NHS Artificial Intelligence Lab - AI Imaging Discovery Exercise

25 Incomplete applications

12 SME, 13 large

0 Completed applications

Important dates

Friday 11 September 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 18 September 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Friday 25 September 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


Summary of the work
To partner with the NHS AI Lab to undertake a multi-stream discovery exercise to identify health and care system lead requirements for the development of a multi-speciality AI imaging platform. Multi supplier
applications will be considered.
Latest start date
Monday 2 November 2020
Expected contract length
16 to 24 Weeks
Organisation the work is for
Budget range
Max £400,000

About the work

Why the work is being done
The COVID-19 Pandemic has helped to identify the potential of AI powered Medical Imaging solutions. As part of the NHS AI Lab’s wider work programme, is an ambition to create a pipeline of scalable AI technologies which include these AI powered medical imaging technologies. From this, the NHS AI Lab is looking to investigate and identify the requirements needed to procure a multi-speciality medical imaging platform. Which will allow NHS Trusts to plug into this platform and have a collection of images reviewed by trained and validated medical algorithms to achieve a diagnosis for that population group.

The NHS AI Lab team is therefore looking to source a partner to undertake accelerated Discovery Exercises to invite system led perspectives and identify the requirements for this imaging platform.
Problem to be solved
It is well recognised that developments with Medical AI Technologies are progressing at significant pace, with potential value added and system efficiencies growing constantly. However, patient data is currently collected and scarcely used in a manner that returns value to patients. The National Medical Imaging Platform will enable value return to patients by creating a direct pipeline for patient data to be used towards the development, validation, and adoption of AI healthcare technologies.

The NHS AI Lab team is therefore looking to source support to undertake a discovery exercise which will inform the development of the National Medical Imaging Platform. This discovery exercise with focus on the 5 five following workstreams:

1. System-level engagement and buy-in
2. End-user definition for data pipelines and Trusted Research Environment
3. End-user assessment for deployment
4. Activities required to begin building data pipelines and Trusted Research Environment
5. Development of a deployment platform
Who the users are and what they need to do
The NHS AI Lab programme is a joint Government and NHS England initiative to accelerate the safe adoption of robust and appropriate AI technologies for the benefit of the NHS and the Social Care sector. As part of the overarching NHS AI Lab programme is a workstream focused on realising the benefits of AI powered technologies through the development of a singular AI Medical Imaging Platform. However, the NHS AI Lab is ambitious to ensure this Medical Imaging Platform is led by the needs of the NHS. The NHS AI Lab, therefore needs to undertake a comprehensive, diverse and evidence informed discovery exercise in order to possess a clear set of requirements for the procurement and standing up of a AI Medical Imaging Platform.
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
A technical discovery for an Imaging Platform has been completed over a 10 week period between 8 June and 7 August 2020. This focused on the infrastructure requirements to technically facilitate a National Medical Imaging Platform.

Over 20 interviews were completed with technology companies and healthcare institutions with medical imaging expertise. These interviews focused on validating the below 3 components that should make up the Imaging Platform, and their user and technical requirements:

Data pipelines

Trusted research environment (TRE)

Deployment platform

The user requirements focused on the technical solution that the users need from the Imaging Platform.
Existing team
A growing NHS AI Lab Team, composed of Civil Servants from the Department of Health & Social Care and NHS England & Improvement Employees. Within the NHS AI Lab team, this work will be led by one Civil Servant and one NHS England & Improvement employee. The discovery will be supported by the NHS AI Lab PMO.
Current phase

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Predominantly virtually, with the possibility of London based physical working, if required.
Working arrangements
The successful applicant will be expected to engage with and report to the directing organisation (NHSX) in a manner stipulated by the directing organisation. These expectations will be agreed during contact formalisation.
Security clearance

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • Please describe the relevant expertise and experience you hold in running discovery exercises which relate to emerging technology and the NHS and Social Care.
  • Over the last three years, please provide a work history that sets out similar discovery exercises that have been undertaken and detail how this experience demonstrates your suitability.
  • Please set out the infrastructure you have available and outline the consent, data storage and disposal processes you will use to support the delivery of the discovery exercise
Nice-to-have skills and experience

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a written proposal.

How many suppliers to evaluate
Proposal criteria
  • Experience with user focused design methodologies which demonstrate a robust approach to service design and development. 20%
  • Practical experience of working in the UK health and care imaging ecosystem or equivalent. 20%
  • Experience of delivering national services against the Government Digital Service Service Standard and/or Technology Code of Practice. 20%
  • Evidence of delivering technical discovery projects for data driven technologies. 20%
  • Strong stakeholder management skills with the ability to communicate design and technical concepts to a lay audience of senior stakeholders. 20%
Cultural fit criteria
  • Demonstrate how the supplier will work collaboratively with NHS and Public Sector organisations to support the realisation of public benefit. 20%
  • Demonstrate how they will work in an open and transparent manner with the directing authority. 20%
  • Operate in an agile and responsive manner to meet the developing needs of the directing authority with a can do attitude. 20%
  • Demonstrates how they will work proactively to share learning and experience with members of the NHS AI Lab team. 20%
  • Can demonstrate how they would build positive and reciprocal relationships with a diverse range of senior stakeholders . 20%
Payment approach
Time and materials
Additional assessment methods
  • Case study
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

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The deadline for asking questions about this opportunity was Friday 18 September 2020.