Each year in the UK, 100,000 people are affected by strokes. Improving services and outcomes for patients who have had a stroke is a key objective in the NHS Long Term Plan.   

Through the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Software in Neuroscience for Stroke Decision Making Support Framework Agreement you can access cutting edge technology that improves patient outcomes.  

NHS England’s Diagnostics: Recovery and Renewal Report found that remote manual reviewing by a doctor can take up to 30 minutes for a decision. The AI tools on this framework agreement can provide interpretation of imagery within seconds, saving the NHS much-needed time and speeding up the diagnostic process, crucial in stroke where interventions are time-dependent, with significant harm and long-term disability caused if left untreated.  

AI is an example of how new technologies have the potential to transform NHS patient care, speeding up diagnosis and treatment times by ensuring that expert clinical resource is targeted where it has the greatest impact for the patient. 

This framework agreement forms part of a wider solution that focusses on digital transformation for better patient outcomes, supporting you to achieve NHSE digital transformation targets. 

The use of artificial intelligence in the analysis of stroke imagery can make significant differences in providing rapid treatment where required for patients undergoing an ischaemic or haemorrhagic stroke. But where do healthcare organisations start when looking to procure these innovative AI technologies? Darrien Bold, National Digital and AI Lead for Stroke at NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/I) & Adam Nickerson from NHS SBS explain.

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Framework Agreement Information

What dates is the framework agreement active?
18 February 2022 – 13 September 2025

Who can take advantage of the framework agreement?
NHS and Public Sector Organisations

What does this framework agreement cover?
The Artificial Intelligence (AI) Software in Neuroscience for Stroke Decision Making Support Framework Agreement provides Artificial Intelligence (AI) software that supports the analysis of medical imaging for ischaemic or haemorrhagic strokes; this enables clinicians to diagnose and treat strokes faster and more reliably. Use of AI speeds up diagnostic process, crucial in stroke where interventions are time-dependent, with significant harm and long-term disability caused if left untreated. The framework agreement supports the delivery of better outcomes for patients by helping the NHS access cutting-edge technology that will transform the clinical pathway and creates a simple, compliant commercial solution offering assurance to buyers.

What are the benefits of using this framework agreement?
COMPLIANT ROUTE TO MARKET
A compliant procurement exercise published on Find a Tender Service has already been undertaken to ensure that the framework agreement suppliers meet all key standards and requirements, saving valuable time and resources.

QUALITY OF SERVICE PROVISION
The experience and capability of suppliers has been robustly tested via the process to establish the framework agreement giving full confidence in the approved suppliers.

DIRECT AWARD OR FURTHER COMPETITION
Provides a compliant route to market as well as the flexibility to direct award to a single supplier or run a further competition.

NATIONAL STROKE LEAD SUPPORT
Suppliers have been evaluated and approved by leading Stroke Physicians in the national programme for Stroke.

GEOGRAPHIC COVERAGE
Suppliers are able to supply all regions and sub-regions of the UK.

CHOICE OF SUPPLIERS
A total of 5 suppliers have been awarded to this framework agreement.

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