Incubator Webinar: Procurement Frameworks 

A Primer on NHS SBS Procurement Frameworks and what they mean for clinical AI adoption :
Presented by Hamza Hussain

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Join a community of researchers, practitioners, industry and others across the AI health technology landscape for a presentation and discussion with Hamza Hussain, Senior Category Manager at NHS Shared Business Service


What are procurement frameworks? Procurement frameworks are agreements that enable NHS organisations to buy services and goods from suppliers that have met markers of safety and usefulness.


Why should I care? Of the estimated £30 billion the NHS spends on goods and services from other companies each year, around £25 billion is spent through procurement frameworks. It is much easier for trusts and ICBs to adopt clinical AI products if they have been listed on a procurement framework and also easier for manufacturers to sell products when listed on a framework without having to go through a full open procurement process.


Does it impact healthcare? Yes. Procurement frameworks are in line with procurement legislation ensuring any Healthcare projects are legally compliant. It can also have a positive impact on the timelines of clinical projects being implemented and support the adoption the most promising clinical AI products.

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Hamza Hussain is an MCIPS procurement professional, with a background in Public Sector Procurement.


Hamza has worked in a number of NHS procurement teams across various trusts including University Hospital Birmingham and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire. Hamza supported a number of clinical and non-clinical procurements whilst working within the NHS and then joined HMRC’s Commercial Department where he was involved in the Technology Sourcing Programme working on large scale digital programmes.


Hamza is currently Senior Category Manager leading up the Digital Healthcare team at NHS Shared Business Service. Hamza is currently driving the implementation of various Digital Health frameworks looking at Virtual Wards, Patient Portals, Audio Visual Solutions, Medicines Optimisation and Artificial Intelligence.


Hamza is looking to support trusts and ICBs through procurement frameworks and currently runs a regular Digital Health Community of Practice – Monthly Drop In looking into market trends, insights and procurement considerations.

This event is being delivered by the NIHR-supported Incubator for AI and Digital Healthcare, hosted by the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS FT.