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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

Akamai renewal 2018

Project code: prj_1636

May 2021 Security and protection software Reprocurement B

Support and maintenance for EMC hardware

Project code: prj_2180

March 2021 EMC support contract Reprocurement B

Supplier Audit Management

Project code: prj_2409

2022 Q1 Supplier audit management Reprocurement D

NHS login Public Beta Technical Services

Project code: prj_3099

TBC NHS login Public Beta Technical Services Reprocurement B

Smartcard Reader Supply, Storage and Distribution Service

Project code: prj_3265

August 2021 Smartcard Reader Supply, Storage and Distribution Service Reprocurement B

Advice and/or delivery of programmes or portfolios of work which are complex multi-disciplinary transformational and large scale

Project code: prj_4119

July 2021 Accessing professional services - complex transformation support Pipeline - planned F

Manned security services for Hexagon and Hembury Houses

Project code: prj_4465

December 2021 Manned security services for Exeter Pipeline - planned D

Self-drive short-term vehicle hire

Project code: prj_4483

September 2021 Self-drive vehicle hire Pipeline - planned C

Renewal of support contract for Oracle Database for 2021 onwards

Project code: prj_4503

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

HSCN full fibre delivery

Project code: prj_4066

2023 Q1 Internet related services Pipeline - idea H

Mental Health for Children and Young People Survey 2024

Project code: prj_4767

November 2022 Market research telephone surveys Pipeline - idea E

Mental health of looked after children survey

Project code: prj_4795

TBC Research services Pipeline - idea E

Procurement of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system for NHS Digital

Project code: prj_4958

TBC Software Pipeline - idea G

Replacement for the current Telephone Appointment Line Service

Project code: prj_5163

TBC Scope to be confirmed Pipeline - idea TBC

Identity Checking Strategic Solution

Project code: prj_5203

2021 Q2 Software Pipeline - idea E

PAT small electrical items - all NHSD sites

Project code: prj_4482

September 2021 Electrical services Pipeline - planned B

Delivery team working Data Services Alliance tribes

Project code: prj_4853

TBC Data services Pipeline - idea F

Data Services Technical Delivery Partner

Project code: prj_4974

July 2021 Technical consultancy Pipeline - idea F

NHS APP Live Development and DevOps Delivery

Project code: prj_4882

2021 Q3 Software or hardware engineering Pipeline - planned G

Supply of marketing communication services

Project code: prj_5326

July 2021 Services Pipeline - planned E

New contract for payroll provision. Full service to commence July 2021 on expiry of current contract.

Project code: prj_4724

February 2021 HR Services - Unclassified Pipeline - planned E

Procurement of Smoking Drinking and Drugs Use Among Young People 2023 survey

Project code: prj_4796

2022 Q1 Research services Pipeline - idea E

Spine Core Dev Ops

Project code: prj_5207

April 2021 Services Pipeline - planned G

Risk stratification

Project code: prj_5266

April 2021 Services Pipeline - planned F

Live services support for the NHS App

Project code: prj_5249

2021 Q2 Services Reprocurement H

Future development under agile for NHS.UK

Project code: prj_5313

2021 Q1 Services Pipeline - planned G

Aptitude tests such as psychometric ability tests, numerical, verbal, general ability, diagrammatic and inductive reasoning tests to be used for candidate screening

Project code: prj_4368

2021 Q2 Human resources software Pipeline - planned C

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 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

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Last edited: 25 March 2021 9:50 am