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SME consortium aims to enhance NHS digital services

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The consortium includes Hippo Digital, Answer Digital, Apira Ltd, Made Tech and The Data Shed

A new SME consortium has been accepted onto the Crown Commercial Services’ Digital Capability for Health Framework with the aim of enhancing services for the NHS.

The multimillion-pound initiative, which runs over four years, aims to put in place a collaborative agreement for use by NHS Digital and other national, regional and local public sector health and social care bodies, for the provision of digital outcomes and supporting services.

Led by prime contractor Hippo Digital, the SMEs include Answer DigitalApira Ltd, Made Tech and The Data Shed.

Adam Lewis, managing director of Hippo Digital, said: “We are proud to have been accepted onto the framework and having such an accomplished group of SMEs by our side brings added strength and depth to our combined capability.

“Together with our partners, we blend an exciting mix of specialist skills and healthcare experience to provide maximum value to our clients and their service users.”

With the framework covering DevOps services, digital definition services, build and transition services, end-to-end development services and data management services, the consortium’s range of specialist skills will provide the NHS and health and social care organisations with access to digital skills and products designed to improve services for both staff and patients.

The group will also provide an avenue to help the Government reach its goal of channelling a third of external spending through small and medium sized enterprises by 2022.

Hazel Jones, head of health at Made Tech, said: “The UK is home to a broad range of innovative SMEs which provide digital solutions and services that have the potential to revolutionise health and social care.

“This group brings together five of these organisations united by a shared passion to provide lasting value to the public sector, employees and service users.”

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