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Enterprise-wide arrangements

NHS Connecting for Health have put in place a number of Enterprise Wide Agreements (EWA) with major IT suppliers to the NHS in England. The objective of these EWAs is to significantly reduce cost of supply of a variety of widely-used software, hardware and services.

The savings released can then be put back into local patient care initiatives by benefitting NHS organisations.

Two main types of EWAs

Centrally purchased

In this case, NHS CFH purchases a set of products and services centrally for the NHS's benefit. The centrally-purchased products are then available, free of local charge, to NHS Organisations.

Centrally negotiated

In this instance, major sub-contractors to NPfIT prime contractors have agreed with NHS CFH that they will offer improved discount levels for the NHS as a whole.

Trusts still purchase products locally, but benefit from a significantly higher level of discount than would have been achievable by each Trust negotiating individually with the Supplier.

NHS Enterprise Wide Agreements in place

SupplierEWA Type
CISCOCentrally negotiated
EMCCentrally negotiated
HDS/HitachiCentrally negotiated
Hewlett Packard (HP)Centrally negotiated
McAfeeCentrally purchased (specified products only)
MicrosoftCentrally purchased (specified products only)
NovellCentrally purchased (specified products only)
OracleCentrally purchased (specified products only)
SAP (Business Objects) Centrally purchased (specified products only,
for NHS Organisations in London & Southern SHA areas only)
SunCentrally negotiated (specific products only)

NHS organisations should read more detailed EWA briefings (NHS staff only, N3 connection required) on each EWA to ensure they are familiar with the scope of each EWA and key points to note generally about EWA operation.

Government Wide Agreements

In addition to the NHS Enterprise Wide Agreements, the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) Buying Solutions group has put in place a number of other Government Wide Agreements, which are available to NHS Organisations.

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