Published date: 14 October 2016

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 4 November 2016

Contract summary


  • Health and social work services - 85000000

Location of contract

South East

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

14 October 2016

Closing date

4 November 2016

Contract start date

1 April 2017

Contract end date

31 March 2019

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Not specified

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



In 2016/17 NHS England set out their approach to ensure that prescribed specialised services are commissioned from the most capable providers through a rolling Strategic Service Review Programme with priorities published in commissioning intentions.

From service reviews and from locally led change through sustainability and transformation plans, we expect there to be more networks of specialist providers and re-shaping supply models and contracting approaches to integrate care around patients.

Service reviews will also provide an opportunity for providers to propose sustainable solutions in line with clinically developed requirements. Service review implementation will also enable new payment approaches in order to incentivise improvement in care quality and patient experience.

Where the relationship between quality, value and patient volumes is strong we expect there to be consolidation of some services as a consequence of undertaking reviews.
NHS England will continue to undertake reviews using a structured programme methodology with provider selection carried out in an open and transparent way. There are already a number of services out for procurement at this time.

NHS England South East Commissioning Hub is signalling their intent to:
• award whole contracts for 2017-2019 using the NHS Standard Contract to the incumbent providers without further publication, unless; expressions of interest are received from alternative economic operators
• explore the opportunities for longer than 2 year contracts where this affords opportunities for significant improvements in service quality and efficiency facilitated by using the NHS Standard Contract option to extend the term for up to two years

The closing date for expressions of interest is 5pm on Friday 4th November 2016.

Economic operators should express interest in writing to:
During this contract period, where services may be subject to further procurement as a result of the rolling Strategic Service Review Programme, procurements will be published appropriately.

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to access the Opportunity Listing and all further details.

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About the buyer


NHS E South East
York House, 18-22 Massetts Road