Immedicare has been named as a supplier on NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS)  Technology Enabled Care Services 2 framework agreement, which enables Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) comprising of NHS organisations and Local Authorities to procure remote patient monitoring solutions that can reduce the burden on the health and care system.

Created against the backdrop of increasing waiting times within hospitals brought about by a lack of capacity, Technology Enabled Care Services 2 has been designed to respond to the need within the NHS and social care sector to free up beds, reduce the backlog of appointments, speed up patient discharge, and reduce the burden on the stretched social care sector.

With 19 out of 20 hospital beds taken and 14,000 being occupied by someone clinically ready to leave but unable to be discharged to the appropriate care setting, NHSE has, in its delivery plan for recovering urgent and emergency care services, stated “its ambition to improve to 76% of patients being admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours by March 2024”. The plan also sees virtual wards (hospital-level care at home) playing an important part in expanding capacity by joining-up health and care outside of the hospital.

Immedicare is a clinical and technology partnership between Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and Involve. Operating from the UK’s only large scale 24/7 Digital Care Hub, Immedicare offers commissioners a unique, fully managed clinical service for care homes, enabled by technology. Data shows that when a care home uses Immedicare for clinical assessment, 90% of residents remain in their home post-consultation and 64% of consultations do not require any onward referral, meaning use of Immedicare from 2018-2022 has potentially avoided 62,569 hospital attendances and 39,106 non-elective short stay hospital admissions by allowing the resident to be monitored within the care home.

Mick Roach, Director of Strategic Health Alliances Health at Immedicare said “We are extremely proud to be able to continue our relationship with NHS Shared Business Services as a provider on the newly released Technology Enabled Care Services 2 Framework. This framework will help us to both maintain and grow our Immedicare service offer to ICB’s and Health Boards throughout the UK, providing much needed support to elderly residents living within Nursing and Residential care.”

Kelly Bevington, Principal Category Manager – Digital & IT Procurement Frameworks, at NHS SBS commented:

“The framework agreement enables ICSs and provider collaboratives – from housing authorities to local authorities, to strategically source and quickly buy a mixture of goods be it a single, bundled or a fully managed service, which work across a region. It means they can better plan and deliver joined up services and improve the health of the population across their regional wing of care.”

“NHSE has released new guidance to simplify purchasing IT and digital goods and services in the NHS. As a part of this guidance, NHSE has endorsed 38 frameworks as the most optimal routes to market for NHS buyers. Two of six lots comprising the NHS SBS Technology Enabled Care Services 2 framework agreement – remote clinical monitoring and intelligent activity monitoring – have been endorsed by NHS England as a recommended route to market for digital and IT spend across the NHS.”