Awarded contract

Provision of Management Consultancy Services

  • Department of Health and Social Care

F03: Contract award notice

Notice reference: 2021/S 000-001743

Published 28 January 2021, 2:10pm

Section one: Contracting authority

one.1) Name and addresses

Department of Health and Social Care

39 Victoria Street





United Kingdom

NUTS code

UKI32 - Westminster

Internet address(es)

Main address

Buyer's address

one.4) Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority

one.5) Main activity


Section two: Object

two.1) Scope of the procurement

two.1.1) Title

Provision of Management Consultancy Services

two.1.2) Main CPV code

  • 79411000 - General management consultancy services

two.1.3) Type of contract


two.1.4) Short description

Provision of support to the Department of Health and Social Care to expand testing for Covid-19.

two.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

two.1.7) Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)

Value excluding VAT: £145,000,000

two.2) Description

two.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS codes

two.2.4) Description of the procurement

Direct Award

two.2.5) Award criteria


two.2.11) Information about options

Options: No

two.2.13) Information about European Union Funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

Section four. Procedure

four.1) Description

four.1.1) Type of procedure

Award of a contract without prior publication of a call for competition in the cases listed below

  • Extreme urgency brought about by events unforeseeable for the contracting authority


1) The Covid-19 outbreak is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern as declared by the World Health Organisation on 30 January 2020. The WHO Director General characterised Covid-19 as a pandemic on 11 March 2020.2) A key element of ensuring an effective response to the pandemic is ensuring the ability to quickly set up and operate Covid-19 testing sites at various locations across the UK.3) DHSC is satisfied the tests permitting use of the negotiated procedure without prior publication (Regulation 32(2)(c)) are met:A. As far as is strictly necessary: to support the rapid set-up and operation of Covid-19 testing sites at various locations across the UK and the need for a rapid, scalable and deliverable service with maximum geographical coverage across the whole UK.B. There are genuine reasons for extreme urgency: It is responding to Covid-19 immediately because of public health risks presenting a genuine emergency.C. The events that have led to the need for extreme urgency were unforeseeable: the Commission itself confirmed: ‘The current coronavirus crisis presents an extreme and unforeseeable urgency – precisely for such a situation our European rules enable public buyers to buy within a matter of days, even hours, if necessary.’ (Commissioner Breton, Internal Market, 1 April 2020).D. It is impossible to comply with the usual timescales in the PCR: It is not possible to comply with the timescales of another procedure due to the urgent requirement to ensure rapid set-up and operation of Covid-19 testing sites on the scale required to be capable of delivery at locations across the whole of the UK.E. The situation is not attributable to the contracting authority – DHSC has not done anything to cause or contribute to the need for extreme urgency.F. Further it would be seriously counter-productive to the national effort to have carried out a procurement in respect of some or all of the workstreams being undertaken by the existing provider and/or that any attempt to potentially transition between providers in the context of ensuring that the relevant work progresses with appropriate rapidity could have led to material avoidable delay or risk of disruption. On that basis, DHSC believe the contract award to be permitted pursuant to Regulation 32(2)(b) as in practice the existing provider will be the only one capable of continuing with the work on the basis required.

four.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

Section five. Award of contract

A contract/lot is awarded: Yes

five.2) Award of contract

five.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract

11 January 2021

five.2.2) Information about tenders

Number of tenders received: 1

The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: No

five.2.3) Name and address of the contractor

Deloitte LLP

1 New Street Square




United Kingdom

NUTS code
National registration number


The contractor is an SME


five.2.4) Information on value of contract/lot (excluding VAT)

Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: £145,000,000

Total value of the contract/lot: £145,000,000

Section six. Complementary information

six.4) Procedures for review

six.4.1) Review body

The High Court





United Kingdom

Internet address