With preparations well under way, we would like to invite you to join us at the Procurement in Healthcare show (PiH), taking place on September 28th at Olympia London where we will be exhibiting at stand P230.
Free to attend, this event as part of the UK Health Show, is a great opportunity to meet and discuss your future needs while taking in over 65 hours of CPD-accredited content from a host of expert speakers and key government decision makers.
Alyson Brett, Chief Executive Officer, NHS Commercial Solutions will be speaking at this event.
We highly recommend that you register yourself and any colleagues who wish to attend soon, as places are filling up fast.
To find out more about the show visit the website: www.pihshow.co.uk
Don’t forget to come and visit us at stand P230!
We are pleased to inform our customers that our National Clinical Staffing Framework has been approved by NHS Improvement. This information has been published on their website.
For further information on the framework, please visit our webpage.
Lord Carter of Coles discusses the findings of his recent review, the work of NHS Improvement (NHSI) and the importance of benchmarking. David Stevenson reports.
“Good people, given good data, usually do good things”, according to Lord Carter of Coles. So the question, he asks, is what does good look like?
Speaking at The Commissioning Show, co-located with Health+Care, the procurement tsar gave a brief run-through of his recent review, which suggests that acute hospitals could save up to £5bn a year by 2019-20 through efficiency measures (covered in the March/April issue of NHE).
One of his recommendations was that NHSI should develop the much talked about in the media ‘Model Hospital’ and the underlying metrics, to identify what good looks like, so that there is one source of data, benchmarks and good practice.
He cites, for instance, that patient-level information and costing systems (PLICS) are important for consistent costing and creating common metrics, including the adjusted treatment cost (ATC) and total cost per weighted average unit (WAU).
“Every hospital is different, everybody has different needs, we know that,” said Lord Carter. “But what you see when you unpack the data is that many things are the same. One of the great things about the NHS is that we have a lot of data; one of the problems is that we haven’t used it very well yet. But it is there.”
He noted that his report found, as we are all now aware, “significant unwarranted variation” across all of the main resource areas.
“The major problem of delayed discharges, everyone knows about it,” he said. “But what we’ve failed to do is anything about it. You do get the sense that it is one of those issues: it is like the famous dog watching television, everybody can see it but nobody gets it.
“That’s the problem. Many hospitals we went into we thought it was a cost problem, but what we actually found was that it was a revenue problem.”More
A new European-wide contract for falls prevention and rehabilitation products and services has been awarded in the following lots;
- Lot 1: Fall detection and alert system
The French SME C2S with its innovative fall detection and alert system called VAC
- Lot 2: Treadmill for rehabilitation and analysis of walking disorders
The Dutch company Forcelink with its IT Treadmill called C-MILL
- Lot 3: Walking course for preventing falls and maintaining independence
The French SME Alter Eco Santé with its innovative walking course developed in collaboration with experts and specialists of fall prevention.
NHS Commercial Solutions is part of a consortium for the Healthy Ageing - Public Procurement of Innovation (HAPPI). If you are interested in any of the above contracts for your organisation, please contact Jane HarrisonMore
In recognition of Total Orthopaedic Solutions award winning success and momentous £18.1m savings to date, a short animated video has been compiled to provide an overview of the framework, the benefits and share the success of this unique project.
Winner of a HSJ Value in Healthcare Procurement award, Total Orthopaedic Solutions is a game changer, designed to provide a national structure to pricing and a strategic platform for trusts to rationalise their supply base.
Total Orthopaedic Solutions is the second project delivered by the NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (NHS CPP) comprising NHS Commercial Solutions, NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOE CPC), NHS London Procurement Partnership, and the East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub. Since the launch of Total Orthopaedic Solutions last year, NHS CPP has recorded over £18M of cash releasing savings for 73 NHS Trusts. Over a four year contract period, this equates to a massive saving of £72M for the NHS.
Unique in its clinical, surgical and supplier engagement, 50% of NHS trusts in England have already adopted Total Orthopaedic Solutions. It is revolutionising orthopaedic procurement and worthy of such proclamation with this unique animated overview of all it offers.
Senior Clinical Procurement Specialist for Orthopaedics, Khalid Shihadah often enthuses on the subject of this clinically led, supplier engaged, unique project and we felt it was time to literally get him animated. The final outcome is this brilliantly engaging short film, please click here to view it or visit https://vimeo.com/164099366More
Recruitment agencies who supply healthcare professionals from overseas are invited to attend a pre-market supplier engagement event to be held in London on 6th July.
The meeting will help shape a future framework being developed by the NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership to assist NHS Trusts in recruiting doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists and other staff internationally.More
Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMS)
NHS England has recently written to all NHS providers regarding 2016/17 and beyond, and the NHS Standard Contract Requirement for all providers of NHS-funded hip replacements, knee replacements, varicose vein surgery and groin hernia procedures to collect and submit PROMs data to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).
As part of the contracts between CCGs and independent or NHS providers, it has been a requirement that all NHS providers must use the Patient Questionnaire Framework (PQF) to procure collection of PROMS data from an accredited supplier, who then complies with Health and Social Care Information Centre requirements to be able to submit the PROMs data.
The current PQF is due to expire on 21 June 2016. However, contracts, or contract extensions, for the collection of PROMS data after this date, can still be awarded under the terms of the existing framework provided that the contract is awarded before the framework expires - i.e. by 21 June 2016 at the latest. So, it is possible to negotiate and procure a contract for 2016/17 PROMS data collections, provided it is awarded by 21 June 2016.
Alternatively, if a NHS Provider does not wish to extend their current contract under the PQF and/or once the PQF has expired, NHS England has worked with the North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative to provide an alternative framework option for procuring a new PROMS contract.
All the information regarding this new framework can be accessed by contacting Phil Spicer.More
A new contract, worth £18 million, will provide East Sussex healthcare NHS trust with some of the most advanced Pathology diagnostic equipment available on the market.
Frances O’Grady, Project manager from NHS Commercial Solutions has been responsible for the procurement of a new £18 million Pathology contract. The tender for this contract involved collaborative work between the expertise of NHS Commercial Solutions, East Sussex Healthcare NHS trust and provider Roche Diagnostics Ltd.
With an estimated 70 to 80% of all healthcare diagnoses and decisions being directly influenced by pathology test results, this agreement will have a significant positive impact on pathology reporting which will help to ensure the provision of a better service to patients in the East Sussex area.
Richard Sunley, Acting Chief Executive at East Sussex said “I am delighted to be signing the contract for this exciting partnership with Roche Diagnostics. The clinical services we provide rely on our pathology department for a fast and effective service for the rapid and reliable diagnosis of patients in our hospitals and within the local community. Our current laboratory service is hampered by very old equipment, most of which needs replacing. This new contract means we will update our laboratories with the latest state-of-the-art equipment which will also have a positive impact on the working environment of our staff.”
This is a significant success for patients and staff, continuing the drive of NHS Commercial Solutions to work with our partners to improve health outcomes in the South East.
*Note: Quotes and Statistics have been taken from an East Sussex Healthcare NHS trust media release.
NHS Commercial Solutions are pleased to invite you to our Innovation and Technology- Falls Prevention and Rehabilitation Conference on Tuesday, 10 May 2016. This event is free to attend and will take place at St. Thomas’ Hospital in Central London.
This year NHS Commercial Solutions is hosting a conference to bring together innovators and experts from across Europe in falls prevention and rehabilitation. This is an opportunity to discuss latest developments and innovative solutions.
Approximately a third of all people aged over 65 fall each year (which is equivalent to over 3 million)*. A falls prevention strategy could reduce the number of falls by 15-30%*; however innovative technology to help detect falls and prevent them, could reduce this even further.
This conference will feature products which have been procured for innovation and are available on a European-wide contract which will be demonstrated. Keynote speeches will be given by influential leaders working across European Health.
To find out more about this exciting free event click on the link below to be directed to the event page. Please remember to click the register button to confirm your attendance. We look forward to seeing you there.
The Total Cardiology Solutions Framework has been highly commended in the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards National 2016/2017. The ceremony was held on the 8th March in Manchester and representatives from the NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (CPP) team were there to collect the award. The CPP is a partnership between the North of England NHS Commercial Procurement Collaborative, NHS Commercial Solutions, NHS London Procurement Partnership and the East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub.
Nicco Varela, representative from the CPP said, “We get to work with a team who all bring something different to the table, so seeing the team recognised is brilliant.”
Congratulations to the CPP Total Cardiology Solutions team on all your hard work we are proud of you.
The Total Cardiology Solutions project (TCS) created a framework agreement which is helping to resolve many of the issues in cardiology procurement – the biggest NHS non-pay area of expenditure. It went live in April 2015. This is a collaborative national project conducted for the NHS, by the NHS.More
We are pleased to announce that the CPP Clinical Staffing Framework was released on 7th March 2016. This framework will encompass all clinical staffing groups (Nursing, Medical Locums, AHP and emergency workers) and will be nationwide in coverage. This framework is also the first to be launched since the introduction of Monitor agency rules and caps.
Allows NHS Trusts a simple fully EU compliant route to market for all clinical staffing groups.
Monitor compliance. This framework has been created in consultation with Monitor, in order to support the agency pricing cap rules which came into effect November 2015. Using this framework ensures that your organisation is compliant with current Monitor regulations and is future-proofed to take into account any further agency price regulations.
All Suppliers will be audited in order to be awarded a place on the framework. Regular audits will also be carried out throughout the lifetime of the framework to ensure compliance to NHS Employers standards.
The Framework allows flexibility for customers to directly call off from the Framework, or re-open competition by running a further competition, removing the need for customers to conduct full tender exercises or lengthy supplier evaluations, saving both the time and cost associated with procurement exercises.
Prices are fixed for the lifetime of the framework, maximising value for money, for the Initial Term and thereafter may only be revised by agreement in writing with the Framework Authority
If you use regular suppliers who are not currently on a framework, then please encourage them to partake in this exercise. Monitor rules do not allow trusts to use non framework agencies. This is a big opportunity for current non framework suppliers to be accredited for NHS use.
Applying for the Framework
The ITT will be open between 7th March and 20th April 2016. No responses will be accepted after this time.
Suppliers, if you would like to join this exercise then please register using the link below and follow all instructions:
Telephone: 0845 293 0459 (lines open from 08:30am to 17:30pm Monday to Friday, excluding English public holidays)More
Lord Carter of Coles’ final report sets out how non-specialist acute trusts can reduce unwarranted variation in productivity and efficiency across every area in the hospital to save the NHS £5 billion each year by 2020 to 2021.
The final report builds on the findings of the interim report and sets out further findings of variation across 32 non-specialist acute trusts.
Lord Carter has been appointed as a non-executive director at NHS Improvement and will continue to input into the implementation of his recommendations. To view the report click here.More
First three health sector contracts awarded to innovative SMEs by European consortium
Members of the central purchasing consortium HAPPI (Healthy Ageing Public Procurement of Innovations) - including Resah, NHS Commercial Solutions, Mercur’Hosp, SRC Piemonte, the Federation of Luxembourg Hospitals, BBG Federal Procurement Agency, and EHPPA – have come together to express their shared need for innovative solutions in the field of elderly care, launching the first call for cross-border deals within the public health sector.
The HAPPI consortium, aimed to develop a joint public procurement policy for healthcare innovations in response to a project launched by the European Commission in 2011, have now awarded their first set of contracts to three SMEs promising pioneering improvements to the care and living conditions of elderly individuals.More
Following the implementation of the pricing caps, CPP have been working closely with Monitor and the TDA. In light of those discussions, we have been finalising documents for the Clinical Staffing Framework tender.
As you'll appreciate, it is imperiative that the Framework gains approval by Monitor as a compliant route to market, so that trusts can use the framwork as part of their requirement to follow the agency rules. We apologise for the slight delay caused.
We expect the tender documents to be published at the end of January 2016.
Don't miss out! Please register on the tendering portal in order to receive a notification when the tender is issued to the market.More
Following the announcement by the Department of Health and Monitor/NHSTDA on new measures to support trusts and foundation trusts in managing workforce challenges, the four procurement hubs comprising the NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (CPP) have agreed that we should send a single collaborative message to the supply marketplace by:
· re-tendering our existing national agency nursing framework, and
· rather than conducting separate procurement exercises for every staff group as originally planned, we shall instead tender for a single temporary clinical staffing framework.
Our aim is to have this new framework in place for May 2016. CPP are holding an event on 6th November 2015 (for further information please email either Andy or Neil using hyperlink below).
Lot 4 (South) of our current national agency nursing framework will run until the end of its term. We are examining how this framework, and any resultant call-off contracts in place between trusts and Lot 4 (South) suppliers will comply with these measures between now and 1st April 2016.
We hope that these new framework arrangements will provide us with the flexibility to respond to any future changes from the centre, as well as giving the same ability for all trusts to call-off in the same manner as currently.More
Monitor and the TDA have published a consultation on staffing caps which will end on the 13th November. These proposal aims to introduce hourly price caps for all agency staff across all staff groups-doctors, nurses and other clinical and non-clinical staff, with the intention that these will be in place from the 23 November 2015.
Full details of the consultation can be found here:
NHS Commercial Solutions is intending to formally respond to the proposals on behalf of its members and therefore should you have any specific comments or concerns about the contents of the consultation, then please send these to either Neil Baigent or Andrew RouseMore
The NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (NHS CPP) has won the Value and Improvement in Procurement category at the 2015 HSJ Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
NHS CPP won in recognition of the ground-breaking Total Orthopaedic Solutions project which takes one of the highest areas of non-pay spend and one that has been subject to varying results across the whole NHS in the past.
Keith Rowley, Managing Director at participating hub NOE CPC comments; "I'm thrilled with this win, it is demostrative of what all the four hubs have achieved by working collaboratively. What makes Total Orthopaedics Solutions stand out is that is revolutionising the marketplace for orthopaedic procurement and offering a viable strategic rationalisation opportunity for adoption across the NHS. I feel incredibly proud to be a part of such a successful working partnership and to have formal recognition of the prodigious work taking place across NOE CPC, our partners, members and suppliers every day."
The awards had a record breaking year for entroes with more organisations than ever before demostrating that they are striving to improve value and efficiency in healthcare. From 532 entries, 140 organisations were shortlisted and 21 organisations have been judged to be leading the way in this increasingly important area and crowned winners.
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If you would like to learn more about this grounding breaking framework then please click here to link to our framework information page where you can find information on lot structure and suppliers listed on the framework.
We are pleased to anounce that our national nursing framework (ref LPP2013-00005) has been granted approval for NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts to use.
This follows the announcement on the 1st September 2015 by Monitor and the NHS TDA of the agency rules requiring all:
- NHS Trusts;
- NHS Foundation Trusts receiving interim support from the Department of Health (DH); and
- NHS Foundation Trusts in breach of their licence for financial reasons.
will be required to secure nursing agency staff via framework agreements approved by the NHS TDA and Monitor from the 19 October 2015.
Should you wish to discuss how your NHS organisation can maximise use of Lot 4 (South) of our framework, please do not hesitate to email NHSCS.Agency@nhs.net or telephone 01306 646 809. For further information on our framework, please click here.
The NHS Collaborative Partnership (NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative, NHS London Procurement Partnership, NHS Commercial Solutions and East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub) is going to market for a new national collaborative medical locum framework.
The Hubs are working collectively with the intention of awarding in January 2016, for implementation in April 2016.
On 14th July 2015, a Supplier Engagement Event was held in London to announce our intentions, to start the market engagement process and request support and feedback on the proposed procurement. Slides were presented and questions were taken from the agencies present. The NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership is using the following survey as a mechanism to collect feedback from all stakeholders – including Trusts and agency workers as well as suppliers.
We are keen to hear from stakeholders how they think the new framework agreement should work in practice and be structured, to enable Trusts to fulfil their needs and provide a compliant tool to manage Trust-Supplier relationships.
The survey will be open until 28th July 2015 and we would welcome your input if you work in a relevant field as an NHS stakeholder or supplier. To take part, please click on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/medicallocums
We are pleased to announce the launch of three regional Temporary Staffing Strategic and Best Value groups (‘TSGBVG’); Surrey, Kent and Sussex.
By engaging all Trusts in one region, we hope that we can work together to improve Temporary staffing sourcing. HR and procurement managers will review sourcing behaviours and expenditure and searching for opportunities to work together in order to reduce inefficiency and wastage.
First meeting dates have already been placed in the diary for Kent and Surrey (Sussex has yet to be confirmed):
Date: 20th July 2015
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Venue: Kent + Medway NHS& Social Care Partnership NHS Trust
Date: 23rd July 2015
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Venue: Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust
NHS Commercial Solutions are pleased to announce the launch of its new Construction Consultancy Framework. This agreement is open to all NHS Trusts within the UK and covers the following lots
- Lot 1: Project Manager
- Lot 2: Architect
- Lot 3: Building Surveyor
- Lot 4: Quantity Surveyor
- Lot 5: Building Services Engineer
- Lot 6: Structural Engineer
- Lot 7: CDM Coordinator
Collaborative Partnership NHS CPP Reaches Final Stages for HSJ Value and Improvement in Procurement Award
NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (NHS CPP), a four hub collaboration comprising NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOE CPC), NHS London Procurement Partnership (LPP), NHS East of England Collaborative Procurement Hub (EOE CPH] and NHS Commercial Solutions has been finalised for a prestigious award to recognise its role in helping to drive improvement and value in healthcare.
The HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards seek to recognise and reward outstanding efficiency and improvement by the NHS as well as look for examples of demonstrable improvement in outcomes.More
The NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (NHS CPP) comprising the four NHS collaborative procurement hubs (NHS London Procurement Partnership, NHS Commercial Solutions, East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub and NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative) has awarded and implemented a Total Cardiology Solutions framework agreement.
Led on behalf of CPP by LPP, this framework agreement covers the broad range of cardiology product categories and is available for use by CPP NHS members and the wider NHS.More
We are pleased that the NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership has been named as a finalist for the Public Sector Award at the Procurement Leaders Awards 2015 for our National Nurse Agency project.
NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (NHS CPP) comprising the four NHS Hubs - North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOECPC), NHS London Procurement Partnership (LPP), NHS Commercial Solutions and East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub (EOE CPH).More
NHS Commercial Solutions has awarded a framework agreement for the provision of services for the secure deletion of data from, and subsequent disposal of, redundant ICT assets.
Unauthorised disclosure of information is a major risk to organisations working with sensitive data, mainly due to the increasing dependence on electronic storage systems and the use of disposable media. NHS and third party systems may contain sensitive, patient-identifying or business critical data.
NHS Commercial Solutions is pleased to announce we have gained a place on the NHS England specialist and niche provider list.The directory, in the CCG Learning Environment, lists commissioning support services and organisational development support organisations that are able to provide support to CCGs.
This will enable us to continue our already successful programme of work supporting commissioning organisations in all their procurement requirements.
Leading ambulance personnel representing 12 European countries gathered for a two day Kick-off meeting at the Royal College of Art’s Dyson Gallery in Battersea on Wednesday and Thursday (11 & 12 February) last week to kick-start a consultation process focusing on the design and build of an innovative hi-tech 21st century ‘Smart’ ambulance which, when completed, could significantly alleviate pressure on Emergency Departments and hospitals.
Participants viewed a full-size Demonstrator Box that embodies design features informed by a 9 year research project. The box, modeled on a typical A& E ambulance patient treatment unit, was designed by the Royal College of Art’s Healthcare Research Lab, part of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. Ambulance and healthcare delegates from as far afield as Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark and Finland were shown the box’s hi-tech interior and invited to share their thoughts on what clinical design elements on display would best improve the shape of their own nation’s ambulance delivery
Managing Telecommunication spend can be a tough task, especially in the ever changing NHS arena and no strategy seems sustainable for the long run. This requires keeping up to date with the market and technology dynamics and be prompt to harvest the best out of it to suit your organisational need.More
The NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership – of which the NHS Commercial Solutions is a member - has been shortlisted for a Government Opportunities (GO) Award 2015/16 for its nursing and nursing-related staff framework agreement.More
I hope you all have settled back into the routine and just in case I forgot to say - happy 2015! The HCSA Council is meeting on Wednesday 21st January and the preceding evening the HCSA Executive is meeting with our President - Lord Hunt at the House of Lords. Lord Hunt continues to give his time generously to HCSA matters. The Council has a really packed agenda including how we drive forward our partnership with the Department of Health (DH) to support the development of the profession. Our DH colleagues strongly share our ambitions and I know are keen to invest in supporting the skills of our 'front line' Trust-based Procurement Teams.
National Procurement Strategy boost as NHS hubs formalise collaboration, working together and sharing of appropriate frameworks
The National Procurement Strategy has received a major boost as the four NHS procurement hubs have agreed to work to common Principles, and where practical have opened a number of frameworks to their combined membership, cutting duplication and giving trusts immediate access to a wider range of OJEU compliant frameworks.More
Trusts met on Friday 5th December for the launch of the Total Cardiology Solutions framework agreement, being developed by the NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership.
The NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership comprises the four NHS collaborative procurement hubs (NHS London Procurement Partnership, NHS Commercial Solutions, East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub and NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative).More
Alyson Brett, Chief Executive of NHS Commercial Solutions is also the President of The European Public Procurement Alliance (EHPPA). In the wake of the publication of the NHS Procurement Atlas of Variation, Alyson talks about how international networking and sharing best practice in procurement can help raise standards in the NHS.
EHPPA was set up in collaboration with French procurement colleagues some three years ago, and we now have members from ten countries across Europe. We are delighted to hear that Lord Carter recently referenced the importance of global networking in procurement. One of EHPPA’s primary objectives is to establish effective benchmarking across a range of clinical and non -clinical categories to improve the procurement performance of its members in the European market.More
We are pleased that Leicester Partnership NHS Trust has become a member of the NHS Commercial Alliance and welcome them on board.More
Following a rigorous procurement process, NHS Commercial Solutions has awarded a framework agreement for the provision of services for the secure deletion of data from, and subsequent disposal of, redundant ICT assets.More
NHS hubs to collaborate on Total Orthopaedic Solutions framework agreement with 1st January 2015 go-live date
The four NHS collaborative procurement hubs (NHS Commercial Solutions, NHS London Procurement Partnership, East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub and North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative) are embarking on an ambitious and innovative project to develop, award and implement a Total Orthopaedic Solutions framework agreement.More
This national framework agreement commenced on 14th May 2014 and was established in collaboration with three other NHS procurement hubs to meet the need for ensuring the provision of quality temporary and permanent staff from the UK and overseas. The contract is for an initial period of two years, plus two optional one-year extension periods.More
In August 2013, the Department of Health launched the 'Better Procurement, Better Value, Better Care: A Procurement Development Programme for the NHS'. This aims to help Trusts deliver £1.5bn to £2bn efficiency savings by 2015/16 to help protect frontline services and put in place a set of enablers to sustain the savings for the future.More
NHS Commercial Solutions are pleased to announce the award of an alliance wide NHS list of preferred medical locum agencies for our member trusts to use for their medical locum requirements.More
Arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery used to diagnose and repair problems with the joints, or to remove fragments of loose bone or cartilage. An arthroscope - a type of endoscope - is inserted through a small incision to investigate the damage to an interior joint. The procedure is most commonly performed on the knees, but can also be used on wrists, elbows, ankles and shoulders.More
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