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NHS Frameworx promises 'relentless focus on tools'

Thursday, 25 July 2019

NHS Frameworx promises 'relentless focus on tools'

NHS England and Improvement has created NHS Frameworx, a semi-autonomous delivery unit for toolkit innovation and best practice.

Promising a "relentless focus on tools", the new unit will be responsible for fulfilling the commitment in the NHS Long Term Plan to make the NHS a world leader in frameworks, toolkits, dashboards and co-produced suites of resources.

Ready for impact

NHS Frameworx will comprise seven regional domains and any number of sub-regional subdomains. Domain directors will report to a newly appointed head of seamlessness, who will oversee nodal engagement and alignment. Knowledge transfer and fast-followership will be the responsibility of the head of spread. Both posts will report to the national director of impact under Simon Stevens.

A GP is expected to be appointed to the post of national clinical director of enthusiasm, responsible for Twitter chats, conference speeches and blogging.

Towards virtual implementation

There are no plans to disband the existing virtual implementation team, which will provide actualisation support and ideation capacity for framework providers, as well as essential “how to” guides for framework users.

To create a level playing field for providers and to make it easier for NHS bodies to buy the frameworks they need, a new national procurement framework for frameworks will be established.

For details of the open process for applying, contact the Framework for Framework Services (FFS) approvals and submissions team. Remember to include a photo of your offices and a menu from a recent client engagement event.  

Run by tools

National Frameworks Week will take place in early September, timed to coincide with Frameworks Expo, a new showcase event that promises to “bring together the most exciting and original framework innovations ever seen under one roof in Manchester”.

A spokesman for the organisers, NHS England and Improvement, said: “Millions of patients stand to benefit from world-beating frameworks available on the NHS for the first time thanks to the NHS Long Term Plan. As the health secretary has made clear, tools are at the heart of everything we do.”

Tools editor: Julian Patterson