Amidst a backdrop of budgetary challenges in the NHS, we’ve analysed their latest NHS financial data to pinpoint concrete funding available for IT & software procurement. This report aims to streamline potential opportunities for technology suppliers, so you can direct your sales focus towards the most promising regions and organisations.
We'll begin by outlining capital budgets across Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) to provide an indicator of which regions you should target. Then, we'll dive deep into three standout accounts, comparing technology budgets with current spending to pinpoint opportunities. Finally, we highlight three dominant IT expenditure themes for the year, outlining potential routes to market for suppliers.
England’s ICSs have published capital resource plans, revealing funding sources, budget allocations and upcoming procurement plans for 2023/2024.
Within these funding sources, each ICS reveals how much “operational capital” is allocated across the ICS for the financial year. NHS trusts use this budget to support ‘business as usual’ schemes essential for clinical delivery, including backlog maintenance, equipment and IT.
What does this mean for you? Technology suppliers can expect procurement for replacement, renewal and upgrades of clinical IT and software to emerge from this funding source. To help you identify the regions with the largest IT & software budgets available, we have ranked ICSs by their operational capital allocations below.
The table above offers an overview of the "operational capital" allocated. While these funds are essential for NHS trusts, supporting a range of clinical delivery components, suppliers should note that they aren't exclusively used for technology procurement. Each ICS has the responsibility to balance its "operational capital" among various needs, including equipment upgrades and IT enhancements.
For technology suppliers, this table should be the first step in defining your target NHS accounts this year. The most proactive suppliers will not rely on this data alone; they'll leverage these early indicators to engage directly with decision-makers, seeking insights into how this budget will be allocated and the digital strategies planned for the year ahead.
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Some ICSs have gone above the minimum reporting requirements set forth by NHS England, and have used capital resource plans to provide clear visibility on their technology budgets for the upcoming year.
In this section of this report, we spotlight three of these regions, leveraging Stotles contract award data to demonstrate how technology suppliers can use these insights to identify concrete opportunities.
Hampshire & Isle of Wight ICS has an operational capital allocation of £116m for 2032/2024, and a total capital budget of £353.3m across all funding sources.
Within their capital resource plan, they have revealed total planned spending by category, across all funding sources and organisations. With 12% of their total budget allocated to IT Systems, technology suppliers have a concrete £43m budget to engage over this year.
The capital resource plan breaks down precisely how this £43m budget will be allocated towards different trusts within their ICS, visualised in the table below.
With £43m in IT funding allocated over these 7 buyers, we’ve used Stotles contract award data to identify what IT procurement has already happened so far this year and which opportunities remain for suppliers in 2023/2024.
With over £30m of this budget up for grabs, suppliers who proactively pre-engage with these buyers will position themselves best for upcoming opportunities this fiscal year.
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North West London (NWL) ICS has an operational capital allocation of £223.5m for 2032/2024.
The ICB has made the strategic decision to support IT/Digital schemes as a key enabler to transform healthcare in the ICS. To support this objective, £43.9m (20%) of this budget has been allocated towards IT/Digital initiatives. It is hoped that their investments will improve efficiency, patient care, diagnosis and treatment across the region.
The NWL capital resource plan reveals further plans for this IT & Digital budget, including the following opportunities:
Of their overall technology budget, this leaves £23.3m available for other digital initiatives.
To help you understand how much of this procurement has already occurred, and what opportunities potentially remain for suppliers, we’ve used Stotles contract award data to identify digital procurement that has already taken place in NWL ICS this year.
This analysis of reported contract award data suggests that procurement for the key IT business cases bullet pointed above has yet to take place.
With over £40m of budget remaining, suppliers who proactively pre-engage with buyers will position themselves best for contracts this year. To complete your research in the app and start engaging with key decision makers, get started with Stotles for free.
South Yorkshire ICS has an overall capital budget of £165m for the 2023/2024 fiscal year across all funding sources.
Within South Yorkshire’s capital resource plan, the ICB has provided a detailed breakdown of how much budget has been allocated to key technology business cases, outlined below.
With £30.9m budgeted for technology projects in the year ahead, we’ve used Stotles contract award data to identify what technology procurement has already occurred, to help suppliers anticipate remaining opportunities in the ICS.
With less than £1m spent so far this year on IT contracts, the majority of IT business cases outlined in the ICSs procurement plan are yet to take place. To identify relevant decision maker contacts and proactively engage over the status of these planned business cases, get started with Stotles today.
1. Upgrading GP IT
2. Implementing Electronic Patient Records (EPRs)
3. Advancing Cyber Resilience.
To help you identify the opportunities involved, this section of the report outlines key funding and opportunities associated with these major projects in the NHS.
By the end of the 2023/24 fiscal year, the NHS aims to have a comprehensive digital infrastructure in place for GP IT systems, ensuring that primary care practices and Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are equipped with the latest digital tools to enhance patient care and operational efficiency.
This presents monumental opportunities for tech suppliers who are able to provide:
GP IT software solutions: Modern software designed to overhaul legacy booking systems, including advanced tools like online consultation systems, messaging, and appointment booking tools.
Integration services: Solutions that promote interoperability between GPIT systems and other health platforms.
Digital transformation consultancy: Expertise in guiding primary care practices in their digital transformation journey, ensuring they leverage the full potential of their GPIT investments.
As per the Primary Care Service Development Funding roadmap, ICSs have been allocated funding which will be held centrally by the ICB for primary care & GP IT investment. Using the ICS Budget Directory, we have ranked ICS's by this funding source below.
With £136m allocated to GP IT initiatives, we’ve already seen a steady stream of contracts awarded for these clinical solutions this year, outlining some recent examples below.
With millions in opportunities still available through this funding, clinical software suppliers should ensure they are alerted to tenders as soon as they are released. To start tracking these opportunities, get started with Stotles for free.
The NHSs have set an ambitious goal of achieving complete digitisation of EPRs by 2025, creating a pressing demand for robust EPR solutions and associated services.
This creates opportunities for suppliers providing services for:
Using the ICS Budget Directory, we have identified major EPR projects with committed funding, ranked by total ICS investment below. These projects are often expensive and, due to their national priority status, leverage additional frontline digitisation funding outside of their operational capital allowance.
We have pulled the data in this table by combining “ongoing schemes” and “upcoming business cases” published by ICBs in their 2023/2024 capital resource plans.
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The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have assigned ICSs the responsibility to develop cyber strategies for their regions, with the goal of achieving cyber resilience by 2025. The goal is to ensure that patient data, as well as critical health infrastructure, remain safeguarded against potential threats.
This presents opportunities for suppliers able to provide NHS buyers with:
Cyber suppliers can expect ICSs to leverage operational capital and frontline digitisation funding to support cyber security initiatives this year, and should use the table rankings to inform your selection of target accounts.
To demonstrate how you can identify specific opportunities within targeted regions, we’ve used Stotles data to identify early signals in expiring contracts you can use to prompt your outreach messaging.
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With the insights you've garnered from this report, you're poised to navigate the intricacies of the NHS technology funding ecosystem. The following steps are not just recommendations - they are essential actions that will position your business at the forefront of this dynamic market.
Focus on projects that align with your core competencies. With national programme funding backing diverse projects like GP IT and EPR Implementation, ensure you're targeting emerging opportunities that resonate with your expertise.
Different regions have varying priorities and budgets. Dive deep into the budget allocations for each ICS to pinpoint where your solutions might be most needed and valued, and laser your focus onto these target accounts.
Collaborate with suppliers or entities already engaged with your target accounts. Their established relationships can provide insights into upcoming opportunities and open doors for potential collaborations.
Don't wait for tenders to open to the public. Build relationships with NHS stakeholders in advance. Understand their challenges and position your solutions as the answer, ensuring you are top-of-mind when opportunities arise.
For a more detailed guide on navigating the NHS contract landscape, especially in the context of ICS budgets, delve into our 'ICS Budget Playbook: How to identify and win NHS contracts'.
The NHS's forward-thinking investments for 2023/2024 highlight its dedication to driving technological advancements and elevating patient experiences. A key goal underpinning these investments is unlocking digital maturity, ensuring that the NHS remains at the cutting edge of healthcare innovation.
With substantial budgets allocated in ICSs across the country, suppliers are presented with a golden opportunity to align their offerings with the NHS's key objective. From improving cybersecurity infrastructures to enhancing clinical communication platforms, the scope of these projects is vast and varied. As suppliers navigate this landscape, it's crucial to stay informed, proactive, and strategic.
By leveraging insights from resources like the ICS Budget Directory and understanding the nuances of each funding programme, suppliers can position themselves at the forefront of the NHS's transformative journey. To take the next step and identify upcoming opportunities, engage with decision makers and fast track your NHS sales, get started with Stotles today.