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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Programme CORTISONE – Notice of Request for Information Relating to a draft Statement of Requirement for an Integration Platform and Clinical Portal available through the CORTISONE Supplier Portal

Programme CORTISONE – Notice of Request for Information Relating to a draft Statement of Requirement for an Integration Platform and Clinical Portal available through the CORTISONE Supplier Portal

This announcement invites interested suppliers to request access to the CORTISONE Supplier Portal to view the draft Statement of Requirement for an Integration Platform and Clinical Portal for the CORTISONE Programme within the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). A further announcement will be published inviting suppliers to request access to the draft Statement of Requirement for an Enterprise Master Patient Index and Healthcare Provider Directory for the CORTISONE Programme.

Following on from a series of Discovery Days (July to November 2018) 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 an Integration Platform and Clinical Portal. The CORTISONE team intends to provide further details of the procurement itself later in 2019. The Programme team intends to procure the Integration Platform and Clinical Portal through a suitable framework.

Overview of Integration Platform and Clinical Portal Requirements

The Integration Platform is a foundational building block of, and a key enabler for, the Med IS ecosystem that CORTISONE will deliver. The Med IS ecosystem integration architecture is based around the use of a centralised Integration Platform to connect internal subsystems and to interface with other Defence Medical Services (DMS) systems, and with other MOD NHS or external (e.g. NATO) systems. This architecture allows applications to work together so that they can share data and operate in a unified but loosely coupled manner. In addition, the Integration Platform will enable the creation of seamless business processes and help to ensure that applications can more easily be added and removed without affecting other applications.

The Integration Platform will provide standards-based interoperability capabilities, message routing, protocol and format transformation, terminology transformation, business rules, process orchestration, data synchronisation and will control all information flows across the Defence/NHS boundary. It will also provide a Clinical Portal which can provide web browser-based and role-based access to disparate systems in the context of a single patient.

How do I get access to the information?

The CORTISONE team intends to make the RFI and the 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.

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 the 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 GMT on 18 March 2019.

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)

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.

Programme CORTISONE– Notice of Request for Information Relating to a Draft Statement of Requirement for an Enterprise Master Patient Index and Healthcare Provider Directory

Programme CORTISONE– Notice of Request for Information Relating to a draft Statement of Requirement for an Enterprise Master Patient Index and Healthcare Provider Directory available through the CORTISONE Supplier Portal

This announcement invites interested suppliers to request access to the CORTISONE Supplier Portal to view the draft Statement of Requirement for an Enterprise Master Patient Index and Healthcare Provider Directory for the CORTISONE Programme within the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). A further announcement will be published inviting suppliers to request access to the draft Statement of Requirement for an Integration Platform and Clinical Portal for the CORTISONE Programme.

Following on from a series of Discovery Days (July to November 2018) 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 an Enterprise Master Patient Index and Healthcare Provider Directory. The CORTISONE team intends to provide further details of the procurement itself later in 2019. The Programme team intends to procure the Enterprise Master Patient Index and Healthcare Provider Directory through a suitable framework.

Overview of Enterprise Master Patient Index and Healthcare Provider Directory Requirements

An Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) is required to enable the identification, matching and linking of patient records stored across the multiple IT systems that exist now and, in the future, both in Defence and the NHS. The EMPI will unify legacy systems and new systems, and provide a master demographics source (Single Best Record) for Defence Med IS.

The Healthcare Provider Directory will maintain and publish a number of master data entities including the Defence Medical Services (DMS) Organisation structures [DMS Organisation Directory], the four nation NHS Organisation structures that are needed by DMS for messaging addressing, e.g. ODS codes, [NHS Organisation Directory], the DMS clinicians and other users of information services delivered by CORTISONE [DMS User Directory], and the relationships that exist between Organisation Units and Patients/Users.

How do I get access to the information?

The CORTISONE team intends to make the RFI and the 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.

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 the 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 GMT on 18 March 2019.

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)

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.

New rates of war pensions released by the government

The government has outlined its rates for war pensions and allowances from April 2019 in a new document.

The new document details the annual rise in war pensions, allowances, and payments for injury. The changes will be enforced from April 8, 2019, and take into account data from 2018.

The document covers:

  • Age allowance from 65 yrs
  • Gratuities for minor injuries
  • Supplementary allowances
  • Disablement/Civilian cases
  • Widow/Widower allowances
  • Widow/Widower pensions
  • Miscellaneous allowances
  • Disablement pensions
  • Loss of earnings allowance
  • Social security benefit
  • Allowance for children
  • Disability living allowance.

Recent figures released by the MOD indicated a higher rate of employment in ex-personnel. In 2017/2018 employment increased from 79% to 83%, catching up with the general population.

Tobias Ellwood, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, said: “It’s fantastic to see service leavers putting their skills to use in the civilian workplace, and I urge all employers to tap into this exceptional pool of talent.”

A 2% salary increase for British personnel was announced in July 2018 after recommendations from the Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB). It was the biggest pay increase since 2010 after austerity policies were imposed by the Conservative-led coalition.

At the time, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “The Government is committed to world-class public services and ensuring that public sector workers

Ex-service personnel can access information on pay and pensions through the Career Transitions Partnership (CTP) as well as a helpline. The CPT also offers advice on housing and pensions, managing finances, and emigrating abroad.

The new figures have been adjusted according to recent payment data. The data is available to view on the MOD announcements website.

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The Battlefield and Tactical Communications & Information Systems (BATCIS) TRINITY Industry Briefing Day

Date: Thursday 28 February 2019

Time: 1000hrs – 1600hrs

Venue: Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel

The BATCIS team will be providing an update on the TRINITY project programme of work.

The Industry Brief will share the status of the TRINITY technical and architectural approaches, the operational analysis and further thinking on the acquisition approaches. The event will consist of plenary sessions on the overall programme and focus sessions on the architecture, technical and acquisition approaches.

What is BATCIS

The BATCIS Delivery Team is part of Information Systems & Services (ISS).  BATCIS is responsible for the development, fielding and sustainment of a range of tactical CIS equipment and systems used in the joint Land Environment. The BATCIS portfolio includes Bowman, the Common Battlefield Applications Toolset (ComBAT), Digitisation Infrastructure and Platform Battlefield Information Systems Application (PBISA), all collectively known as BCIP, MORPHEUS, Dismounted Situational Awareness (DSA), the Personal Role Radio, Tactical Ground to Air and Tactical Satellite radios, the MAKEFAST engineer BISA, Falcon and TRINITY.

Details about the Industry Briefing Day

The Industry Briefing Day will be taking place at the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel on Thursday 28th February 2019 from 1000hrs–1600hrs. If you are interested in attending the event you will need to request a booking form through:

ISSComrcl-BATCIS-GroupMailbox5@mod.gov.uk

What information will you get from this day?

  • An update on the developments within the TRINITY programme

Opportunities of the day:

  • Engagement with the TRINITY team.
  • Network with other suppliers and potential partners.

Information on the TRINITY requirement and previous engagement with industry can be found on the AWARD TRINITY Market Engagement Portals. If you would like access to these then please contact us at the address provided above.

There will be a maximum of 3 places available for each organisation. Places will be allocated on a priority basis and each organisation should ensure that the most appropriate representatives, who must be security cleared (United Kingdom Security Check (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV)), are nominated to attend. When booking for the event you will be asked to nominate your representative for the small group sessions. Refreshments including lunch will be provided throughout the event.

If you have any queries about the event, please contact us on

ISSComrcl-BATCIS-GroupMailbox5@mod.gov.uk

In order to complete the necessary security and domestic arrangements all suppliers interested in attending the day must register their interest by no later than 17:00 on Wednesday 20th February.

 

Programme CORTISONE Industry Day – 28 January 2019

Date: 28 January 2019

Time: 13:00-17:00

Venue: techUK, 10 Bride Street, LONDON EC4A 4AD

This announcement invites suppliers to register for a CORTISONE Industry Day event that will provide an update on the CORTISONE Programme within the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). This Industry Day will provide:

  • An update on the overall procurement approach;
  • More detailed information on the procurement of client-side Design, Develop and Deliver Services;
  • Further information on the procurement of an Integration Platform and an Enterprise Master Patient Index; and
  • Opportunities for questions and answers and networking.

How do I register for this event?

This CORTISONE Industry Day will be hosted at techUK and will be open to all interested suppliers. To register for this event please use the following link to the techUK website: https://www.techuk.org/events/briefing/item/14386-programme-cortisone-industry-day.

If you have any queries please send an email to Dan Patefield at dan.patefield@techuk.org. Please note that spaces are limited. If you register and then subsequently cannot attend, please transfer or release your place.

What is Programme CORTISONE?

The aim of Programme CORTISONE is to deliver an integrated ecosystem of medical information services to the Defence Medical Services. The programme 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 (CAT B) 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 Design, 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.

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 the delivery of functionality.

The CORTISONE Programme has engaged with suppliers through an Industry Day on 17 May 2018 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.  These Discovery Days have addressed:

  • Primary Healthcare
  • Dental Healthcare
  • Integration Platforms
  • Enterprise Master Patient Index
  • Document Management

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 may include telemedicine, patient record integration with the NHS and other patient databases and patient condition tracking.

Programme Cortisone: Notice of Request for Information Relating to a Draft Statement of Requirement for Design, Develop and Deliver Services

This announcement invites interested suppliers to request access to the draft Statement of Requirement for Design, Develop and Deliver Services for the CORTISONE Programme within the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD).

Following on from the CORTISONE Industry Day on 17 May 2018 at Tech UK in London and a series of Discovery Days (July to November 2018) 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 a Service Provider to supply Design, Develop and Deliver Services.

Responding to this announcement is voluntary and does not start the official procurement process for the CORTISONE requirement. It should be noted that all information released in relation to this RFI is released on a without commitment basis, is subject to change and does not signal the start of a formal procurement process. The CORTISONE team intends to provide further details of the procurement itself early in 2019. The programme team will be seeking to procure these services through a framework, where possible.

The Design, Develop and Deliver Services Partner is a client-side service. The CORTISONE approach to service provision may lead to conflicts of interest where a supplier considers that it has the capability to meet potential requirements for both client-side and supplier-side services. MOD will only permit suppliers to operate on both the client and supplier side providing any actual or potential conflicts of interest can be satisfactorily managed so as to avoid any unfair distortion in competition. Existing CORTISONE suppliers will also need to demonstrate that actual or potential conflicts of interest can be satisfactorily managed.

What are the Design, Develop and Deliver Services?

Programme CORTISONE is seeking to integrate a number of Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) products and services to provide medical information services (Med IS) for the UK MOD. MOD will remain the Design Authority, however the programme intends to procure Design, Develop and Deliver services to assist in the design, build and implementation of the solution.

The key elements of the services are as follows:

  • Design. MOD will remain the Design Authority. However, the Service Provider will assist MOD by designing services to maintain and further develop the overall solution architecture and design. This includes maintaining existing architectural artefacts and developing further architectural artefacts such as low-level design documents to determine how components will be integrated with the integration platform and the wider system. The Service Provider will be expected to work closely with the MOD Information Systems and Services (ISS) Design organisation and provide technical design advice to the programme. The Service Provider will also assist the programme team in product evaluation of suitable COTS products and services.

 

  • Develop. The Service Provider will support the programme team in the development of the Med IS ecosystem. This will include working with the CORTISONE Programme team and associated Defence Hosting programme(s) to set-up and maintain development, test, training and live environments. Assistance will also be required to install and configure the COTS products and services. The Service Provider is likely to need to undertake product trials and to design, build and evaluate a number of interfaces, working, if necessary, with relevant subject matter experts from the suppliers of COTS products and services or third-party specialists. The Service Provider will also need to support data management, including data migration and test data.

 

  • Deliver. The Service Provider will assist the Authority in ensuring full integration of procured components (Integration Platform, Clinical applications etc.) and support implementation, including integration with MOD-provided systems and services, e.g. Clinical User Management. The provider will also need to undertake transition activities such as release and deployment management, service validation and testing and to ensure smooth dual running with legacy services and Alpha, Beta and Live CORTISONE services. The Service Provider is likely to need to provide training services and develop Standard Operating Procedures. The Service Provider may need to provide Service Management in line with ISS policies and ITIL best practice, interfacing as necessary with other Service Management provision.

How do I receive the information?

Suppliers with an interest in Design, Develop and Deliver Services for CORTISONE are invited to request access to the RFI and Statement of Requirement by nominating up to two representatives from their company to receive the information via email.

The representatives should provide the following information to Michael.Yung101@mod.gov.uk:

  • Full name of company;
  • Full name of representative(s);
  • Company email address(es) of representative(s).

Please note that completed RFI questionnaires should be returned to the CORTISONE Team by 10:00 GMT on 21st December 2018.

No information provided in response to this RFI 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. The programme 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 (CAT B) 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 Design, 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.

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 the delivery of functionality.

The CORTISONE Programme has engaged with suppliers through an Industry Day on 17 May 2018 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.  These Discovery Days have addressed:

  • Primary Healthcare
  • Dental Healthcare
  • Integration Platforms
  • Enterprise Master Patient Index
  • Document Management

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 may include telemedicine, patient record integration with the NHS and other patient databases and patient condition tracking.

Counter-Explosive Ordnance Industry Briefing, 6 February 2019

Date: 6 February 2019

Venue: MOD Main Building, Whitehall, London

The threat posed by Explosive Ordnance (EO) will continue to feature heavily in the operating environment of the future. The UK’s ability to counter this threat – whether it be posed by mines, Unexploded Explosive Ordnance (UXO), Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) or other Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) – requires a combined, joint, intra-governmental, inter-agency and multinational response that utilises all available levers to ensure our freedom of movement and action.

Technology proliferation and the associated sophistication of capabilities becoming available to the UK’s adversaries means that Defence’s relationship with Industry is more important than ever. Adopting an ethos of mutual understanding, enabled by close collaboration, will enable the UK to meet tomorrow’s EO threat.

Following last year’s extremely successful event hosted by DEODS, the Manoeuvre Support capability team from Army Headquarters – responsible for developing future capabilities in the Land Domain – will hold an Industry Briefing Day at MoD Main Building on Wednesday 6th February 2019. The theme for this year’s event is:

Countering tomorrow’s Explosive Ordnance threat – Joint Force 2025 and beyond

Focusing on future challenges the programme will include:

  • The future EO threat
  • Manoeuvre Support to Joint Force 2025
  • Innovation, future technologies and research & experimentation opportunities
  • Likely future C-EO capability requirements
  • Opportunities for Industry

The event will run from 09:30 to 16:30 at MoD Main Building, Whitehall, London SW1A 2HB. Details of an informal networking reception, to be held locally after the event, will be sent to attendees nearer the time.

Due to the nature of the briefings being delivered, attendance is restricted to personnel who hold SC clearance as a minimum.

To register for the event please complete a registration form.

Registration will close on Friday 25 January 2019.

Security Clearance details must be provided during registration and failure to provide accurate details may result in your registration being declined.

Queries should be directed to the event organiser:

Major John Newton, SO2 C-IED, Ground Manoeuvre Capability, Army Headquarters

John.newton875@mod.gov.uk

01264 886880

 

The Battlefield and Tactical Communications & Information Systems (BATCIS) Industry Briefing Day, 19 December 2018

Date:  19th December 2018

Times:  1000hrs – 1300hrs

Venue:  10 St Bride Street, London EC4A 4AD

The BATCIS team will be providing an update on the upcoming and future procurement activity the team manages.

The Industry Brief will include updates on MORPHEUS (including the MORPHEUS Systems Integrator), TRINITY, DSA and the TacCIS Support Project and will share early conceptual thinking on other aspects of the LE TacCIS programme which BATCIS manages.

What is BATCIS

The BATCIS Delivery Team is part of ISS.  BATCIS is responsible for the development, fielding and sustainment of a range of tactical CIS equipment and systems used in the joint Land Environment. The BATCIS portfolio includes Bowman, the Common Battlefield Applications Toolset (ComBAT), Digitisation Infrastructure and Platform Battlefield Information Systems Application (PBISA), all collectively known as BCIP, MORPHEUS, DSA, the Personal Role Radio, Tactical Ground to Air and Tactical Satellite radios, the MAKEFAST engineer BISA, Falcon and TRINITY.

Details about the Industry Briefing Day

The Industry Briefing Day will be taking place at the trade association techUK, at 10 St Bride Street, London EC4A 4AD on 19th December 2018 from 1000hrs – 1300hrs. If you are interested in attending the event you will need to book through the event page on the techUK website. (http://www.techuk.org/events/briefing/item/14253-batcis-industry-briefing-day). There are 120 places available for attendees. Attendees will be selected on a first come first served basis and each organisation will be able to bring no more than 2 attendees to the event. Tea and coffee will be provided.

If you have any queries (other than booking queries) about the event, please contact us at

ISSComrcl-BATCIS-Morpheus-Grp@mod.gov.uk

What information will you get from this day?

  1. An update on the activities in the BATCIS DT
  2. Our forward plan on our future procurements opportunities

Opportunities of the day:

  1. Engagement with the BATCIS DT team.
  2. Network with other suppliers and potential partners.

 

 

 

Defence Academy, Business Skills College – Market Engagement Day, 22 November 2018

The purpose of this notice is to inform Potential Suppliers of a Market Engagement Day hosted by the Business Skills College of the Defence Academy on Thu 22nd November 2018.  The Business Skills College is interested in seeking Potential Suppliers’ views on the provision of a new academic capability and how this might best be met.  The Market Engagement Day will provide Potential Suppliers with background and detail behind the requirement and give them the opportunity to ask questions, network & engage with other Potential Suppliers and supporting services as well as to further inform the Authority’s thinking.

Background

The Business Skills College is part of the Defence Academy and provides business acumen training and education for military and civil service staff across Defence.  It also provides interventions suited to our wider Industry partners and Other Government Departments.

The course portfolio spans a range of specific business acumen disciplines that cover complex procurement through the lenses of commercial, financial, Project Delivery (including Project, Programme, Portfolio, Risk and Benefits), Through Life Logistic Support, and technical aspects such as Systems Safety, Quality Assurance, and Environmental.  It may also include the requirement for delivery of strategic leadership courses to international audiences.

The Business Skills College is looking for an organisation capable of designing, delivering and accrediting educational interventions, working collaboratively with the Defence Academy to provide an educational capability in support of its outputs.  Key to this will be innovative and blended learning solutions with flexible exit points, across the range of specified business acumen disciplines

This will be achieved through a collaborative and innovative approach which will enable and future proof the design, development and delivery of outputs to meet the emerging and future needs of Defence.  It will create a portfolio of function specific and cross-cutting learning interventions and modules that will meet Business as Usual needs, whilst ensuring that the outputs can be easily aligned to meet any emerging needs from the wider Defence Education Pathway (DEP) work being undertaken.  More specifically it will see a range of these are post-graduate level interventions leading to PG Cert, PG Dip, and MSc/MBA awards and the future model would seek a credit bearing, modularised approach to all post-graduate level delivery.

A Market Engagement Day will be held 10a.m. – 4p.m. on Thu 22nd November 2018 at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, SHRIVENHAM, SN6 8LA.  Attendees should arrive no later than 9.30a.m. to allow for site access and parking.

It should be noted that in the instance of significant interest it may be necessary to restrict attendees per supplier to 1 or 2 representatives only. Therefore, please ensure that the most appropriate representatives from your organisation are put forward to attend the event.

Specific Details of the Event 

The day will involve presentations from the Authority, a working lunch followed by an afternoon session to have a group question and answer session and an opportunity for more detailed discussion.  These activities will in part contribute to a report on business model concept viability. The Authority is considering various commercial and business approaches to deliver the requirement and would welcome Potential Suppliers’ feedback.

Outputs from the industry day will be made available to all Potential Suppliers who registered an interest and / or attended the Market Engagement Day. There will be further opportunity for Potential Suppliers’ to comment/provide feedback prior to release of the outputs from the Market Engagement Day event.

To guarantee openness and transparency all outputs /reports associated with the Market Engagement Day will be provided as part of a prospective tender documentation pack, at the point when the Authority formally takes the requirement to market. Therefore, no technical, financial, or commercially sensitive information should be included in potential Supplier’s submissions/feedback from the Market Engagement Day. 

Event Registration 

Potential Suppliers wishing to register their interest in attending and participating in the Market Engagement Day, should express their interest to the Contracting Authority in writing by no later than 12:00 hours on Fri 16th November 2018 to both Sarah Allko (sarah.allko330@mod.gov.uk) and Ella Houghton (Ella.Houghton109@mod.gov.uk). An invitation letter will then be issued to the potential Supplier for registration purposes.

In issuing this Announcement and engaging with industry and academic institutions, the Authority is not committing to carry out any procurement in relation to the requirements stated in this announcement.

This announcement has been issued by the Authority for the purpose of seeking views from Potential Suppliers’ that wish to attend the Market Engagement Day and take part in a soft market testing in relation to the requirement described above.

Potential Suppliers’ who do not attend the Market Engagement Day will not be precluded from expressing an interest in the requirement at a future date.

In order to complete the necessary security & domestic arrangements all Potential Suppliers’ interested in attending the day must have registered their interest by 12:00 hours on Fri 16 November 2018 and completed the attendance return annex issued with the invitation letter by 13:00 hours on Mon 19th November 2018. 

MOD will not be liable to reimburse any costs incurred by any parties who respond to this notice or register any interest via the Contracting Authority.