New Digital Hardware Framework to save up to £250m

NHS Shared Business Services has launched the Digital Workplace: Hardware framework, offering consumer-oriented technologies across a range of end-user IT Hardware products and services.

The framework, which is due to run until the end of February 2023 (with the option to extend to 2025), has an estimated value of around £1 billion. With average indicative savings of 25 per cent compared to buying direct from a supplier at list price, the potential cost saving for the public sector is expected to be up to £250 million.

The new Digital Workplace: Hardware agreement provides public bodies, such as NHS trusts, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), universities, emergency services and local authorities, with a simple and compliant route to market for the most frequently required end-user client devices.

The new streamlined agreement is free-to-access and includes everything from desktop PCs, laptops/notebook devices, mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, wearables), specialist healthcare related IT hardware (clinical displays, infection control keyboards, mobile carts), printers/scanners, and a one-stop-shop for peripheral items or bundled requirements.

The framework also provides organisations with the option to utilise value-added services, for example, 'Device as a Service' (DVaaS) and deployment services, as well as obtain the latest sustainable products or new-to-market innovations, such as virtual reality headsets used in medical diagnosis. DVaaS is an innovative, flexible and transparent alternative to the traditional capital equipment purchase model, whereby customers can source IT and associated devices at a finite cost per device per month over a desired term.

Phil Davies, director of Procurement at NHS SBS, said: "This new framework has been developed to build on the success of our previous IT Hardware  framework agreement, which was very well used by the NHS and wider public sector, and has been critical to many organisations as they have responded to the challenges presented by the pandemic. The new framework provides ease and peace of mind for organisations looking for an efficient and cost-effective way to meet their end user device needs.

"In 2020, much of the country moved to remote working with huge success. The launch of the Digital Workplace: Hardware framework means the public sector can continue to access technologies that are pivotal to supporting productivity through flexible and innovative ways of working.

"The framework has been carefully-negotiated to ensure it offers the latest devices with highly competitive public sector pricing. With a comprehensive procurement exercise already undertaken, NHS and other public sector organisations can save valuable time and resource by directly awarding or carrying out mini-competitions as required."

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