Procurement and Contracting

Competition, Procurement, Patient Choice and Contracting

The CCG procures services from a range of providers. Contracts vary from small one-off purchases for goods to large works or services.

When procuring services we ensure fair opportunity, competition and value for money. We follow public procurement regulations and guidelines when determining the form of procurement and our approach. We follow the latest guidance is from the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. The regulations mean we will not favour providers simply because they are already in contract with us, an NHS organisation, located in our area, or employing local people.

The forms of procurements used by the CCG vary depending on the nature of the product or service being procured but can include Any Qualified Provider competitive and non-competitive tendering.

Any Qualified provider

Any Qualified Provider (AQP) is a work programme that will enable the Government to fulfil its commitment to increase choice and personalisation in NHS funded services for patients and the public. AQP is being implemented following a national listening exercise to consider which health services would benefit from having increased choice.  Service providers can apply to be a specific AQP service based on quality not price.

Patients referred to the new AQP services will be able to choose from a list of ‘qualified’ providers who meet agreed service quality requirements.

AQP Aims and Objectives

The strategic aims of AQP are to:

  • Increase choice and access of health service providers for patients.

  • Improve quality and outcomes of health services.

  • Drive innovation and efficiency of health services.

Patients referred to the new services made available under AQP will be able to choose from a list of ‘qualified’ providers who meet agreed service quality requirements, through a locally agreed specification.

Recently Procured Services

Within the last few months the following services have been procured throughout Lincolnshire Localities.

  • AQP Non Obstetric Ultrasound Services,
  • AQP Musculoskeletal Services

  • AQP GOS 18 Services,

  • Wheelchair Services,

  • Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Service

  • Market Engagement Events

For most large procurement exercises we hold market engagement events, which are advertised on this website & Contracts Finder.

A history of procurements undertaken and awarded contracts can be found in the Procurement Register here on this webpage.

Procurement Register

A history of procurements undertaken and awarded contracts can be found here:

Download South Lincolnshire CCG’s procurement register

Contract Award notices are also published via OJEU, TED and Contracts Finder.

Contracts Finder

Contracts Finder is used by NHS Arden & Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit, on behalf of the local Clinical Commissioning Groups (and other Healthcare organisations for whom work may be undertaken) to advertise procurements, PINs (prior information notices), market engagement events and activities, or to otherwise share, or seek, necessary information from the provider market.

In order to receive alerts about providing health related services to any part of the NHS, or joint commissioning services which would affect other Government bodies or organisations, for example, Local Authorities, you will need to register on Contracts Finder at https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder

eTender Portals

NHS Arden & Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit uses the eTender portals for procurements and tenders. Opportunities listed through OJEU notices, TED, and Contracts Finder will contain a reference directing and sign posting to the site being used to receive quotes, tender responses, and competitive bid submissions.

To view these opportunities you will need to register and then search via PQQs or ITTs visible to all suppliers' (dependant on type of procurement sought after).

There is a guide to help you to register and navigate your way around ePortals and support helpdesk telephone numbers which can be found on the website home and login pages. The helpdesks are usually available Monday-Friday 8am-6pm GMT.

Please note that any questions relating to a live Procurement process must asked within the portal through the messaging facility.

Current Opportunities

Please register and check Contracts Finder regularly as any opportunities will be posted publically.

Opportunities are usually open to all providers who are interested and applications are welcome from any organisations, partnerships or consortia.

For more details please contact the NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands Procurement team on 01522 513355 or by mail at: NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands Procurement Team, Cross O Cliff Court, London Road, Bracebridge Heath, Lincolnshire, LN4 2HN.