GBP £1 billion contract from NHS to include provision of VR/AR headsets

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October 5, 2020 – The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) Shared Business Services department and the North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative have recently gone to tender for IT and hardware services to support NHS and wider public sector organizations.

The contract notice is worth GBP £1 billion in total and consists of six different lots, one of which contains the provision of “body worn equipment”, such as virtual or augmented reality (VR/AR) headsets for use in medical diagnosis. The contract is slated to last for a duration of two years.

In addition to the VR/AR side of the contract, the bulk of the tender is for the provision of other IT hardware and services, including the following categories: desktop PCs (or peripherals such as monitors), laptop/notebook devices, mobile devices, (including tablets, mobile phones and wearables), specialist healthcare related IT hardware (including clinical monitors, medical displays), environmentally-friendly sustainable IT hardware, printers/scanners (including Asset scanners) and deployment services.

The time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate in the contract has been set for October 14, 2020 at 12:00 GMT. 

The contract documents do not go into detail as to the exact nature of the requirement for the VR and AR headsets, but for more information on how to apply and to submit questions to the contracting entity, please get in touch via email at

Image credit: NHS Shared Business Services


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