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Finding contracting opportunities

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

Important information

Procurement pipeline published: November 2022

Next review: February 2023

The pipeline identifies projects greater than £150,000 for procurements not yet awarded.

Please be aware that there is no guarantee that any published pipeline project will lead to a tender publication as we may decide not to proceed with the contract.

The information reflects our anticipated procurement pipeline as of the report date. The publication of the Laura Wade-Gery review on digital transformation does not change the approach to the pipeline and planned procurements. We will continue to publish the pipeline and delivering our key business. However, please note, the information and material contained in this download is provided for general information purposes only.

We cannot accept responsibility for any errors, omissions or inaccuracies and the information is subject to change at any time.

NHS Digital makes no commitment that the:

- requirements identified will be procured

- annual value of any contract will be as stated

- timing of any future procurement exercises will be as stated

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

Contract award forecast: proposed schedule date for awarding the contract

Category: type of spend

Procurement status: the stage best describing the project

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 

Draft: the need is being understood and the likely commercial requirements are not yet known

Pipeline: the need is understood and high-level specification being developed. We can predict with some confidence indicative key dates for the project

Pre-procurement: intention to go to market in near future

Procurement: procurement in progress


Procurement pipeline

Description Contract award forecast Category Procurement status Value band

A replacement contract is required for external audit services.

Project code: W51712

6 January 2023 CS Commercial Draft B

Contract for National Health Application and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS) remediation support, arisen from mandatory system or enhanced system functionality required. Experience in Cache/MUMPS is required.

Project code: W19122

1 January 2023 PD Primary Care Technology Pre-Procurement B

Reprocurement of EFM Enterprise System.

Project code: W24068

1 April 2023 Data, Insights and Statistics Pre-Procurement D

NHS Digital requires supplier to deliver PPIE requirements co-development, consultation, testing and engagement with patients and the public to ensure that they remain at the heart of what we do.

Project code: W16538

1 April 2023 Data, Insights and Statistics Pre-Procurement D

Reasonable Adjustments (GP IT)

Project code: W3142

1 April 2023 P and I Platforms Pre-Procurement B

The e-Referral service (e-RS) allows patients to choose their first clinic or hospital appointments, allows GPs to book first appointments. 

Project code: W15521

1 April 2023 PD Medication, Social Care and Child Health Pre-Procurement G

NHS Digital Citizen Health Technology require a supplier to support in the development of a Data & MI solution to link Data from NHS App, Login and .UK to help support Data Driven decision making and insight.

Project code: W24073

1 April 2023 PD Citizen Health Technology Pre-Procurement F
  • Reprocure the existing cloud aggregator contract
  • Enhance the scope of the cloud aggregator agreement to support services to the wider NHS through the implementation of a community cloud (with direct billing from the aggregator to the NHS)
  • Asses

Project code: W0060

 1 June 2024 Core Infrastructure Draft J

Delivery partner for the  re-building and re-writing of the Directory of Service (DoS) platform.

Project code: W23887

1 July 2023 PD Digital Urgent and Emergency Care Pre-procurement F

The UK government has mandated that the public sector health entities provide aggregate (UK level if possible) data to OECD annually and biennially (HCQI) to support the annual OECD Health Statistics publication and ongoing HCQI programme.

Project code: W49888

1 August 2023 Data Curation and Open Data Pre-procurement C

A sample of DSPT audits (approximately 15 to 20 audits, depending on cost per audit) to be undertaken by one or two suppliers, following the DSPT Independent Assessment Guidance and fixed scope.

Project code: W16602

2 January 2023 IT Data Security Centre Draft C

This project is to support the delivery of the API Management function. It is for a 4 year DevOps work programme.

Project code: W2399

3 July 2023 P and I Platforms Pre-Procurement G

A contingency contract to provide capacity or capability to deliver unplanned work across a number of Directorates.

Project code: W46663

7 March 2023 PL Platforms Pre-Procurement F

DNS service re-procurement.

Project code: W51662

15 May 2023 IT Live Services Pre-Procurement E

Renewal of Zendesk Licences and Support 2023.                    

Project code: W47023

16 April 2023 PD Central Draft C

Customer Facing Contact Centre Services  for e-RS Telephone Appointment Line(TAL) and NHS APP .

Project code: W8844

17 February 2023 PD Medication, Social Care and Child Health Pre-Procurement H

Primary Care Solutions within the Detained Estate (Ministry of Justice: adult prisons, young offender institutes, child and young people's estate and Home Office: Immigration Removal Centres).

Project code: W44837

20 May 2024 To be confirmed Draft G

Renewal of Pan-NHS Windows 10, ATP and Office 365.

Project code: W1002

24 May 2023 IT Collaboration Services Pre-Procurement J

Building Information Standards DPS.

Project code: W0082

To be confirmed To be confirmed Procurement F

Primary Care Registration Management (PCRM) change initiative is to re-create and enhance a large set of primary care registration services in the NHS Digital Managed Spine Demographics (Personal Demographics System).

Project code: W2398

27 April 2023 P and I Platforms

Pre-Procurement

G

Re-procurement of existing live service for secure email and collaboration services.

Project code: W3426

28 April 2023 IT Collaboration Services Pre-Procurement J

Contract for the provision of the Mental Health of Children and Young People (MHCYP) Survey 2024. The contract will cover the development, fieldwork, subsequent analysis and reporting and depositing of data into the UK Data Services catalogue.

Project code: W3466

To be confirmed DS Data, Insights and Statistics Pre-Procurement B

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

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.

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
RM1557.12 G Cloud 12  – expires 27 November 2022 RM1557.13 G Cloud 13
RM6068 - current - expires 9 December 2023  
RM6100 - current - expires 15 June 2025  

To become a supplier on a framework you need to respond successfully to a contract notice published in the Find a Tender (FTS) service. The new UK e-notification service where notices for new procurements are required to be published in place of the Official Journal of the European Union’s Tenders Electronic Daily (OJEU/TED) 


Contact us

If you have any queries regarding procurement opportunities, please email: nhsdigital.industryqueries@nhs.net

Last edited: 25 November 2022 2:33 pm