11 January 2016

HAPPI Contracts Awarded

First three health sector contracts awarded to innovative SMEs by European consortium

Members of the central purchasing consortium HAPPI (Healthy Ageing Public Procurement of Innovations) - including Resah, NHS Commercial Solutions, Mercur’Hosp, SRC Piemonte, the Federation of Luxembourg Hospitals, BBG Federal Procurement Agency, and EHPPA – have come together to express their shared need for innovative solutions in the field of elderly care, launching the first call for cross-border deals within the public health sector. 

The HAPPI consortium, aimed to develop a joint public procurement policy for healthcare innovations in response to a project launched by the European Commission in 2011, have now awarded their first set of contracts to three SMEs promising pioneering improvements to the care and living conditions of elderly individuals.

Elderly people

07 January 2016

Clinical Staffing Framework Update

Following the implementation of the pricing caps, CPP have been working closely with Monitor and the TDA. In light of those discussions, we have been finalising documents for the Clinical Staffing Framework tender.

As you'll appreciate, it is imperiative that the Framework gains approval by Monitor as a compliant route to market, so that trusts can use the framwork as part of their requirement to follow the agency rules.  We apologise for the slight delay caused.

We expect the tender documents to be published at the end of January 2016.


Don't miss out! Please register on the tendering portal in order to receive a notification when the tender is issued to the market.

People in Office

29 October 2015

NHSCPP to retender Agency Nursing Framework

Following the announcement by the Department of Health and Monitor/NHSTDA on new measures to support trusts and foundation trusts in managing workforce challenges, the four procurement hubs comprising the NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (CPP) have agreed that we should send a single collaborative message to the supply marketplace by:

·   re-tendering our existing national agency nursing framework, and

·   rather than conducting separate procurement exercises for every staff group as originally planned, we shall instead tender for a single temporary clinical staffing framework.  

Our aim is to have this new framework in place for May 2016. CPP are holding an event on 6th November 2015 (for further information please email either Andy or Neil using hyperlink below).

Lot 4 (South) of our current national agency nursing framework will run until the end of its term. We are examining how this framework, and any resultant call-off contracts in place between trusts and Lot 4 (South) suppliers will comply with these measures between now and 1st April 2016.

We hope that these new framework arrangements will provide us with the flexibility to respond to any future changes from the centre, as well as giving the same ability for all trusts to call-off in the same manner as currently.

If you have questions, please contact either Andy Rouse or Neil Baigent

Patient Communications

16 October 2015

DH Consultation on Staffing Caps

Monitor and the TDA have published a consultation on staffing caps which will end on the 13th November. These proposal aims to introduce hourly price caps for all agency staff across all staff groups-doctors, nurses and other clinical and non-clinical staff, with the intention that these will be in place from the 23 November 2015.

Full details of the consultation can be found here:

NHS Commercial Solutions is intending to formally respond to the proposals on behalf of its members and therefore should you have any specific comments or concerns about the contents of the consultation, then please send these to either Neil Baigent or Andrew Rouse


25 September 2015

NHS Collaborative wins HSJ Award for Total Orthopaedics Framework

The NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (NHS CPP) has won the Value and Improvement in Procurement category at the 2015 HSJ Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

NHS CPP won in recognition of the ground-breaking Total Orthopaedic Solutions project which takes one of the highest areas of non-pay spend and one that has been subject to varying results across the whole NHS in the past.

Keith Rowley, Managing Director at participating hub NOE CPC comments; "I'm thrilled with this win, it is demostrative of what all the four hubs have achieved by working collaboratively. What makes Total Orthopaedics Solutions stand out is that is revolutionising the marketplace for orthopaedic procurement and offering a viable strategic rationalisation opportunity for adoption across the NHS. I feel incredibly proud to be a part of such a successful working partnership and to have formal recognition of the prodigious work taking place across NOE CPC, our partners, members and suppliers every day."

The awards had a record breaking year for entroes with more organisations than ever before demostrating that they are striving to improve value and efficiency in healthcare. From 532 entries, 140 organisations were shortlisted and 21 organisations have been judged to be leading the way in this increasingly important area and crowned winners.

Find out more...

If you would like to learn more about this grounding breaking framework then please click here to link to our framework information page where you can find information on lot structure and suppliers listed on the framework.




HSJ winners

18 September 2015

Nursing Framework Approved


We are pleased to anounce that our national nursing framework (ref LPP2013-00005) has been granted approval for NHS Trusts and  NHS Foundation Trusts to use.

This follows the announcement on the 1st September 2015 by Monitor and the NHS TDA of the agency rules requiring all:

  • NHS Trusts;
  • NHS Foundation Trusts receiving interim support from the Department of Health (DH); and
  • NHS Foundation Trusts in breach of their licence for financial reasons.

will be required to secure nursing agency staff via framework agreements approved by the NHS TDA and Monitor from the 19 October 2015.

Should you wish to discuss how your NHS organisation can maximise use of Lot 4 (South) of our framework, please do not hesitate to email or telephone 01306 646 809. For further information on our framework, please click here.


17 July 2015

Survey Responses Invited Ahead of New  Medical Locums Framework

The NHS Collaborative Partnership (NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative, NHS London Procurement Partnership, NHS Commercial Solutions and East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub) is going to market for a new national collaborative medical locum framework.

The Hubs are working collectively with the intention of awarding in January 2016, for implementation in April 2016.

On 14th July 2015, a Supplier Engagement Event was held in London to announce our intentions, to start the market engagement process and request support and feedback on the proposed procurement. Slides were presented and questions were taken from the agencies present. The NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership is using the following survey as a mechanism to collect feedback from all stakeholders – including Trusts and agency workers as well as suppliers.

We are keen to hear from stakeholders how they think the new framework agreement should work in practice and be structured, to enable Trusts to fulfil their needs and provide a compliant tool to manage Trust-Supplier relationships.

The survey will be open until 28th July 2015 and we would welcome your input if you work in a relevant field as an NHS stakeholder or supplier. To take part, please click on this link:



02 July 2015

Regional Temporary Staffing Strategy Groups Launched

We are pleased to announce the launch of three regional Temporary Staffing Strategic and Best Value groups (‘TSGBVG’); Surrey, Kent and Sussex.

By engaging all Trusts in one region, we hope that we can work together to improve Temporary staffing sourcing. HR and procurement managers will review sourcing behaviours and expenditure and searching for opportunities to work together in order to reduce inefficiency and wastage.

First meeting dates have already been placed in the diary for Kent and Surrey (Sussex has yet to be confirmed):


Date: 20th July 2015

Time: 1pm to 4pm

Venue: Kent + Medway NHS& Social Care Partnership NHS Trust


Date: 23rd July 2015

Time: 1pm to 4pm

Venue: Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust


We hope to confirm a first Sussex meeting very soon. For more information on this initiative, please contact Andy Rouse or Neil Baigent.


05 June 2015

Construction Consultancy Framework Launched

NHS Commercial Solutions are pleased to announce the launch of its new Construction Consultancy Framework. This agreement is open to all NHS Trusts within the UK and covers the following lots

  • Lot 1: Project Manager
  • Lot 2: Architect
  • Lot 3: Building Surveyor
  • Lot 4: Quantity Surveyor
  • Lot 5: Building Services Engineer
  • Lot 6: Structural Engineer
  • Lot 7: CDM Coordinator
Minor works

28 May 2015

Collaborative Partnership NHS CPP Reaches Final Stages for HSJ Value and Improvement in Procurement Award

NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (NHS CPP), a four hub collaboration comprising NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOE CPC), NHS London Procurement Partnership (LPP), NHS East of England Collaborative Procurement Hub (EOE CPH] and NHS Commercial Solutions has been finalised for a prestigious award to recognise its role in helping to drive improvement and value in healthcare.

The HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards seek to recognise and reward outstanding efficiency and improvement by the NHS as well as look for examples of demonstrable improvement in outcomes.

HSJ Finalist 2015

8 May 2015

First pan-NHS cardiology framework designed to release clinical time to focus on patient care

The NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (NHS CPP) comprising the four NHS collaborative procurement hubs (NHS London Procurement Partnership, NHS Commercial Solutions, East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub and NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative) has awarded and implemented a Total Cardiology Solutions framework agreement.

Led on behalf of CPP by LPP, this framework agreement covers the broad range of cardiology product categories and is available for use by CPP NHS members and the wider NHS.


31 March 2015

NHS CPP finalists in the Procurement Leaders Awards 2015


We are pleased that the NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership has been named as a finalist for the Public Sector Award at the Procurement Leaders Awards 2015 for our National Nurse Agency project.

NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (NHS CPP) comprising the four NHS Hubs - North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOECPC), NHS London Procurement Partnership (LPP), NHS Commercial Solutions and East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub (EOE CPH).

Procurement Leaders Award 2015

10th March 2015

NHS Commercial Solutions sponsors Security Classification webinar

NHS Commercial Solutions has awarded a framework agreement for the provision of services for the secure deletion of data from, and subsequent disposal of, redundant ICT assets.

Unauthorised disclosure of information is a major risk to organisations working with sensitive data, mainly due to the increasing dependence on electronic storage systems and the use of disposable media. NHS and third party systems may contain sensitive, patient-identifying or business critical data.


27th February 2015

NHS Commercial Solutions listed on NHS England’s specialist and niche provider list

NHS Commercial Solutions is pleased to announce we have gained a place on the NHS England specialist and niche provider list.The directory, in the CCG Learning Environment, lists commissioning support services and organisational development support organisations that are able to provide support to CCGs.

This will enable us to continue our already successful programme of work supporting commissioning organisations in all their procurement requirements.


17th February 2015

Smart ambulance minds think inside the Box

Leading ambulance personnel representing 12 European countries gathered for a two day Kick-off meeting at the Royal College of Art’s Dyson Gallery in Battersea on Wednesday and Thursday (11 & 12 February) last week to kick-start a consultation process focusing on the design and build of an innovative hi-tech 21st century ‘Smart’ ambulance which, when completed, could significantly alleviate pressure on Emergency Departments and hospitals.

Participants viewed a full-size Demonstrator Box that embodies design features informed by a 9 year research project. The box, modeled on a typical A& E ambulance patient treatment unit, was designed by the Royal College of Art’s Healthcare Research Lab, part of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. Ambulance and healthcare delegates from as far afield as Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark and Finland were shown the box’s hi-tech interior and invited to share their thoughts on what clinical design elements on display would best improve the shape of their own nation’s ambulance delivery

Ambulance prototype

12th February 2015

Telecoms Workshop at NHS Commercial Solutions

Managing Telecommunication spend can be a tough task, especially in the ever changing NHS arena and no strategy seems sustainable for the long run. This requires keeping up to date with the market and technology dynamics  and be prompt to harvest the best out of it to suit your organisational need.


5th February 2015

NHSCS shortlisted for National Government Opportunites (GO) Procurement Innovation Award

The NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership – of which the NHS Commercial Solutions is a member - has been shortlisted for a Government Opportunities (GO) Award 2015/16 for its nursing and nursing-related staff framework agreement.


29th January 2015

HCSA Chairman's Message - January 2015

Dear Member

I hope you all have settled back into the routine and just in case I forgot to say - happy 2015! The HCSA Council is meeting on Wednesday 21st January and the preceding evening the HCSA Executive is meeting with our President - Lord Hunt at the House of Lords. Lord Hunt continues to give his time generously to HCSA matters. The Council has a really packed agenda including how we drive forward our partnership with the Department of Health (DH) to support the development of the profession. Our DH colleagues strongly share our ambitions and I know are keen to invest in supporting the skills of our 'front line' Trust-based Procurement Teams.


28th January 2015

National Procurement Strategy boost as NHS hubs formalise collaboration, working together and sharing of appropriate frameworks

The National Procurement Strategy has received a major boost as the four NHS procurement hubs have agreed to work to common Principles, and where practical have opened a number of frameworks to their combined membership, cutting duplication and giving trusts immediate access to a wider range of OJEU compliant frameworks.


28th January 2015

Total Cardiology Solutions launch event and presentations

Trusts met on Friday 5th December for the launch of the Total Cardiology Solutions framework agreement, being developed by the NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership.

The NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership comprises the four NHS collaborative procurement hubs (NHS London Procurement Partnership, NHS Commercial Solutions, East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub and NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative).


 12th September 2014    

European Benchmarking

Alyson Brett, Chief Executive of NHS Commercial Solutions is also the President of The European Public Procurement Alliance (EHPPA). In the wake of the publication of the NHS Procurement Atlas of Variation, Alyson talks about how international networking and sharing best practice in procurement can help raise standards in the NHS.

EHPPA was set up in collaboration with French procurement colleagues some three years ago, and we now have members from ten countries across Europe. We are delighted to hear that Lord Carter recently referenced the importance of global networking in procurement. One of EHPPA’s primary objectives is to establish effective benchmarking across a range of clinical and non -clinical categories to improve the procurement performance of its members in the European market.


  9th September 2014

New Member for NHS Commercial Alliance

We are pleased that Leicester Partnership NHS Trust has become a member of the NHS Commercial Alliance and welcome them on board.

Leicester Partnership Logo

31 July 2014

Secure Data Deletion and Disposal of Redundant ICT Assets

Following a rigorous procurement process, NHS Commercial Solutions has awarded a framework agreement for the provision of services for the secure deletion of data from, and subsequent disposal of, redundant ICT assets.


18th June 2014

Orthopaedic framework

NHS hubs to collaborate on Total Orthopaedic Solutions framework agreement with 1st January 2015 go-live date

The four NHS collaborative procurement hubs (NHS Commercial Solutions, NHS London Procurement Partnership, East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub and North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative) are embarking on an ambitious and innovative project to develop, award and implement a Total Orthopaedic Solutions framework agreement.


14th May 2015    

Agency Nursing Framework Awarded

This national framework agreement commenced on 14th May 2014 and was established in collaboration with three other NHS procurement hubs to meet the need for ensuring the provision of quality temporary and permanent staff from the UK and overseas. The contract is for an initial period of two years, plus two optional one-year extension periods.


23rd April 2014

NHS Commercial Alliance to Assist Department of Health Temporary Staffing Project

In August 2013, the Department of Health launched the 'Better Procurement, Better Value, Better Care: A Procurement Development Programme for the NHS'. This aims to help Trusts deliver £1.5bn to £2bn efficiency savings by 2015/16 to help protect frontline services and put in place a set of enablers to sustain the savings for the future.


28th March 2014

Medical Locum Further Competition Awarded

NHS Commercial Solutions are pleased to announce the award of an alliance wide NHS list of preferred medical locum agencies for our member trusts to use for their medical locum requirements.


24th February 2014

Arthroscopy multi-supplier framework

Arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery used to diagnose and repair problems with the joints, or to remove fragments of loose bone or cartilage. An arthroscope - a type of endoscope - is inserted through a small incision to investigate the damage to an interior joint. The procedure is most commonly performed on the knees, but can also be used on wrists, elbows, ankles and shoulders.


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