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Finding contracting opportunities

We publish regular pipeline information to provide a forward look of potential contracting opportunities. 

The procurement pipeline provides a forward view of potential commercial activity and can be accessed below. 

The information includes the:

  • project title
  • estimated value
  • estimated date when the contract will be awarded

You can also search for 'NHS Digital contract opportunities' on the government's Contract Finder. It provides details of all ‘closed’ opportunities where the tender process has finished as well as procurements not yet awarded.

How to use the procurement pipeline

Understanding the headings 

Description: description of the procurement along with its reference number (project code)

Contract award forecast: proposed schedule date for awarding the contract

Category: type of spend

Procurement status: see procurement status definitions

Value band: see value banding 

Value banding 

B: £185,000 to £250,000

C: £250,000 to £500,000

D: £500,000 to £1 million

E: £1 million to £5 million

F: £5 million to £10 million

G: £10 million to £25 million

H: £25 million to £50 million 

I: £50 million to £100 million 

J: £100 million to £250 million 

Procurement status definitions 

Pipeline idea: in define stage, the need is being understood and the likely commercial requirements are not yet known

Pipeline planned: in define stage, the need is understood and high level specification being developed - we can predict with some confidence indicative key dates for the project

In flight: in define stage, procurement resources assigned

Reprocurement: procurement of goods and services that are a recurring requirement 

Procurement pipeline

Description Contract award forecast Category Procurement status Value band

Occupational health

Project code: prj_1332

TBC Recruitment Reprocurement B

EMC support contract

Project code: prj_2180

2020 Q4 Disk storage system maintenance Reprocurement B

Identity and access management software renewal

Project code: prj_3257

2021 Q1 Authentication server software Reprocurement B

Cyber - Advance Threat Detection (ATD) - Discovery Phase

Project code: prj_3755

April 2021 Cyber support services and systems Pipeline - idea E

Cyber - accredited training packages

Project code: prj_3756

April 2021 Development and training - unclassified Pipeline - idea D

Federated data query for analytics - cyber

Project code: prj_3757

April 2021 Cyber support services and systems Pipeline - idea B

Zero trust authentication - cyber

Project code: prj_3758

April 2021 Cyber support services and systems Pipeline - idea E

Attack simulation platform - cyber

Project code: prj_3759

April 2021 Cyber support services and systems Pipeline - idea E

Encryption enhancements - cyber

Project code: prj_3760

April 2021 Cyber support services and systems Pipeline - idea F

HSCN full fibre delivery

Project code: prj_4066

2023 Q1 Internet related services Pipeline - idea H

Accessing professional services  - complex transformation support

Project code: prj_4119

2020 Q4 Strategy consultancy Pipeline - planned F

Online recruitment assessments system

Project code: prj_4368

2021 Q3 Human resources software Pipeline - planned C

Learning management system (new requirement)

Project code: prj_4369

April 2021 Human resources software Pipeline - planned C

Manned security services for Exeter

Project code: prj_4465

April 2021 Security guard services Pipeline - planned C

Oracle Database Support Renewal 2021

Project code: prj_4503

April 2021 Technical support or help desk services Pipeline - planned E

Testing digital test platform

Project code: prj_4575

TBC Technical services - unclassified Pipeline - idea G

Data analysis migration and meta analysis

Project code: prj_4600

October 2020 Software or hardware engineering Pipeline - planned D

Payroll 2021 onwards

Project code: prj_4724

February 2021 HR services - unclassified Pipeline - planned E

Product design and user research for health and social care services

Project code: prj_4744

December 2020 Software or hardware engineering Pipeline - idea E

MHCYP survey 2024

Project code: prj_4368

2022 Q4 Market research telephone surveys Pipeline - idea Unknown

Data Access Request Service transformation - phase 2

Project code: prj_4769

December 2020 Data base management system software Pipeline - idea C

Mental health of looked after children

Project code: prj_4795

2021 Q4 Research services Pipeline - planned E

Smoking, drinking and drugs use among young people 2023

Project code: prj_4796

2022 Q2 Research services Pipeline - planned E

Enterprise architecture strategic partner

Project code: prj_4818

March 2021 Data services Pipeline - idea E

Data tooling - strategic solution for national metadata collaboration

Project code: prj_4842

December 2020 Data services Pipeline - idea D

Remote signing platform

Project code: prj_4852

November 2020 Software Pipeline - planned D

Tableau professional services

Project code: prj_4863

October 2020 Data services Pipeline - planned X

NHS APP live development and devops delivery - re-tender

Project code: prj_4882

2021 Q3 Software or hardware engineering Pipeline - planned G

NHSD ERP solution

Project code: prj_4958

April 2021 Software Pipeline - idea G

Data services technical delivery partner

Project code: prj_4974

January 2021 Technical consultancy Pipeline - idea Unknown

Terminology management: identification of semantic duplicates

Project code: prj_4983

TBC Data services Pipeline - idea Unknown

Terminology management: analyse, identify, and prepare terminology content

Project code: prj_4985

TBC Data services Pipeline - idea Unknown

Veeam licensing and support renewals

Project code: prj_4991

January 2021 Software Pipeline - planned B

Product development transition and transformation client side delivery and support

Project code: prj_5033

January 2021 Technical consultancy  Pipeline - idea Unknown

Download a copy of the procurement pipeline

We have provided some extra information within the read me first section within this spreadsheet. This includes information on how to submit your interest in potential opportunities.   


Opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)

We want to buy goods and services from SMEs whenever they are offering the best value for money. 

Find out more about bidding for government contracts in the doing business with government guide for SMEs.


Frameworks are agreements put in place with a supplier or range of suppliers that enables us to place orders for services without running lengthy full tendering exercises.  Framework agreements provide an efficient and effective means of combining the benefits of reduced process costs and enhanced buying power resulting from a consolidation of requirements. 

An increasing amount of our procurement is through a range of frameworks that have been negotiated by Crown Commercial Service (CCS) or other public procurement organisations.

Tenders will be invited from all suppliers on the framework agreement or relevant lot within the framework if it is broken down by lots. If there are many potential suppliers, the commercial team might carry out a capability assessment before inviting bids.

How we decide which framework to use

Our aim is to acquire goods and services at best value, ensuring a fair and reasonable involvement of stakeholders and suppliers.

Once a requirement has been identified, we will evaluate whether there is an existing framework in place which could meet that need.  Only If there are no existing arrangements will an alternative sourcing strategy will be developed.

We have procured through the following frameworks over the last 6 months.  

Framework agreements
Live framework agreements Value of procurements through this route
NHS SBS - IT Solutions (Networks, Software, Hardware & IT Services) F
CCS - Technology Services 2, RM3804 F
CCS - G-Cloud 11 (All Lots) D
CCS - RM6068 Technology Products and Services E
CCS - Network Services 2, Lot 13 (RM3808/13) C
CCS - Technology Products 2, Lot 2 (Software) (RM3733) C
South of England Procurement Services (SOEP) - Back Office Functions F10749 C
NHS Digital - BIS DPS B

Some of these frameworks have now expired and been replaced with newer versions, some are live but closed to further applications and some will be accepting supplier applications.

Framework agreements replaced with newer versions Replacement framework agreement Value of procurements through this route
CCS - Digital Outcomes and Specialists 3, Lot 1 RM1043.6 G
CCS - Digital Outcomes and Specialists 2 RM1043.6 E
CCS - G-Cloud 10, Lot 2 (Cloud Software) RM1557 D
CCS - G-Cloud 9, Lot 2 (Cloud Software) RM1557 D
CCS - G-Cloud 10, Lot 3 (Cloud Support) RM1557 B
CCS - Technology Products 2, Lot 2 (Software) RM6068 A

To become a supplier on a framework you need to respond successfully to a contract notice published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), agree and sign to confirm agreement of all associated terms and be awarded a place on the framework. 

Contact us

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Last edited: 6 November 2020 3:50 pm