Sector - Health

NHS smart building framework

The NHS has launched its six-year National Framework Agreement for the provision of Smart Building Solutions with the appointment of Johnson Controls.

The framework will bring the delivery of smart hospitals to the forefront, enabling local authorities and wider public bodies to more readily procure smart building technologies, resulting in time and money saving efficiencies.

The development of smart hospitals represents a serious step change in the ambition to set a new standard in the UK’s ageing healthcare infrastructure through technical innovation.

A multi-supplier framework, public bodies now have the opportunity to tap into innovative buildings solutions that enable automated monitoring and control of energy use, building occupancy, and asset visibility. The framework is at the forefront of bringing in new digital capabilities across hospitals in a bid to deliver superior experiences for users while decreasing energy use and emissions, in line with the UK’s ambitious net-zero objectives.

Led by The Countess of Chester Commercial Hospital Procurement Services, the framework will drive the transformation of smart hospitals, creating world class facilities fit for the future and improving efficiency through data-enabled solutions that respond to the needs of patients, staff, and visitors.

Smart hospitals deliver a myriad of benefits from ensuring clean air quality for doctors and patients, to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and incorporating smart systems that reduce friction and improve communications. Such technologies play a vital role in reducing costs while enhancing patient and staff satisfaction, patient care, and quality.

Andy Ellis, Vice President and General Manager, Johnson Controls UK&I said: “We are excited to have been selected by the NHS. Our technology makes it possible to support sustainability goals at scale and has the enormous potential to shape the smart hospitals and healthcare facilities of the future. We look forward to the innovations we can bring to all occupants at every level across our healthcare sector.”

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