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Choosing the right tender framework

Restore are privileged to support 75% of NHS Trusts with various document management solutions. This has created vast experience across the group of the NHS procurement process, and how a Trust can successfully tender for a large digitisation project.

Money is available, whether through the Digital Exemplar programme, as a Fast Follower or the NHS Digital Funding scheme. However, that budget is still limited and being confident on ROI is essential.

Therefore, commencing a procurement process that guarantees you receive the information you need to make the right decision. Plus, that elicits accurate and realistic pricing is a key priority of the tender process.

We have created a series of blogs to support NHS Trusts embarking on a procurement process, to help make navigating the process that little bit easier.

Once you know what type of procurement process you are going to undertake, you may need to find the right framework on which to tender through. Some NHS Trusts have already made the decision, whereas some allow the procurement team for each project to decide.
A summary of some of the frameworks are below, but if you have flexibility, we really recommend you meet with each, interview them and find the right portal for your project.

Daniel is our NHS consultant can run you through the portals and your options in more detail. Why not send him an email if you have any questions:



NHS Supply Chain

Where a notice is placed in the Official Journal inviting tenders from those that meet declared minimum capacity levels, all of those who submit their tender by the data specified in the notice must be considered.




Crown Commercial Service (CCS)

CCS is an executive agency, sponsored by the Cabinet office. It brings together policy, advice and direct buying, providing commercial services to the public sector and saving money for the taxpayer.




Healthtrust Europe

For NHS and private healthcare organisations, THE provide an integrated contracting process to ensure the highest quality products are obtained at the best price for its members. 




NHS Shared Business Services

Our extensive portfolio of framework agreements is designed to ensure ease of access and offer a compliant route to market for NHS and public sector organisations. The NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) framework contracts cover health and corporate services including IT, Legal, Estates & Facilities and Business Services.




NHS South of England Procurement Services

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (“the Trust”) has established this framework to provide a range of NHS back office services, including financial, procurement, employment and data warehousing services, for itself and for the benefit of other public bodies. The Trust considers that the framework agreement will enable the wider public sector to benefit from a streamlined services delivery approach.




The NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership

The NHS CPP are a group of four NHS procurement hubs set up to develop supply chain collaboration in the NHS and cut duplication by identifying procurement opportunities for each hub and sharing the information.

Together they represent about 60% of NHS trusts and control between £6bn to £7.5bn of NHS non-pay spends.

The four hubs, NHS Commercial Solutions (CS), East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub (EOE), NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOE CPC) and NHS London Procurement Partnership (LPP) support more than 160 NHS organisations as members.





With many years of working experience in the fields of social care, NHS and in public procurement, this category offers the expertise needed to establish frameworks across the whole of the social care and health sector.



Want to know more about the principals of NHS procurement, speak to Daniel our NHS Consultant, who will happily answer any questions.


Daniel Stonard

Business Development Manager – Digital Solutions

07872 008 058


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