MOD Secondment Opportunity

The Office of the Chief Technology Officer to the Navy Board has 4-12 month secondment opportunities working at the heart of Naval Command Headquarters in Portsmouth. Secondees will gain unique insight into how technology is being driven further and faster into the Royal Navy, working across all areas of the Service and engaging with a broad range of cutting-edge innovation and tech companies.

High-performing individuals are sought to support the delivery of OCTO’s agility, digital, autonomy and lethality strategies, not necessarily from a defence background. Interested companies should in the first instance contact navyocto-mailbox@mod.gov.uk for further details.

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MOD Secondment Opportunity

The Office of the Chief Technology Officer to the Navy Board has 4-12 month secondment opportunities working at the heart of Naval Command Headquarters in Portsmouth. Secondees will gain unique insight into how technology is being driven further and faster into the Royal Navy, working across all areas of the Service and engaging with a broad range of cutting-edge innovation and tech companies.

High-performing individuals are sought to support the delivery of OCTO’s agility, digital, autonomy and lethality strategies, not necessarily from a defence background. Interested companies should in the first instance contact navy-octomailbox@mod.gov.uk for further details.

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Prompt Payment Policy

Government has a longstanding commitment to improve payment practices across the public and private sector. To support this commitment, a new Prompt Payment policy has been introduced which will use prompt payment performance as part of the supplier selection process, with effect from 1 September 2019.

Every year, thousands of businesses experience severe administrative and financial burdens as they are not paid on time. Late payment is a key issue for business, especially smaller businesses, as it can adversely affect their cash flow and jeopardise their ability to trade.

The Prompt Payment policy means that bidders for government contracts (including defence) will be required to provide evidence about their payment performance, including the percentage of invoices paid within 60 days across both their private and public sector business. Suppliers who are unable to demonstrate that they have effective systems in place that ensure a fair and responsible approach to payment of their supply chain may be excluded from bidding.

The Cabinet Office has now published detailed guidance PPN 04/19 on how payment performance will be taken into account in the procurement of major government contracts and you may need to take action to mitigate the risk of being excluded from bidding for government work.

Key points to note are as follows:

  • This policy will be implemented in government contracts with expected revenues above £5m per annum.
  • Although guidance PPN 04/19 applies to the Public Contracts Regulations (PCR) 2015, the MOD has adopted a similar approach to procurements conducted under the Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations (DSPCR) 2011.
  • A phased approach to implementation will be adopted. Suppliers will not be excluded from bidding provided they meet 75% (of invoices paid within 60 days) in one of their previous two reports and submit an acceptable action plan for improvement to the contracting authority with their bid.
    The action plan will need to follow the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) format and meet five key criteria:

    • Identification of the primary causes of failure to pay
    • Actions to address each of these causes
    • Commitment to regular reporting on progress to your Audit Committee Plan signed off by a director
    • Plan published on company website (this can be a shorter summary plan)
  • The 75% threshold will be raised over time, and any changes will be fully communicated in advance.
  • Bidders can remove inter-company payments from their calculations, which can skew the headline figure on the published data.
  • Large companies should already be reporting payment performance every six months in accordance with the Reporting on Payment Practices and Performance Regulations 2017, and all relevant legal entities should be reporting this data via BEIS – https://check-payment-practices.service.gov.uk.

Suppliers are advised to:

This does not preclude the MOD’s standard contract condition (DEFCON 534) requiring suppliers to pay undisputed invoices within 30 days, which will take precedence. This condition also seeks to ensure prompt payment throughout the supply chain by requiring an equivalent condition to ensure that subcontractors also pay within 30 days.

Interested in working with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation?

Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) manages the defence estate in the UK and abroad. We will be tendering £5 billion worth of contracts in the next few years. We will be tendering hard and soft facilities management services, construction, professional services and utilities.

We would like to hear from suppliers that do not currently have contracts with DIO, but would be interested in doing business with us.

Our Supplier Management team will be contacting a sample of suppliers who complete the form. We would like to know how we can support those companies who are interested in our business.

This is part of delivering our strategic objectives to:

  • be easier to do business with
  • engage meaningfully with our suppliers;
  • and have a broader and more diverse supplier base.

Please fill out this short Expression of Interest form.

 

Defence Infrastructure Organisation priorities

SME Business Growth and Support Workshops – Boston, Durham, Norwich and Taunton

NEW The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is holding a series of workshops for SMEs on issues related to business growth and success. The events will allow businesses to set out their priorities on a range of businesses issues, including Brexit. Officials from across government will also be sharing information on operational areas that are expected to change when the UK leaves the EU and the preparations businesses need to make on areas including importing, exporting & transporting and employing EU citizens.

Future Defence ECM, Data Room

Defence Equipment & Support are launching an Award Data Room to provide updates on the plans to deliver the Future Defence Electronic Counter Measure (ECM) capability. The aim of Force Protection (FP) ECM is to ensure that UK service personnel are protected from the threat posed by explosive ordnance initiated using the Electromagnetic Environment (EME) as a command mechanism.

The FP ECM Delivery Team (DT) have previously hosted two Industry Day’s providing updates to the Cat A project and progress towards the Land CEMA Architecture (LCA). The data room will be used to provide all future updates and information and is subject to contract. Access can be requested using the following link https://award.bravosolution.co.uk/fecm/web/project/103/register.

The Force Protection Electronic Countermeasures (FPECM) Delivery Team (DT) is part of Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S). The DT are primarily responsible for delivering life-saving ECM capabilities to multiple front-line commands. The future Defence ECM capability project is currently in the Concept phase.

This is a Cat A requirement with anticipated work for a wide range of industry participants including SMEs.

To answer questionnaires to assist with sculpting the requirement, to find more information on the requirement and to receive updates;
Please request access to the teams Award Data Room, using the following link:

https://award.bravosolution.co.uk/fecm/web/project/103/register.

Organisations that could contribute to the key technology areas, include but are not limited to antennas, amplifiers, filters, radio frequency front ends, processors, network capabilities, power, mass data analytics and software development, Along with organisations that can contribute to the integration of complex systems or the development of novel countermeasure techniques are encouraged to register.

Programme CORTISONE – Notice of Request for Information Relating to a draft Statement of Requirement for Document Management, Workflow & Task Management, and e-Forms

Programme CORTISONE – Notice of Request for Information Relating to a draft Statement of Requirement for Document Management, Workflow & Task Management, and e-Forms is now available through the CORTISONE Supplier Portal

This announcement invites interested suppliers to view the draft Statement of Requirement for Document Management, Workflow & Task Management, and e-Forms for the CORTISONE Programme within the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) on the CORTISONE Supplier Portal.

Following on from a series of Discovery Days (July to November 2018, continuing with Discovery Day 6 in June 2019) and the CORTISONE Industry Day (28 January 2019 at techUK in London), the CORTISONE Programme is issuing a Request for Information (RFI). This RFI invites interested suppliers to read and provide feedback on the draft Statement of Requirement for the Programme’s planned procurement of Document Management, Workflow & Task Management, and e-Forms. The CORTISONE team intends to provide further details of the procurement itself later in 2019. The Programme team’s preference is to procure the Document Management, Workflow & Task Management, and e-Forms through a suitable framework where one exists.

Overview of the CORTISONE Document Management, Workflow & Task Management, and e-Forms

The Statement of Requirement released as part of this RFI covers the CORTISONE Document Management, Workflow & Task Management, and e-Forms:

Document Management. The Document Management System will provide high-volume long-term storage and management capabilities for all non-DICOM CORTISONE content. It is also expected to provide advanced document capture, version control, retention/disposal, search and flexible access control capabilities; and to be capable of managing records of content stored in non-digital form, or in another digital store. This should also include a Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA). The VNA will provide vendor-independent storage and management for DICOM standard medical images. This will be directly accessible by the legacy and future CORTISONE PACS/RIS (and other native DICOM systems) and will sit alongside, and be integrated with, the Document Management System. A Zero Footprint Viewer will also be required, to provide a high level of DICOM image display functionality from within a browser.

Workflow & Task Management. A workflow & task management capability is required across the CORTISONE ecosystem, providing for the configuration, performance and monitoring of defined sequences of tasks. The workflow functionality may be delivered by the same product as the Document Management or as a separate, suitably integrated, product.

e-Forms. e-Forms capability is required across the CORTISONE ecosystem, for example it may be used to fill functionality gaps in clinical systems (e.g. Defence specific occupational health requirements). In addition, e-Forms may be used to support the capture of patient information in the Deployed environment.

How do I get access to the information?

The CORTISONE team intends to make the RFI and draft Statement of Requirement available through the CORTISONE Supplier Portal, a new online workspace that will enable the Programme to share information with suppliers of relevant products and services in pre-procurement market engagement.

New suppliers are invited to request access to the CORTISONE Supplier Portal by nominating up to two representatives from their company to be granted membership.

The representatives should provide the following information to ISSDev-ASDT-EngageCORTISONE-Gp@mod.gov.uk:

  • Full name of company;
  • Full name(s) of representative(s);
  • Role(s) of the representative(s) within the company;
  • Company email address(es) of representative(s). This email will be associated with their membership of the portal.

Invitations will be sent to the nominated email addresses with a link providing access to the CORTISONE Supplier Portal, along with instructions for finding and responding to the RFI and draft Statement of Requirement.

Please note that completed RFI questionnaires should be returned to the CORTISONE Team by email to ISSDev-ASDT-EngageCORTISONE-Gp@mod.gov.uk no later than 10:00 BST on 27 June 19.

CORTISONE Supplier Portal

The CORTISONE Supplier Portal is a new online workspace that enables the CORTISONE Programme to share information with suppliers of relevant products and services in pre-procurement market engagement. This may include draft Statements of Requirements for different products and services that CORTISONE intends to procure as well as draft design artefacts that provide useful technical details for suppliers interested in the Programme. The portal also provides information about the context and status of the CORTISONE Programme in the CORTISONE Overview pages.

Significant additions to the content published on the CORTISONE Supplier Portal will be announced on Defence Contracts Online first. Suppliers will be given the opportunity to request access to the CORTISONE Supplier Portal on a rolling basis. Any queries about access to the CORTISONE Supplier Portal should be directed to ISSDev-ASDT-EngageCORTISONE-Gp@mod.gov.uk.

Responding to this announcement is voluntary and does not start the official procurement process for the CORTISONE requirement. Participation in the CORTISONE Supplier Portal does not guarantee, or jeopardise, your inclusion in a future procurement exercise. It should be noted that all information released in relation to the CORTISONE Supplier Portal is released on a without commitment basis, is subject to change and may not form part of any future procurement process.

No down-selection will take place as a consequence of any responses or interactions relating to the CORTISONE Supplier Portal unless stated otherwise. Additionally, no information provided in response to this announcement or in relation to the CORTISONE Supplier Portal will be used in any way for the purpose of evaluating suppliers or their products in any future procurement process.

What is Programme CORTISONE?

The aim of Programme CORTISONE is to deliver an integrated ecosystem of medical information services to the Defence Medical Services (DMS). Its vision is to deliver ‘a sustainable, integrated, cohesive and enduring information capability that will fully and effectively support the delivery of evidence-based medical and dental health and healthcare outputs, to achieve the Aim of the Defence Medical Services’ – which is to Promote, Protect and Restore the health of the Defence population in order to maximise their fitness for role, while maintaining an occupational focus and an operational edge.

A multi-million-pound programme, with global reach and operations equivalent in size to two large CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) and a Community Trust, CORTISONE looks to procure a full suite of healthcare software from multiple healthcare product/service suppliers, together with develop and deliver services. It is anticipated that elements of the ecosystem will be re-competed on a regular basis to ensure the best solutions are being delivered to users, giving an ongoing opportunity for market players to get involved with the ecosystem on a long-term basis.

The MOD is looking for a range of companies to engage with the programme, delivering a full suite of healthcare software to meet use-cases and patient-journey-defined functional requirements. With the modular nature of the procurement allowing innovation, all suppliers are encouraged to take a leading role in delivery of functionality.

The CORTISONE programme has been engaging with suppliers through Industry Days on 17 May 2018 and 28 January 2019 and through a series of Discovery Days, where it has invited potential suppliers to present information on services and demonstrate products to relevant technical and business staff from the CORTISONE programme.  Previous Discovery Days have addressed:

  • Primary Medical Care (Discovery Day 1, 30 July 2018)
  • Dental Healthcare (Discovery Day 2, 31 July 2018)
  • Integration Platform (Discovery Day 3, 1 and 2 October 2018)
  • Enterprise Master Patient Index (Discovery Day 4, 23 and 24 October 2018)
  • Document Management (Discovery Day 5, 12 and 13 November 2018)

A further Discovery Day will be held in June 2019 and will address Document Management, Workflow & Task Management, and e-Forms. This Discovery Day is designed to evaluate a set of updated requirements for the CORTISONE Document Management System that resulted from the input received during Discovery Day 5. Details on the technical basis for Discovery Day 6 can be found on the Defence Contracts Online announcements.

CORTISONE is also looking to the future and will exploit innovation to align with NHS strategy, virtualise healthcare and integrate with services across the healthcare sector. This might include telemedicine, patient record integration with the NHS and other patient databases, patient condition tracking etc.

Prompt Payment Policy – are you ready?

Every year, thousands of businesses experience severe administrative and financial burdens, simply because they are not paid on time. Late payment is a key issue for business, especially smaller businesses as it can adversely affect their cash flow and jeopardise their ability to trade. In the worst cases, late payment can lead to insolvency.

This is why Oliver Dowden, Minister for Implementation for the Cabinet Office, announced a new prompt payment policy in November 2018 to ensure that all Government suppliers and sub-contractors benefit from being paid on time. Failure of companies to demonstrate prompt payment to their suppliers could result in them being prevented from winning Government contracts.

Bidders for Government contracts will be required to provide evidence about their payment performance, including the percentage of invoices paid within 60 days across both their private and public sector business. Suppliers who are unable to demonstrate that they have effective systems in place that ensure a fair and responsible approach to payment of their supply chain may be excluded from bidding.

This policy will be implemented from September 2019 in Government contracts with expected revenues above £5m per annum. As part of the assessment the MOD will be looking back at payment performance for the previous two 6 month reporting periods. Suppliers’ current payment performance will therefore be considered – and may impact their ability to win business.

Larger companies are already required to publish payment performance in accordance with the Reporting on Payment Practices and Performance Regulations (2017): further information is available at this link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/business-payment-practices-and-performance-reporting-requirements. These reports will be used to verify any response provided as part of the selection process from this Autumn.

Suppliers are advised to:

  • review their published data via BEIS – https://check-payment-practices.service.gov.uk/
  • ensure they are meeting the required standards (95% of payments within 60 days)
  • take any steps to improve performance if required

This does not preclude the MOD’s standard contract condition (DEFCON 534) requiring suppliers to pay undisputed invoices within 30 days, which will take precedence.  This condition also seeks to ensure prompt payment throughout the supply chain by requiring an equivalent condition to ensure that subcontractors also pay within 30 days.

Further information can be found below.

Outcome of consultation

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/prompt-payment-by-government-suppliers

Press Release

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/crack-down-on-suppliers-who-dont-pay-on-time

CORTISONE Discovery Day 6 – Document Management, Workflow & Task Management, and e-Forms

Date: 5 and 6 June 2019

Times: To be agreed with attendees

Venue: Central London

The CORTISONE programme is holding a series of Discovery Days to complement the successful CORTISONE Industry Days, the most recent of which was held on 28th January 2019. These Discovery Days give potential suppliers the opportunity to present information on their services and demonstrate their products to relevant technical and business staff from the CORTISONE programme.

These Discovery Days are intended to inform and validate the CORTISONE ecosystem design and to refine the CORTISONE requirements. Note that beyond seeking technical clarifications or explanations of functionality attendees will not be able to enter into dialogue about the requirements as part of a Discovery Day.

Discovery Day 6 on 5 June 2019, extending to 6 June 2019 if needed, will focus on three services which must be able to both function in a stand-alone capacity and also be capable of integrating with mainstream clinical services and with each other to provide a suite of common services across the CORTISONE ecosystem. These services are:

  • Document Management
  • Workflow & Task Management
  • e-Forms

For this Discovery Day, we would like to see demonstrations of products supporting one or more of these; the demonstration could address Document Management and/or Workflow & Task Management and/or e-Forms.

Discovery Day 5 (Document Management) led to an improved understanding of the requirements for Document Management within the CORTISONE ecosystem. This Discovery Day seeks to validate this understanding and examine further capabilities of commercial Document Management Systems and related services. Some products may be capable of delivering more than one service. We would like to see demonstrations of, or information about, (a) the functional capabilities listed below and (b) the extent to which the product(s) can support the Exemplar Use Case described below.

Document Management

Building on Discovery Day 5 (Document Management), we would like to see further demonstrations of Document Management Systems which address the capabilities below. As a minimum we would like to see demonstrations of, or information about, the system’s ability to:

  • Integrate with Primary Medical Care, Dental Healthcare and other CORTISONE systems by managing documents related to their patient records
  • Display multiple documents at the same time
  • Open in, and maintain, patient context (i.e. the selected patient in the clinical system)
  • Add documents from multiple clinical systems and via ad hoc user uploads
  • Support the bulk import of scanned batches of multi-page paper documents and optimise scanning settings to handle different paper characteristics (e.g. size, single/double-sided, colour, printed text, graphs, high and low resolution images, hand-written text, etc)
  • Provide Optical Character Recognition (OCR) functionality and store the OCR’d text along with the original as part of the stored document
  • Receive, store and display structured clinical documents (e.g. HL7 CDA, FHIR, DICOM, IHE-XDS etc)
  • Support audio, video and image sets
  • Support records of physical items, e.g. additional metadata identifying location within a warehouse
  • Define different metadata items and create metadata manually and automatically, from structured documents, from OCR’d text and from any existing metadata
  • Update metadata configurations as required
  • Import very large volumes (in excess of 100,000,000 documents) of existing documents from other systems and to ‘process’ these documents to generate metadata

We are also interested in the system’s potential ability to:

  • Import documents from medical devices (e.g. ECG traces, Spirometry Results, Ultrasound Scans, etc)
  • Intelligently parse OCR’d text to detect metadata, document type and clinical terms; to store any OCR’d text with the document and to create and send coded clinical entries from the parsed text to patient record systems
  • Provide advanced search capabilities including the ability to search structured documents, associated OCR generated text, clinical terms generated by parsing, etc
  • Manage different versions of documents and different sets of documents (e.g. DICOM image set, CDA Document set)
  • Support information asset retention and disposal policies and information lifecycle management, e.g. automated archiving, provision of tiered storage, etc
  • Provide a VNA (Vendor Neutral Archive) for use by both PACS/RIS systems and other CORTISONE applications
  • Provide a Zero Footprint DICOM Viewer

 Workflow & Task Management

As a minimum we would like to see demonstrations of or information about the system’s ability to:

  • Integrate with Primary Medical Care, Dental Healthcare and other CORTISONE systems
  • Create Task Templates and Workflow Templates (an arrangement of two or more tasks in a variety of different ways) in order to model complex business processes with expected durations and importance levels
  • Associate multiple artefacts with a workflow (e.g. documents, e-Forms, URLs)
  • Support multiple organisations and teams or groups of users such that tasks and workflows can be assigned to a team/group as well as specific individuals

We are also interested in the system’s potential ability to:

  • Track the progress of Tasks and Workflows both by individuals/teams/groups assigned them and by ‘managers’ to monitor business operations and to easily detect delays and bottlenecks
  • Remind users and managers of due/overdue tasks or workflows

e-Forms

As a minimum we would like to see demonstrations of or information about the system’s ability to:

  • Integrate with Primary Medical Care, Dental Healthcare and other CORTISONE systems
  • Define e-Form templates, create new versions and control publication of versions (e.g. not to make available until complete and tested) and to support instances of old versions of forms which may still be in circulation
  • (a) store data captured on forms in a way that allows it to be accessed by other systems; (b) to interface to other systems to select data (e.g. a Master Patient Index to select a patient); (c) to ‘push’ collected data to other systems (e.g. to a patient’s electronic health record) and (d) to import or view existing data from other systems (e.g. previous weight measurements, existing medication)

We are also interested in the system’s potential ability to:

  • Control who has access to view or update parts of a form
  • Define e-Form ‘building blocks’ that allow sections of forms to be re-used in other forms
  • Allow multiple users to update different sections of a form at the same time and to handle instances in which two or more users try to update the same section at the same time
  • Share dates across multiple fields, prompt for dates, make fields mandatory, create inter-dependencies between fields, etc

The ability for products to interoperate with other components of the CORTISONE ecosystem, especially the Integration Platform, the Enterprise Master Patient Index and the other Common Services covered by this Discovery Day, is key. Any product demonstrated should have the ability to interoperate and to support our vision for this collaboration as illustrated by the Exemplar Use Case below.

Exemplar Use Case – Medical Boards

Medical Boards (commonly known as MDTs in the NHS) convene on a regular basis to review a patient’s condition, treatment and ongoing management.  This may involve clinicians and others from different care services planning the future management (care provision) for a patient.  This will typically involve the completion of a Care Plan involving the provision of multiple care packages from multiple services with each service contributing to the plan.

In the CORTISONE world this might be achieved through the use of a shared Care Plan, with the Care Plan co-ordinator circulating the Care Plan (e-Form) with an associated set of references (links) to documents (held in the Document Management system) about the patient, distributed between the various provider personnel for their input (a Task assigned to them) using a Workflow Tool to manage the completion of the e-Form by the required people.  Individuals assigned a Task (within the Workflow) (e.g. to review a patient’s medication), with the e-Form attached, are able to view the referenced documents (in the Document Management System), complete their sections of the Care Plan (e-Form), view (as permitted) other parts of the Care Plan (e-Form) (e.g. medication review results) and mark their Task as complete.  The Care Plan co-ordinator is able to monitor the progress of the Workflow and is able to see who has completed their Tasks and to view the Care Plan (e-Form) during its journey along the Workflow.

Note: Any of these services can be provided by any product as long as the required service is available to all CORTISONE services independently of the host product.  For example, if a particular product delivering another CORTISONE service also provides a Workflow & Task Management capability it will only be considered to be acceptable as the CORTISONE Workflow & Task Management Service if it can be used by other CORTISONE services (e.g. it is possible to workflow a radiology image between radiologists for comment/review, or to circulate a discharge report to all GPs in a General Practice).

We are also interested in seeing information about:

  • Healthcare reference sites (in the UK or elsewhere)

Suppliers able to demonstrate potentially suitable products that can deliver one or more of these services are invited to request a place on the day by sending an email stating the products they intend to demonstrate together with an indication of which criteria they satisfy, to: ISSDev-ASDT-EngageCORTISONE-Gp@mod.gov.uk no later than 10:00 on 14 May 2019. Further information will be supplied to confirmed attendees.

Responding to this announcement is voluntary and does not start the official procurement process for the CORTISONE requirement. Participation in the Discovery Days does not guarantee, or jeopardise, your inclusion in a future procurement exercise. It should be noted that all information released in relation to the Discovery Days is released on a without commitment basis, is subject to change and may not form part of any future procurement process.

No down-selection will take place as a consequence of any responses or interactions relating to the Discovery Days. Additionally, no information provided in response to this announcement or in relation to the Discovery Days will be used in any way for the purpose of evaluating suppliers or their products in any future procurement process.

What is Programme CORTISONE?

The aim of Programme CORTISONE is to deliver an integrated ecosystem of medical information services to the Defence Medical Services. Its vision is to deliver ‘a sustainable, integrated, cohesive and enduring information capability that will fully and effectively support the delivery of evidence-based medical and dental health and healthcare outputs, to achieve the Aim of the Defence Medical Services (DMS)’ – which is to Promote, Protect and Restore the health of the Defence population in order to maximise their fitness for role, while maintaining an occupational focus and an operational edge.

A multi-million-pound programme, with global reach and operations equivalent in size to two large CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) and a Community Trust, CORTISONE looks to procure a full suite of healthcare software from multiple healthcare product/service suppliers, together with develop and deliver services. It is anticipated that elements of the ecosystem will be re-competed on a regular basis to ensure the best solutions are being delivered to users, giving an ongoing opportunity for market players to get involved with the ecosystem on a long-term basis.

The MoD is looking for a range of companies to engage with the programme, delivering a full suite of healthcare software to meet use-cases and patient-journey-defined functional requirements. With the modular nature of the procurement allowing innovation, all suppliers are encouraged to take a leading role in delivery of functionality.

Previous Discovery Days have addressed:

  • Primary Healthcare (Discovery Day 1, 30 July 2018)
  • Dental Healthcare (Discovery Day 2, 31 July 2018)
  • Integration Platforms (Discovery Day 3, 1 and 2 October 2018)
  • Enterprise Master Patient Index products (Discovery Day 4, 23 and 24 October 2018)
  • Document Management (Discovery Day 5, 12 and 13 November 2018)

CORTISONE is also looking to the future and will exploit innovation to align with NHS strategy, virtualise healthcare and integrate with services across the healthcare sector. This might include telemedicine, patient record integration with the NHS and other patient databases, patient condition tracking etc.

 

Defence secretary extends veterans housing offer

The Defence Secretary has extended the veteran’s housing offer, meaning that armed forces personnel can access military accommodation a year after they leave.

Current housing offer rules allow military personnel to stay in accommodation up to six months after they leave active service. This will now be extended to 12 months and applies to servicemen and women as well as their families.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Having a place to call home is an important part of the return to civilian life, but there can sometimes be a lot to think about when hanging up your uniform for the last time.”

“By extending the service family offer we hope to give families more time to make the transition that much easier. This is another example of how we continue to support the brave men and women who have served our country.”

The extension will be subject to availability, but the Government also offers support for finding housing. Other services for veterans are being expanded, including in healthcare, employment, and education support.

Housing services offered by the Government include the Joint Service Housing Advice Office and the Veterans UK Agency, which offer advice to veterans. Ex-service personnel also have priority access for social housing and a five-year exemption from having to prove a local connection to access it.

They can also borrow up to 50% of their salary – a maximum of £25,000 – to buy their first home under the Forces Help to Buy Scheme. The Homelessness Reduction Act of 2017 also highlights that the MOD has a “duty to refer” veterans at risk of homelessness to a local housing authority.

The MOD sub-lets some vacant accommodation to the general public as short-term lets to generate income. Properties are available at market rates on over 60 sites.

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