Published date: 11 October 2018

Last edited date: 11 October 2018

Closed future opportunity - This means that a potential contract has passed its approach to market date. A buyer can choose to consider any supplier interest or convert this notice into an opportunity ready for live procurement.

Approach to market date: 15 November 2018

Contract summary


  • Health and social work services - 85000000

Location of contract

North East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, London, South East, South West

Value of contract


Procurement reference

Bravo Project Ref - project_972 - NHS England - Laboratory services to support the delivery of the H

Published date

11 October 2018

Approach to market date

15 November 2018

Contract start date

1 July 2019

Contract end date

30 June 2024

Procedure type

Open procedure (above threshold)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

This procedure can be used for procurements above the relevant contract value threshold.

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



Contract duration: 5 years + (one 2 years extension possible subject to annual reviews) = 7 years

Contract value:

The Commissioner(s) are commissioning the service described within below sections for the first time. As a result, for now the Commissioners are not able to confirm the annual agreement value for the service provision resultant of this procurement.

Contract commencement date:
As a result of this procurement exercise an agreement will be established with the successful Bidder(s) for a period of 5 years with the Commissioner having the option to extend the Contract once for a further 2 years.

It is anticipated that contracts resultant from this procurement will commence from 1st July 2019 with a view that laboratory service providers will ensure full geographical coverage of HPV primary screening within the NHS Cervical Screening Programme is achieved by December 2019. However, successful Provider(s) will have the opportunity to mobilise services from the date of contract award with full geographical coverage of HPV primary screening within the NHS Cervical Screening Programme required across the eligible population within each Lot by December 2019.

Description of the procurement opportunity:

NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands CSU (AGCSU) on behalf of NHS England (the Commissioner) invites expressions of interest (EOI) from suitably qualified healthcare service providers including third sector organisations, social enterprises and other providers to provide laboratory services to support the delivery of the HPV primary screening pathway within the NHS Cervical Cancer Screening Programme (NHSCSP).

The service provision will cater for eligible women within the age range of 25 to 64 years. Albeit limited in number, the service provision will also cover some women aged 241/2 and over 65 years of age.

For further information regarding this procurement, please see the documents attached with this notice.

More information

Spend profile

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Financial year Budget
2019/2020 £0



Additional text

Potential bidders are advised to note that the project team is still in process of finalising the footprints/geographical areas and therefore unfortunately we are not able to share information pertaining to that subject. Full details regarding the footprints will be provided within the Invitation To Tender (ITT) documents. We are hoping that ITT will be published during the November 2018.

About the buyer

Contact name

Divyang Jagiwala


St John's House,30 East Street