On 5 November 2014, GPC signed an agreement to enter into the GP Systems of Choice (GPSoC) framework to provide Additional GP IT Services (Lot 2).
Lot 2 will enable local organisations, including general practices and CCGs, to procure additional software, hardware and professional services, complementary to those available under Lot 1. A summary of the products and services which each supplier intends to provide is now available on the GPSoC website.
HSCIC will now begin work with suppliers to develop entries for an online catalogue detailing their service offerings. The Lot 2 catalogue will be published in December 2014 and will be accompanied by ‘how to buy’ guidance to support local organisations in ordering services.
Services will be funded by the local organisations and ordered through a Call Off Agreement. This will allow ordering parties to negotiate some of the contract terms relating to delivery of the Lot 2 services, such as service management and implementation provisions. A template Call Off Agreement and a generic version of the executed Lot 2 Framework Agreement are now available on the GPSoC website.
Kemi Adenubi, GPSoC Programme Director at HSCIC, said: “It is very exciting to be welcoming 30 suppliers into GPSoC Lot 2. This new framework will make it easier for CCGs and practices to procure GP IT services that support the delivery of patient care. It is also good for suppliers, facilitating access to interfaces with GP principal clinical systems and access to their customers.”
Huw Morgan, GPC Technical Director said: “We are really pleased to have successfully completed the GPSoC Lot 2 process and to be able to offer our HINT suite of products. By interfacing with GP clinical systems HINT is able to provide more accurate recommendations (or HINT’s) as to which patients are suitable for intervention. Its a really exciting time for GPC and everyone has worked really hard to get this completed. The next few months will see a range of game changing products announced so this is a really important step for us”