NHS staff and patients to benefit from cost-effective IT infrastructure from Softcat via NOE CPC

Posted on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
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Softcat has won a framework competition to provide IT solutions to NHS institutions on Lot 3 (IT Infrastructure Solution Design and Delivery) awarded by North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOE CPC). Softcat will provide server, storage and networking solution design and delivery, using technology from such leading brands as Cisco, Dell and HP, in a three-year contract with the option to extend for two years. Customers on this framework will benefit from a strong and unique selling point: Softcat’s free solution designs.

Substantially funded by the tax-payer, NHS IT departments are under constant pressure to source cost-effective solutions. With Softcat’s free design service and the competitive prices made available through the NOE CPC framework, Softcat’s infrastructure solutions can fill this need, helping meet the health sector’s economy objectives and ultimately improving patient care. The NOE CPC aims to provide NHS trusts with a source of expert advice and a route for value-added infrastructure projects and services. Softcat will provide solutions ranging from wireless infrastructure for mobile device use by doctors on their rounds, through to communications and media devices for paying patients.

Andy Bruen, Softcat’s public sector frameworks manager said: “We’re very excited to have tendered on this framework for infrastructure provision for the first time. We already have hundreds of public sector customers and budgets are always a priority for them. We strive to provide cost-effective and cost-saving IT solutions where possible, and this framework makes it even easier for NHS professionals to access desperately needed IT, to mobilise their workforce and facilitate patient treatment.” He added, “IT infrastructure is one of our core service and product areas so we jumped at the opportunity to deliver this into healthcare. Our public sector team is absolutely committed to helping organisations to find relevant, value-add IT that will sit within their budgets. We’re constantly expanding our presence in the public sector, and frameworks like this provide us with a crucial platform for reaching new customers.”

Softcat is steadily developing a reputation as a leader in public sector technology provision. This new contract with the NOE CPC is only the latest in a three-year public sector drive which has seen Softcat land contracts on 17 public sector frameworks including LINK IT, also operated by NOE CPC and SBS.

Infrastructure solutions are now available to purchase from Softcat by participating NHS trusts via the NOE CPC framework. Contact your account manager on 01628 403 403 or healthcare@softcat.com.

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