I would like to thank you and your team for the exceptional guidance, direction and support given through our procurement process, contract development and potential supplier relationship. You brought a strong set of procurement, contract and best practice skills along with being approachable at any time and always willing to 'go the extra mile'. The procurement documents provided to me and the updates on Kahootz were comprehensive while easy to understand. I have confidence that the procurement was a great success in finding the correct solution, a partner we can work with and with a substantial saving. As you know the price between the winning supplier and another supplier who offered an acceptable solution was over £2 million. I do not believe we would have achieved the good result and got through the complex procurement process without your support. Nic Labuschagne, IM&T Manager
The purpose of the Prime Minister’s GP Access Fund (PMGPAF) is to review primary care models and stimulate innovative ways of providing primary care services. Ultimately the aim is to improve patient access to primary care.
Following their evaluation of the first wave of PMCF schemes, NHS England appointed SCW to provide a central commercial IT procurement hub to support the second wave of applications, most of which were led by federated GP organisations.
There was a need for us to provide general IT procurement support for all projects in the second wave to help them make rapid progress, manage the transformation required and achieve tangible results from the investment provided within planned timescales.
We provided a broad range of IT procurement support to the second wave of participants, including; responding to a wide variety of requirements including sourcing, procurement, commercial / contractual negotiations and managing supplier relationships. Our standardised IT procurement support and management of exceptional requests enabled the delivery of proactive support to share the learning, approaches and tools that were developed through the programme.
Acting in a liaison role – we signposted access to other schemes so that there was a wide understanding of all other resources that were available, finalising with market research such as investigating new entrants to the market and building relationships with suppliers.
Over the course of the engagement we contributed to improving the access to primary care for patients and delivered £300k cost savings in technology so that the procurement support service became self-financing.
We achieved this by developing a portfolio of procurement documentation in template form that delivered process cost savings as well as informing the primary care digital strategy by providing an emerging technology toolkit for GP federations.
- All the second wave PMGPAF schemes have achieved tangible results by becoming operational, and NHS England have further recognised the value we have contributed by extending our support for three months.