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Holds conference on 18 Sept to discuss electronic staff record system

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The Department of Health has issued a pre-tender for a framework agreement contract to provide an electronic staff record system and pension scheme administration services. Suppliers will be bidding for a lucrative contract beginning in 2014.

A notice in the Official Journal of the European Union indicates that there will be a requirement for "operating, developing, aligning and transforming the services required in the administration of the NHS pension scheme and the services currently provided by the NHS electronic staff record."

According to the NHS electronic staff record website , the current contract for the provision of the NHS electronic staff record (ESR) will come to an end on 31 August 2014.

The department originally contracted with McKesson to develop the NHS's electronic staff register human resources system, which went live in April 2008. In May 2011 the DH announced its commitment to ESR after August 2014 and said that a feasibility study would be conducted to scope out the requirement of retaining ESR as a central workforce solution for the NHS.

The feasibility study is now complete and the DH has concluded that there is a clear economic case for ongoing central payment of ESR, and this is now being taken forward as the preferred option for the business case.

The DH plans to hold a supplier conference on the 18 September which it says will provide a forum for potential suppliers to gain a broad understanding of the opportunity and emerging plans for the future provision of the ESR and NHS pension administration scheme services.

The pre-tender says the objectives for the day include introducing the project and project requirements to the supplier market, introducing the current services to the market and providing some insights into the emerging plans for the commercial approach. It will also provide an opportunity to gain feedback, which may be used to shape and refine the proposition before any formal procurement begins.

This article was originally published at Government Computing.

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