security Principles to support secure information sharing.

Five UK based SMEs are on the framework: Advanced Health and Care, Azeus, Liquidlogic, OLM Systems and Servelec Social Care. It provides fixed prices for a number of services including licences, configuration, delivery, knowledge transfer and training.

It also includes services with upfront annual recurring costs including cover support and maintenance, costs for which have been fixed for a year.

The contract will run until February 2025.

Julie Welsh, chief executive of Scotland Excel, said: “Scotland Excel will actively manage suppliers through the duration of the framework. This means that local authorities can be confident that they are receiving best value services and products.

“As well as frontline staff being able to securely and safely access, update and share information, the solutions offered through the framework include self-directed support capability for citizens, to improve their ability to shape and control the services they receive.”

Martyn Wallace, chief digital officer for the Digital Office for Scottish Local Government, said: “Suppliers within this framework will support us with being able to utilise available data sets to help with ongoing support and wellbeing to vulnerable people.

“It also aligns with the intended direction of the upcoming refreshed Scottish Digital Health and Care Strategy which has two specific themes around cloud and data, which should be considered in any solutions built for health and care across the public sector.”

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