Silverlink appointed to Gateshead procurement framework designed to give NHS trusts faster and easier access to digital transformation tools

Silverlink Software has been appointed to the new QE procurement framework, established and managed by Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust’s facilities division, to give other Trusts a fast and cost-effective route to obtain health tech solutions 

Having been successful in all four Lots that the company applied for, Trusts can use the framework to procure Silverlink Software’s Theatres, A&E and Bed Management modules, as well as their Patient Administration System (PAS) which is already tried and trusted by over 12 Acute Trusts across 50 locations nationwide.    

Designed to help Trusts buy complex IT solutions to support patient care, the QE framework requires suppliers such as Silverlink Software to go through extensive due diligence relating to their commercial credentials including compliance against a range of clinical and industry standardsand solution functionality. In turn, saving healthcare providers significant timemoney and resource from having to do this themselves.  

Trusts have the added confidence that the framework is managed by a team of experts with over 30 years of experience in procurement, who are also on hand to provide contractual support during negotiations and once the agreement is in place.   

In a change to recent trends, the QE framework does not require PAS suppliers to be listed as part of a single Lot for Electronic Patient Records (EPR)giving Trusts more freedom of choice. A buyer can opt to procure Silverlink Software’s PAS as a single system, rather than as part of an enterprise-wide EPR solution. This approach has also enabled Silverlink Software to list a combination of its departmental modules not traditionally offered on frameworks, giving existing their PAS customers the ability to procure additional modules with ease, to complement their bespoke digital ecosystem.     

Liz Hobson, Commercial Manager, Silverlink Software, said: “IT procurement can be a very complex, lengthy and costly process for NHS Trusts, so we welcomed the opportunity to be listed on the QE framework. It is specifically aimed at helping providers navigate this process and ensure they get the solutions they need, whilst minimising the procurement burden on trust staff.   

“From a Silverlink perspective, we are also delighted to have the opportunity to be involved in a framework that is taking a more flexible approach to digital procurement, and enabling specialist suppliers to list their solutions without having to partner with larger prime contractors.”  

This recent appointment builds on previous success for the company having already secured appointments on the Digital Marketplace via the G Cloud frameworks and the London Procurement Partnership (LPP) for other Silverlink product sets.