Published date: 1 December 2021

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: 31 December 2021, 12pm

Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract


Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

1 December 2021

Closing date

31 December 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

17 January 2022

Contract end date

30 June 2022

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type


Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



Health Education England (HEE - the Commissioner) are putting out this notice as a PIN (Prior Information Notice) with a view to completing a Direct Award.

Please note the contracting authority intends to direct award the contract to The Royal College of Podiatry (RCOP). The case for direct award can be found on the tender portal.

The purpose of this contract is as follows:
• Work with the National AHP programme, HEE Education Funding Reform Programme, the profession and wider stakeholders to build the Uni and Multi professional AHP Narrative to illustrate the knowledge, skills, and attributes of the 21st Century professional.
• Undertake a wide-ranging consultation with members, non-members, and wider stakeholders as to the knowledge, skills, and attributes of the 21st century professional and seeing this embedded across all relevant agendas, including the pre-registration curricula, where this work has been undertaken already to support the prioritised implementation of this work.
• Undertake a range of professional body driven activities focused in the NHS and social care to optimise workforce supply and workforce retention

HEE considers that it is highly unlikely for any other supplier to be able to provide the expertise provided by the RCOP as a current supplier for the following reasons:
• As the foremost professional body for the podiatry profession, representing the majority of registered and NHS podiatrists, the RCOP is in a unique position to access necessary expertise, engage with stakeholders and deliver the required work in a way which will meet quality expectations and command the confidence of sector stakeholders.
• The RCOP has a track record of constructive engagement with activities to develop the profession including an active role in developing education and practice for the podiatry and podiatry support workforce and engagement with public bodies including NHS England, Public Health England and HEE.
• As a professional body with a large membership, the RCOP has access to the data, intelligence, contacts and networks essential to successfully delivering the required work which could not be readily accessed by other suppliers.

The financial envelope for the contract is £230,000.00

For the Specification, Contract and the Case for Direct Award please access the portal at:
Please access the portal for all documents.

All communications should be made via the messaging function on the Health Family eTendering portal.

If any provider has concerns with the commissioning intentions outlined within the published documentation, please raise this via the eTendering Portal in the first instance within 30 days of the date of this Prior Information Notice.

The closing date of this PIN is midday on Friday, 31st December 2021

About the buyer

Contact name

Leila Hodson


Duncombe Street