Of the NHS’ £122bn budget, one third is spent on procuring goods and services but this does not mean the remaining budget does not touch procurement at some level. There are hundreds of opportunities at any one time which are funded by the NHS but procured through different authorities. There are 5 main routes to market if you are a company looking to supply the NHS: you can sell directly to trusts or primary care organisations, through NHS Supply Chain, through collaborative purchasing arrangements, through national framework contracts or through government tenders.
For North East-based providers, a fantastic opportunity has been released on the TED portal by South Tyneside Council. They require a supplier to deliver Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered care to adults, children and/or young people living in South Tyneside. This opportunity is an example of how the NHS can be involved in so many opportunities. These individuals will be living in their own home with complex health needs and qualify for the NHS Continuing Health Care (CHC), Children’s Continuing Care (CC) and Section 117 (of the Mental Health Act 1983) aftercare.
It is important to assess the tender opportunity closely before making a decision, particularly if you are using a portal you are not familiar with as important details can be missed. The bid/no bid decision should be the first step in your bidding process, based on competitor analysis, relationship with procuring authority, alignment with your own business strategy etc. The following information will also be necessary when making your bid/no bid decision.
The opportunity is divided into seven Lots, depending on the location, type of healthcare needed and the group of people. Each Lot will be marked in the same way with the same weightings as follows:
Mobilisation and implementation — 10 %,
Workforce management — 10%
Service delivery — 20%
Quality standards — 10%
Business continuity — 10%
Collaborative working — 10%
Meeting patient needs (Lot specific) — 20%
Social value — 10%
The total value of the contract is £59,521,000 and the deadline for submissions is the 22nd November 2019. Does this opportunity still seem appropriate for your organisation? If so, please do not hesitate to contact our team of professional bid writers to see how we can support you.