The NHS owned procurement hubs and the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) are working together again to create a NEW NHS International Recruitment Framework Agreement for healthcare professionals:doctors, dentists, nurses, Allied Health Professionals (AHP's), social workers, pastoral and OSCE support.
The estimated total contract value is £150 million and the number of suppliers awarded to the framework is unlimited!
Want to find out more about this tender? Read on.
What is the tender for?
NHS Commercial Solutions, in collaboration with its NHS Workforce Alliance partners, is seeking to procure, through a framework agreement, a panel of suitably experienced and qualified suppliers of International Healthcare Professional Recruitment and Associated services to provide expert guidance to NHS and other public sector organisations.
There are 5 contracts up for grabs:
Contract 1: International Nursing and Midwifery Contract 2: International Doctors and Dentists Contract 3: International AHPs including Social Workers Contract 4: International OSCE Training Support Services Contract 5: International Candidate Pastoral Support
All contracts will be awarded separately.
How much are the contracts worth?
The estimated total contracts value is £150m including pass-through costs.
Is this a good framework to be on?
This is the only framework you will ever need to be on if you want to supply international healthcare workers to the NHS.
Do I have to bid on all 5 contracts?
No, you can bid on as few or many as you like.
When does the tender close?
The estimated tender closing date is the 30th September 2022.
When will the contract start?
Estimated contract award is April 2023
Are framework places limited?
No, all suppliers who meet the minimum evaluation criteria will be awarded a contract.
Who will use the new contract?
All members of the:
NHS Commercial Solutions (NHSCS) East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub (EOECPH)NHS London Procurement Partnership (LPP) NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOECPC) Crown Commercial Service (CCS) And all public sector organisations in the UK.
This framework aims to provide a holistic approach to the International Recruitment journey, and the range of services and support requirements needed at the various stages of the process, to enable Participating Authorities to obtain recruitment and retention support of its overseas candidates.
How long will the contract last?
The initial duration of the Framework is 2 years, with an option to extend up to a maximum of a further 2 years.Contracts can be extended by varying durations.
What will happen to the existing framework?
It will end and be replaced by the new framework.
What procurement process will be used?
The open tender procedure will be used which is a one step tender process.
How will my bid be evaluated
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria is stated only in the procurement documents. The buyer is using a standard gate way process to evaluate suppliers on a pass fail basis.
All suppliers must complete a standard Selection Questionnaire (SQ), a pricing schedule and answer questions about the service they will provide.
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This procurement will be managed electronically via the eTendering platform.
This will be the route for sharing all information and communicating with bidders.
If you have registered on the platform for another procurement with the Authority you can use the same account for this new procurement.
If not, you will need to register your organisation on the portal. You can register for FREE here
Why does the NHS need another recruitment framework?
The NHS Long Term Plan has set out its ambitions for the NHS over the next 10 years, identifying ethical and sustainable international recruitment as a workforce priority. It is intended that the resulting framework of this procurement will meet the Health and Social Care needs in line with the NHS Long Term and People Plan. Overseas staff make a significant contribution to the care of NHS patients. The NHS in England needs to dramatically increase the NHS workforce to meet the needs of the population.
UK prime minister Boris Johnson pledged to recruit 50,000 more nurses into the NHS by 2024. International recruitment is expected to deliver between 51,000 and 57,000 more nurses by 2024.
NHS organisations are being urged to review how they conduct international recruitment, and to increase the number of international recruits as part of a robust and well-rounded workforce supply plan.
What is a procurement framework?
NHS England approve procurement framework agreements to provide international recruitment services on behalf of NHS organisations in England.
NHS England strongly recommends NHS organisations engage with an approved framework to call-off any requirements for the international recruitment of healthcare professionals.
If you are a recruitment agency or a recruitment business and you are not on an approved procurement framework, it can be extremely difficult for you to supply your international recruitment services to the NHS.
About the author
NHS Recruitment Bid Writer
Naomi Clews is a procurement expert and highly experienced writer.
Naomi has previously led on NHS health workforce procurements for the Crown Commercial Service (CCS).
Prior to this, Naomi led on health workforce procurements for HealthTrust Europe (HTE).
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