NHS Shared Business Services (SBS) has launched a new cloud solutions framework valued at up to £500m and open to all public sector organisations in the UK.
The agency hopes that the comparably small pool of 24 suppliers will streamline procurement and distinguish the framework from larger alternatives such as G-Cloud, which lists 4,200.
Phil Davies, procurement director at NHS SBS, said in a statement: “To ensure framework users have access to the very best cloud services at the most competitive price, we carried out a rigorous tender process.
“The result is a specialist pool of 24 leading suppliers, which provide the greatest expertise and value-for-money to the public sector.”
A spokesperson told NS Tech that all buyers benefit from the NHS’s procurement terms and conditions, offering contracting authorities “significant protections”.
The framework’s four lots are: solution design and consultancy; infrastructure as a service, platform as a service and software as a service; cloud support services and end-to-end clout solutions. UK Cloud, Softcat, Capgemini and Fujitsu are the among the select suppliers, a full list of which can be found on NHS SBS’s website.