NHS Shared Business Services has awarded Total a place on its ‘Digital Workplace Solutions' (formerly 'Link: IT Solutions') procurement framework. This makes Total one of a select group of suppliers able to provide a wide range of workspace, virtualisation and infrastructure technologies along with consultancy, maintenance, and management and support services to the NHS and other public sector organisations.

Total was awarded its place on the ‘Digital Workplace Solutions (formerly Link: IT Solutions)’ framework after a rigorous scoring and assessment process managed by NHS Shared Business Services.

“NHS Shared Business Services manages an extensive portfolio of framework agreements, which provide public sector organisations with an easy to access and compliant route to competitive pricing, to help drive savings and improve efficiency,” explains Phil Davies, Director of Procurement at NHS Shared Business Services. He continues, “Total met or exceeded our requirements across 21 key procurement criteria including pricing, quality of service, conflict resolution, and value add services.”

“We’re already working with NHS Shared Business Services through ‘The Edge4Health’, so are thrilled to be a ‘Digital Workplace Solutions’ supplier and see it as further endorsement of our ability to provide the public sector with competitive pricing, technical excellence and great service,” explains Kieran O’Connor, Sales Director at Total. “Added to our Crown Commercial Service and other frameworks places, high level vendor accreditations, ISO certifications and in-house technical expertise we can be seen as a very safe choice for the UK public sector.”

The ‘Digital Workplace Solutions (formerly Link: IT Solutions)’framework is effective from 10 August 2020 for a period of two years, with a possible extension of up to two years. The framework encompasses the purchase of servers, storage, data centre infrastructure, switches, back-up and recovery, client devices, virtualisation platforms, VDI connection protocol, virtualisation management, session brokers, desktop Operating Systems and applications, application virtualisation, profile and data re-direction, CALS, environment specific application software, application validation, other third party software including niche and bespoke software, security, professional services, consultancy and implementation services, networking (inc LAN, WAN and SAN), maintenance, management and support services, and training, together with additional products and/or services, required by the contracting authority when tendering the service.