6 August 2018

NHS Commercial Solutions partners with the UK Health Show

NHS Commercial Solutions is excited to announce our new partnership with the UK Health Show.

NHS Commercial Solutions will be exhibiting as the NHS Commercial Alliance with our hub partners. In addition, Alyson Brett, Managing Director for NHS Commercial Solutions will be Chairing the Procurement Transformation Stage at the event on the 25 September.

The UK Health Show is the UK's leading live-event platform connecting senior healthcare decision makers, influencers and buyers from across the NHS and the entire UK healthcare sector. Returning for the third year on the 25-26 September at ExCel London, the show will focus on key opportunities and challenges facing the health sector today.

Register today

The show is executed through four key industry sectors, Healthcare Technology, Cyber Security, Procurement and Commissioning; each showcasing a number of open theatres, seminar lounges, content stages, panel sessions and hundreds of industry-specific exhibitors. More
UK Health Show 2018

25 June 2018

NHS CPP Launches International Recruitment Framework Tender

NHS Commercial Solutions, in partnership with the other three NHS Procurement Hubs (East of England CPH, London Procurement Partnership and North of England CPC) have launched a tender for International Recruitment.

This framework will cover all clinical staff groups (Nurse, Doctors, AHP/HSS), with the tender closing on the 9th July 2018.

Prospective Bidders are able to access the procurement documents by registering with the Bravo Solutions Portal using the URL below:

Once registered, search for ITT code 2877 - Framework Agreement for the provision of International Healthcare Professional Recruitment and Associated Services.

All questions and queries must be made via the Bravo messaging facility, not phoning NHS Commercial Solutions.

International Recruitment

15 June 2018

NHS Commercial Solutions Supporting P4H 2018

NHS Commercial Solutions is delighted to be an official partner at P4H England 2018 – The Procurement Event for Health.  Now in its fourth year P4H England has a compelling Keynote Arena featuring the opening keynote address from Chris Holmes, Supply Chain Director at Department of Health & Social Care, Helen Lisle, Director of Procurement and Supplies, Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust and soon to be Managing Director, Collaborative Procurement Partnership LLP and James Mayne, eProcurement and Inventory Manager, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  These speakers will discuss the latest policies which impact on the roles of purchasing and commissioning within the public sector.

NHS Commercial Solutions and the East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub will be on stand 41 as the NHS Commercial Alliance.

Attendees can expect to:

  • Meet, network and engage with over 1000 key decision makers from NHS procurement
  • Visit the Procurement Transformation Programme Pavilion that will provide visitors with a unique opportunity to engage with key representatives from the Procurement Transformation Programme, including personnel from the 11 Procurement Category Towers
  • Attend the four distinct skills development training zones enhancing your overall knowledge, collaborate and share best practice, in order to meet today’s ongoing efficiency objectives
  • Hear from leading experts in the Keynote Arena who will discuss the latest policies which impact on the roles of purchasing and commissioning within the public sector
  • Visit the 90+ suppliers in the Product Showcase

To register for your space please click the links below;

Free Ticket - Public Sector

Free Ticket - Private Sector


27 March 2018

NHS Commercial Solutions’ Team a finalist for the Go Awards 2018/19

We are pleased to announce that our organisation is a finalist for the GO Procurement Team of the Year Award: Health and Social Care Organisations category.

Alyson Brett, Chief Executive, NHS Commercial Solutions, “2017-18 has been a challenging and transformational year for NHS Commercial Solutions. Our submission highlighted our team approach, and described how the whole NHSCS team worked together to achieve our organisation’s goals. I am delighted that we have been shortlisted for this award.”

The winners will be announced at the UK National GO Awards 2018/19 Award Ceremony on the 24 April 2018 at the Hilton Deansgate Hotel in Manchester.

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14th March 2018 Source:

DH FOM Supplier Newsletter

NHS suppliers play a key role in the new operating model for the NHS Supply Chain Service. The purpose of the newsletter is to ensure all suppliers are engaged, informed and communicated with over the development of the new NHS Supply Chain, particularly as the programme moves towards full implementation in October 2018.

Read the latest newsletter here

As part of the on-going commitment to ‘two-way’ communication, suppliers are invited to help shape the content of this newsletter by emailing the FOM mailbox with what they would like to see.

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12 December 2017

NHS Commercial Solutions Highly Commended for Continence Home Delivery Service

NHS Commercial Solutions has been highly commended at the 2017 HCSA Awards for its work on a regional Continence Home delivery service. NHS Commercial Solutions used the opportunity to bring a broad cohort of organisations together to standardise a specification, rationalise suppliers and products and deliver commitment. Continence home delivery is a complex procurement area as clients require a discreet and confidential total service, with suppliers needing to provide clinical support, patient support, supporting IT information and a home delivery service. Working with six community providers and CCG’s, the procurement exercise led by NHS Commercial Solutions, was able to award a compliant contract that delivered cash releasing savings,  as well as assuring clients that products matched their needs and were of the quality standard required.  

Being highly commended recognises the high standard of work completed by NHS Commercial Solutions on behalf of its customers to deliver upon the recommendations made by Carter, and the broader DH Procurement Transformation Programme.

If you would like to access this contract or find out further information, please contact John Tyrell.


Highly Commended HCSA

8th November 2017

DH awards Medical and Surgical ‘Category Towers’ to NHS-owned Collaborative Procurement Partnership LLP

The Department of Health has awarded a three-year contract to run three of the Medical Category Towers in the new ‘Future Operating Model’ for NHS procurement to Collaborative Procurement Partnership LLP.

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13 October 2017

NHS Commercial Solutions receives four nominations for prestigious HCSA Awards

NHS Commercial Solutions is pleased to have been shortlisted for four projects in the HCSA (the Health Care Supplies Association), awards announced on the 10th October 2017. NHS Commercial Solutions also received an additional shortlisting for the Clinical Staffing Framework project submission as part the NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership.

Alyson Brett, Managing Director, NHS Commercial Solutions stated, “This is a great achievement for our staff and the work we do for our members. We are delighted to have been recognised by HCSA for our work in the NHS.”

The HCSA conference runs from the 29th to 30th November 2017 .

In the HCSA Best Process / Procurement Initiative or Improvement Award category, NHS Commercial Solutions was shortlisted for the following;

  • Continence Home Delivery

  • Delivering innovation in patient and non-patient messaging services

  • Mental Health and Community Services

  • Clinical Staffing - NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership

In the HCSA Improving Value Through Innovation award category, NHS Commercial Solutions was shortlisted for the following;

  • Managed Equipment Services

If you would like further information on any of our frameworks or procurement services please contact Andrew Rouse 01306646809.


21st September 17

Last Few Days to Register - Meet the European Buyer Event 28-29 September

EHPPA Days 2017

European forum for procurement of healthcare innovation

28th & 29th September in Centre Etoile Saint Honoré, 21-25 rue Balzac - 75008 Paris

Last few days remaining to register and plan your meetings for the 28th and 29th September!

More than 100 registered on the B2B platform of the EHPPA Days 2017:

  • 40 Public procurers 
  • 50+ Suppliers                 
  • 20+ Experts from Chamber of Commerce

In total, 20 countries will be represented during the event.

The event is divided in two parts:

  • A conference on public procurement in the Healthcare sector in Europe and the different actions and policies to encourage innovation, animated by the Central Purchasing Bodies member of EHPPA and 2 experts from the European Commission.

  • B2B meetings

    During one and half day, the suppliers will have the possibility to organise individual meetings with the public procurers of their choice, other suppliers or the experts from the Chamber of Commerce 

Public Procurers attending the event:



University Hospital Cologne





Health ministry of Croatia


Servicio Andaluz de Salud

Hospital Universitario Reina Sofia

IMIBIC et Servicio Murciano de Salud


Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District


GIP Resah

United Kingdom

NHS Commercial Solutions



Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVe)

Fare Regione Veneto

Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia


Central Purchasing Body of Lithuania (CPO LT – LATVIA)




Sykehusinnkjop HF


University Medical Center Utrecht


University hospital of Lublin


Serviços Partilhados do Ministério da Saúde, EPE


County Council of Uppsala



Special offer

Our partners TendersPage, international leader for the detection of public tenders, offers all the attendees of the EHPPA Days 2017 free access for 3 months to its platform, valued at 1 500 €.

Objectives of the event?

The purpose of the event is to offer suppliers an opportunity to meet Healthcare public procurers to present their products, services and innovative solutions to the European market. In addition there will be an opportunity to network and learn about purchasing practice, process and routes to market.

Who should attend??

Start-ups, SMEs, middle-market companies, English and European suppliers offering innovative solutions in every branch of the Healthcare sector: pharmacy, pathology, biomedical engineering, patient management, medical equipment, biotech, e-health & digital support, accommodation, infrastructure & technical services, energy & sustainable development, telecommunication & IT services...


If you have any question about the event or the EHPPA association, please do not hesitate to contact Kerry Botes

EHPPA Days 2017

14th September 2017

NEWS ALERT for Suppliers: Meet the European Buyer Event


On the 28th & 29th September, CCI France International and EHPPA will hold the “EHPPA Days 2017”, a European Forum for the Procurement of Health Innovation, at the Centre Etoile Saint Honoré in Paris.

Objective of this event

To put Healthcare public buyers (Central purchasing bodies, hospitals…) in touch with innovative French and European suppliers, as well as obtaining information on the different purchasing practices of each European country.


  • B2B meetings: buyers and suppliers will meet up for 30min individual meetings;
  • Plenary conference on public purchasing in Europe;
  • Technical workshops and workshops by country;
  • Networking sessions for participants to share their experiences.

Who should attend?

Start-ups, SMEs, middle-market companies, French and European suppliers offering innovative solutions in every branch of the Healthcare sector: pharmacy, pathology, biomedical engineering, patient management, medical equipment, biotech, e-health & digital support, accommodation, infrastructure & technical services, energy & sustainable development, telecommunication & IT services...

Key figures

  • 20 countries
  • 60 European buyers
  • 250 participants expected

This event is organised by CCI France International and EHPPA, in partnership with RESAH (Réseau des Acheteurs Hospitaliers français) and the French Chambers of Commerce in France and abroad.

Registration and information:

EHPPA Days 2017


NHSCS exhibiting at the NHS estate and operational productivity: one-day event

NHS Commercial Solutions is proud to be exhibiting at this Kings Fund event;

Maximising the value of the NHS estate and back-office systems: making the best use of available resources

The King's Fund, London W1G 0AN

Thu 28 September, 2017


This one-day event will look at how NHS acute, mental and community trusts can develop and implement estates and operational productivity strategies to support the transformation of services set out in the NHS five year forward view

Sir Robert Naylor – Chair of the review into NHS property and estates, NHS property and estates: why the estate matters for patients

Simon Corben - Director and Head of Profession NHS Estates and Facilities, NHS Improvement

Paul West - Director of Procurement and Corporate Services, NHS Improvement

As exhibitors, NHSCS can provide members with 20% discounted tickets please contact Kerry Botes 01306646822 to be emailed a link for booking.

Kings Fund Estates 2017

15th August 2017

HCSA Conference 29-30th November 2017

 1st HCSA One-Day Future Leaders' Conference 30th November, Harrogate International Centre, HG1 5LA

NHS procurement has been the focus of much attention at a national level during 2016/17. In February 2016, we received the eagerly awaited final report from Lord Carter of Coles – Operational productivity and performance in English NHS Hospitals. Lord Carter’s recommendations encouraged greater collaboration between Trusts and its partners at the highest and widest levels.

There is some excellent work being delivered in the NHS, much of it through collaboration between NHS organisations, but also with its suppliers so this year’s HCSA Conference, Stronger Together, provides a great opportunity to share the good work that is going on. The conference will include the 1st HCSA One-Day Future Leaders' Conference being held on Thursday 30th November.

NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (NHS CPP) is proud to be sponsoring the Future Leaders' Conference, supporting the future of NHS procurement.

The event will incorporate dedicated sessions to provide delegates with an understanding of the current NHS Procurement Landscape and to provide them with advice and guidance around the tools required to provide a good procurement service for our patients. Workshops include – The Art of Negotiation; The Importance of a Robust Specification; An update on the Public Contract Regulations; An Update on the Future Operating Model; Big Data and the Systems that Support Us and more…

Helen Lisle is leading the event and said she is "delighted that CPP is able to support and participate during the day. It is so very important that we consider the future of procurement and ensure that we have the correctly skilled and motivated staff within NHS Procurement”.

More information and booking details can be found at:

HCSA 2017

17th July 2017

Join us at the UK Health Show 2017

 We are delighted to be supporting Procurement in Healthcare as part of the UK Health Show in 2017.

We would love to have the chance to meet with you at the show – the UKHS is free to attend for those working within the NHS, the wider public sector or the third sector and primary care professionals. Book your places here.

Procurement in Healthcare connects the NHS with partners and suppliers as it seeks to leverage its purchasing power to achieve the best value of goods and services. Key themes on the agenda this year include:

  • Design, development and delivery of the Future Operating Model (FOM)
  • The Carter Review and NHS Procurement Transformation
  • Combining resources in the procurement of common goods and services
  • Finance and Efficiency
  • Enforcing clinically led category management and evaluation at a national level
  • eProcurement & eCommerce
  • NHS Standards of Procurement – benefits of accreditation

If you supply products or services to the NHS and healthcare sector and would still like to attend the show, please contact to find out more about our exhibition and sponsorship opportunities.

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23rd June 2017

Join us at the P4H conference 2017

As an official partner and exhibitor at the forthcoming P4H 2017 event, NHS Commercial Solutions are pleased to invite you to book your complimentary place to this year’s forthcoming event, which is taking place at the Birmingham NEC, 13 July.

With an anticipated audience of over 1000 key decision makers, this year’s event will host a range of features, including;

NHS Commercial Solutions will be presenting a number of sessions throughout the day and exhibiting on stand number 46, therefore we look forward to seeing you at the event.

To book your complimentary place, please click here

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10 April 2017

NHSCS Procurement Leaders Conference


On the 27th April, NHS Commercial Solutions are holding a Procurement Leaders Conference for members and invited guests.  This will be a fantastic opportunity for Trust executives, directors, management, procurement, finance and clinical leaders to meet as a region to discuss how we can contribute to the national programmes for efficiency and productivity, as well as system wide collaboration programmes such as Sustainability and Transformation Plans.

Speakers Include:

Professor Tim Briggs, National Director of Clinical Quality and Efficiency, NHS Improvement

Lyn McIntyre MBE, Mental Health Senior Advisor, NHS Improvement

Michael Ridgwell, Programme Director, Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Plan

Alyson Brett, Managing Director, NHS Commercial Solutions

Conference Chair:

Graham Wareham, Chief Financial Officer, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

For further information and a link to book your place please contact Kerry Botes

27 April conference

22 February 2017

NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership working to deliver best practice in NHS procurement

Following the success of the first three collaborative frameworks created for the NHS (Total Orthopaedic Solutions, Total Cardiology Solutions, and the National Clinical Staffing framework) the NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (NHS CPP) is due to launch four more frameworks in 2017.

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14 February 2017

Managed Equipment Services framework is  shortlisted for Go Awards 2017/18

NHS Commercial Solutions is pleased to announce that our Managed Equipment Services Framework has been shortlisted in the 2017/18 Go Awards: GO  Procurement Innovation / Initiative of the Year Award – Buyer – Health category.

The winners will be announced at the GO Awards ceremony at Procurex England North 2017 in Manchester on Tuesday 21st March.

The Managed Equipment Services Framework for Diagnostic Imaging, Radiotherapy and Cardiology equipment is a new innovative framework that offers NHS trusts procurement expertise along with legal consultancy to enable complex and high value contracts to be awarded. This framework is unique as it has specialised call off terms and conditions that providers on the framework have already signed up to, benefitting both trusts and providers.

This framework enables successful and VAT exempt contracts to be awarded, whilst saving duplication and further legal costs for the awarding authority.  

For further information on this framework please contact Philip Spicer

Go Awards 2017 shortlist

16 January 2017

National Ambulance Uniform Project Shortlisted for HSJ Award


A major national project which has created the first ever standardised uniform for use by UK Ambulance Trusts has been shortlisted for an HSJ Value in Healthcare Award.

It is a finalist in the Improving value through Innovative Financial Management or Procurement Category.

The procurement project, which was delivered by the NHS Commercial Alliance and the National Ambulance Procurement Group, will save Ambulance Trusts the cost of more than an entire year’s expenditure on uniform items (equivalent to around 165,000 garments per annum) over just four years - the equivalent of funding approximately 100 paramedics.

National Ambulance Procurement Delivery Manager at the NHS Commercial Alliance, James Richards, who managed the project said: “We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious HSJ award, which is a testament to the hard work put in by all the Ambulance Trusts to deliver this framework, which will lead to multi-million pound savings as well as operating efficiencies.”

For more information about the project, click here.

The HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards will be announced in May 2017 at a gala dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

HSH Shortlist 2017

13th January 2017  

First ever National Ambulance uniform to save NHS £3.4m


A landmark project which has created the first ever standardised uniform for use by UK Ambulance Trusts is set to deliver £3.4million in savings for the NHS.

The project will save Ambulance Trusts the cost of more than an entire year’s expenditure on uniform items (equivalent to around 165,000 garments per annum) over just four years - the equivalent of funding approximately 100 paramedics.

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19 December 2016

NHS National Clinical Staffing Framework

NHS National Clinical Staffing Framework: comprehensive and free to access framework to meet all clinical staffing needs

The NHS now has access, at no charge, to the first National Clinical Staffing framework, supporting compliance with NHS Improvement’s caps on agency staffing pay and charge rates – a major boon to NHS teams fighting to control spiralling agency staffing costs.

Developed by the NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership, the framework gives NHS organisations access to agencies which have been fully and independently audited, and which met the criteria for the cost-effective supply of quality staff. In addition, it facilitates the recruitment of staff to permanent positions.

The four NHS collaborative procurement hubs - NHS Commercial Solutions, NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative, East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub and NHS London Procurement Partnership – have once again worked together under the umbrella of NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (‘CPP’) to provide a national, not-for-profit solution to this major challenge for the NHS.

For more information please contact

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12 September 2016  

Procurement In Healthcare

With preparations well under way, we would like to invite you to join us at the Procurement in Healthcare show (PiH), taking place on September 28th at Olympia London where we will be exhibiting at stand P230.

Free to attend, this event as part of the UK Health Show, is a great opportunity to meet and discuss your future needs while taking in over 65 hours of CPD-accredited content from a host of expert speakers and key government decision makers.

Alyson Brett, Chief Executive Officer, NHS Commercial Solutions will be speaking at this event.

We highly recommend that you register yourself and any colleagues who wish to attend soon, as places are filling up fast.

To find out more about the show visit the website:

Don’t forget to come and visit us at stand P230!

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02 September 2016

Staffing Framework Approved by NHS Improvement

We are pleased to inform our customers that our National Clinical Staffing Framework has been approved by NHS Improvement. This information has been published on their website.

For further information on the framework, please visit our webpage.

National Clinical Staffing

Source: NHE Magazine Jul/Aug 16

Benchmarking what good looks like

Lord Carter of Coles discusses the findings of his recent review, the work of NHS Improvement (NHSI) and the importance of benchmarking. David Stevenson reports.

“Good people, given good data, usually do good things”, according to Lord Carter of Coles. So the question, he asks, is what does good look like? 

Speaking at The Commissioning Show, co-located with Health+Care, the procurement tsar gave a brief run-through of his recent review, which suggests that acute hospitals could save up to £5bn a year by 2019-20 through efficiency measures (covered in the March/April issue of NHE).

One of his recommendations was that NHSI should develop the much talked about in the media ‘Model Hospital’ and the underlying metrics, to identify what good looks like, so that there is one source of data, benchmarks and good practice. 

He cites, for instance, that patient-level information and costing systems (PLICS) are important for consistent costing and creating common metrics, including the adjusted treatment cost (ATC) and total cost per weighted average unit (WAU). 

“Every hospital is different, everybody has different needs, we know that,” said Lord Carter. “But what you see when you unpack the data is that many things are the same. One of the great things about the NHS is that we have a lot of data; one of the problems is that we haven’t used it very well yet. But it is there.” 

He noted that his report found, as we are all now aware, “significant unwarranted variation” across all of the main resource areas. 

“The major problem of delayed discharges, everyone knows about it,” he said. “But what we’ve failed to do is anything about it. You do get the sense that it is one of those issues: it is like the famous dog watching television, everybody can see it but nobody gets it. 

“That’s the problem. Many hospitals we went into we thought it was a cost problem, but what we actually found was that it was a revenue problem.” 

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30 August 2016

New contract for innovative falls detection and prevention


A new European-wide contract for falls prevention and rehabilitation products and services has been awarded in the following lots;

  • Lot 1: Fall detection and alert system
    The French SME C2S with its innovative fall detection and alert system called VAC
  • Lot 2: Treadmill for rehabilitation and analysis of walking disorders
    The Dutch company Forcelink with its IT Treadmill called C-MILL
  • Lot 3: Walking course for preventing falls and maintaining independence
    The French SME Alter Eco Santé with its innovative walking course developed in collaboration with experts and specialists of fall prevention.

NHS Commercial Solutions is part of a consortium for the Healthy Ageing - Public Procurement of Innovation (HAPPI). If you are interested in any of the above contracts for your organisation, please contact Jane Harrison


1 August 2016

Total Orthopaedic Solutions gets animated!


In recognition of Total Orthopaedic Solutions award winning success and momentous £18.1m savings to date, a short animated video has been compiled to provide an overview of the framework, the benefits and share the success of this unique project.

The framework

Winner of a HSJ Value in Healthcare Procurement award, Total Orthopaedic Solutions is a game changer, designed to provide a national structure to pricing and a strategic platform for trusts to rationalise their supply base. 

Total Orthopaedic Solutions is the second project delivered by the NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (NHS CPP) comprising NHS Commercial Solutions, NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOE CPC), NHS London Procurement Partnership, and the East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub. Since the launch of Total Orthopaedic Solutions last year, NHS CPP has recorded over £18M of cash releasing savings for 73 NHS Trusts. Over a four year contract period, this equates to a massive saving of £72M for the NHS.

Unique in its clinical, surgical and supplier engagement, 50% of NHS trusts in England have already adopted Total Orthopaedic Solutions. It is revolutionising orthopaedic procurement and worthy of such proclamation with this unique animated overview of all it offers.

Senior Clinical Procurement Specialist for Orthopaedics, Khalid Shihadah often enthuses on the subject of this clinically led, supplier engaged, unique project and we felt it was time to literally get him animated. The final outcome is this brilliantly engaging short film, please click here to view it or visit


22 June 2016

Recruitment Agencies Supplying International Staff Invited to 6th July Engagement Meeting


Recruitment agencies who supply healthcare professionals from overseas are invited to attend a pre-market supplier engagement event to be held in London on 6th July.

The meeting will help shape a future framework being developed by the NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership to assist NHS Trusts in recruiting doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists and other staff internationally.

To register to attend the meeting, click here


14 June 2016

Patient Questionnaire Framework Expires 21June 2016 - Extension Avaliable

Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMS)

NHS England has recently written to all NHS providers regarding 2016/17 and beyond,  and the NHS Standard Contract Requirement for all providers of NHS-funded hip replacements, knee replacements, varicose vein surgery and groin hernia procedures to collect and submit PROMs data to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).   

As part of the contracts between CCGs and independent or NHS providers, it has been a requirement that all NHS providers must use the Patient Questionnaire Framework (PQF) to procure collection of PROMS data from an accredited supplier, who then complies with Health and Social Care Information Centre requirements to be able to submit the PROMs data.

The current PQF is due to expire on 21 June 2016. However, contracts, or contract extensions, for the collection of PROMS data after this date, can still be awarded under the terms of the existing framework provided that the contract is awarded before the framework expires - i.e. by 21 June 2016 at the latest. So, it is possible to negotiate and procure a contract for 2016/17 PROMS data collections, provided it is awarded by 21 June 2016.

Alternatively, if a NHS Provider does not wish to extend their current contract under the PQF and/or once the PQF has expired, NHS England has worked with the North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative to provide an alternative framework option for procuring a new PROMS contract. 

All the information regarding this new framework can be accessed by contacting Phil Spicer.


15 April 2016

Pathology Procurement Partnership In Action

A new contract, worth £18 million, will provide East Sussex healthcare NHS trust with some of the most advanced Pathology diagnostic equipment available on the market.

 Frances O’Grady, Project manager from NHS Commercial Solutions has been responsible for the procurement of a new £18 million Pathology contract. The tender for this contract involved collaborative work between the expertise of NHS Commercial Solutions, East Sussex Healthcare NHS trust and provider Roche Diagnostics Ltd.

 With an estimated 70 to 80% of all healthcare diagnoses and decisions being directly influenced by pathology test results, this agreement will have a significant positive impact on pathology reporting which will help to ensure the provision of a better service to patients in the East Sussex area.

 Richard Sunley, Acting Chief Executive at East Sussex said “I am delighted to be signing the contract for this exciting partnership with Roche Diagnostics. The clinical services we provide rely on our pathology department for a fast and effective service for the rapid and reliable diagnosis of patients in our hospitals and within the local community. Our current laboratory service is hampered by very old equipment, most of which needs replacing. This new contract means we will update our laboratories with the latest state-of-the-art equipment which will also have a positive impact on the working environment of our staff.”

 This is a significant success for patients and staff, continuing the drive of NHS Commercial Solutions to work with our partners to improve health outcomes in the South East.

*Note: Quotes and Statistics have been taken from an East Sussex Healthcare NHS trust media release.


24 March 2016

Falls Prevention and Rehabilitation Conference- Register Now

NHS Commercial Solutions are pleased to invite you to our Innovation and Technology- Falls Prevention and Rehabilitation Conference on Tuesday, 10 May 2016. This event is free to attend and will take place at St. Thomas’ Hospital in Central London.

This year NHS Commercial Solutions is hosting a conference to bring together innovators and experts from across Europe in falls prevention and rehabilitation. This is an opportunity to discuss latest developments and innovative solutions.

Approximately a third of all people aged over 65 fall each year (which is equivalent to over 3 million)*. A falls prevention strategy could reduce the number of falls by 15-30%*; however innovative technology to help detect falls and prevent them, could reduce this even further.

This conference will feature products which have been procured for innovation and are available on a European-wide contract which will be demonstrated.  Keynote speeches will be given by influential leaders working across European Health.

To find out more about this exciting free event click on the link below to be directed to the event page. Please remember to click the register button to confirm your attendance. We look forward to seeing you there.


10 March 2016

Total Cardiology Solutions Framework Go Awards Achievement


The Total Cardiology Solutions Framework has been highly commended in the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards National 2016/2017. The ceremony was held on the 8th March in Manchester and representatives from the NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (CPP) team were there to collect the award. The CPP is a partnership between the North of England NHS Commercial Procurement Collaborative, NHS Commercial Solutions, NHS London Procurement Partnership and the East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub.

Nicco Varela, representative from the CPP said, “We get to work with a team who all bring something different to the table, so seeing the team recognised is brilliant.”

Congratulations to the CPP Total Cardiology Solutions team on all your hard work we are proud of you.

The Total Cardiology Solutions project (TCS) created a framework agreement which is helping to resolve many of the issues in cardiology procurement – the biggest NHS non-pay area of expenditure. It went live in April 2015. This is a collaborative national project conducted for the NHS, by the NHS. 

Go Awards 2016

08 March 2016

CPP Clinical Staffing Framework ITT Released

We are pleased to announce that the CPP Clinical Staffing Framework was released on 7th March 2016. This framework will encompass all clinical staffing groups (Nursing, Medical Locums, AHP and emergency workers) and will be nationwide in coverage. This framework is also the first to be launched since the introduction of Monitor agency rules and caps.

Anticipated Benefits

  • Allows NHS Trusts a simple fully EU compliant route to market for all clinical staffing groups.

  • Monitor compliance. This framework has been created in consultation with Monitor, in order to support the agency pricing cap rules which came into effect November 2015. Using this framework ensures that your organisation is compliant with current Monitor regulations and is future-proofed to take into account any further agency price regulations.

  • All Suppliers will be audited in order to be awarded a place on the framework. Regular audits will also be carried out throughout the lifetime of the framework to ensure compliance to NHS Employers standards.

  • The Framework  allows  flexibility for customers to directly call off from the Framework, or re-open competition by running a further competition, removing the need for customers to conduct full tender exercises or lengthy supplier evaluations, saving both the time and cost associated with procurement exercises.

  • Prices are fixed for the lifetime of the framework, maximising value for money, for the Initial Term and thereafter may only be revised by agreement in writing with the Framework Authority


If you use regular suppliers who are not currently on a framework, then please encourage them to partake in this exercise. Monitor rules do not allow trusts to use non framework agencies. This is a big opportunity for current non framework suppliers to be accredited for NHS use.

Applying for the Framework

The ITT will be open between 7th March and 20th April 2016. No responses will be accepted after this time.

Suppliers, if you would like to join this exercise then please register using the link below and follow all instructions:


Telephone: 0845 293 0459 (lines open from 08:30am to 17:30pm Monday to Friday, excluding English public holidays)


05 February 2016-

Lord Carter Review

 Lord Carter of Coles’ final report sets out how non-specialist acute trusts can reduce unwarranted variation in productivity and efficiency across every area in the hospital to save the NHS £5 billion each year by 2020 to 2021.

The final report builds on the findings of the interim report and sets out further findings of variation across 32 non-specialist acute trusts.

Lord Carter has been appointed as a non-executive director at NHS Improvement and will continue to input into the implementation of his recommendations. To view the report click here.

Lord Carter Review

 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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