Future opportunity

Market Engagement Eye Care Accreditation - NHS Norfolk and Waveney ICB

  • NHS Norfolk & Waveney Integrated Care Board

F01: Prior information notice (prior information only)

Notice reference: 2024/S 000-002041

Published 22 January 2024, 9:37am

Section one: Contracting authority

one.1) Name and addresses

NHS Norfolk & Waveney Integrated Care Board

County Hall, Martineau Ln






United Kingdom

NUTS code

UKH15 - Norwich and East Norfolk

Internet address(es)

Main address


Buyer's address


one.3) Communication

Additional information can be obtained from the above-mentioned address

Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at


one.4) Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

one.5) Main activity


Section two: Object

two.1) Scope of the procurement

two.1.1) Title

Market Engagement Eye Care Accreditation - NHS Norfolk and Waveney ICB

Reference number


two.1.2) Main CPV code

  • 85100000 - Health services

two.1.3) Type of contract


two.1.4) Short description

NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board are inviting suitably qualified and experienced providers to express their interest in delivering Ophthalmology Services across NHS Norfolk and Waveney ICB.

The Commissioners are inviting the market to express their interest in the future delivery of these services and seeking feedback from the market on the proposed service specifications to help inform any future accreditation process. Potential providers interested in this service are requested to complete the soft market testing questionnaire.

Ophthalmology Services include:

Ophthalmology Overarching Specification
Ophthalmology Glaucoma and Ocular Hypertension (OHT)
Proposed Norfolk and Waveney Glaucoma Service Pathway
Ophthalmology Medical Retina Service

In addition and for information only

two.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: £1

two.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

two.2) Description

two.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)

  • 85121280 - Ophthalmologist, dermatology or orthopedics services

two.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS codes
  • UKH1 - East Anglia
Main site or place of performance

Norfolk and Waveney

two.2.4) Description of the procurement

The aim of this service is to provide Ophthalmology services across Norfolk and Waveney, The Commissioners are keen to receive feedback on any aspect of the proposed service
specifications and pathways included. We are particularly interested in if
you believe the proposed services are workable in practice, if you agree with the inclusion
criteria and exclusion criteria for all potential providers (particularly for medical retina), and
if you feel the proposed services meet the needs of the local population.

The overarching ophthalmology service specification (Document A) outlines the expectations
for any consultant-led Eye Care service and must be read in conjunction with the relevant
subspecialty service specifications (Document B & D).

The intention of Norfolk & Waveney ICB is to commission these services via provider
accreditation in line with the Provider Selection Regime Direct Award B for both NHS and
Independent Sector providers.

The aim of this Expression of Interest is to;
1. provide the market with visibility of the proposed opportunity;
2. support the ICB decision making to inform the future commissioning of services (as applicable);
3. to help define the future service approach, model and timelines;
4. to gauge the level of interest from the market of capable providers with capacity across the region to deliver the services noted above.

A further advertisement will be issued at the appropriate time. You will not be disadvantaged in any subsequent process if you choose not to respond to this market testing process, but the Commissioner wishes to understand your views. The deadline for Soft Market Testing responses is by 17:00 hours on 31st January 2024. Please note this is a market testing exercise and does not commit the ICB to carry out any further procurement process. Current services will remain in place during this period in line with existing contracts and service level agreements. Any future opportunity will be carried out in accordance with the ICB’s procurement obligations under the Provider Selection Regime.

two.2.14) Additional information

The Contracting Authority will be using an eTendering system for this market testing exercise. Further information and the expression of interest documentation can be found via the ‘Live Opportunities’ list on the e-procurement system at the following link: https://health-family-contract-search.secure.force.com/?searchtype=Projects. You can search for the opportunity by entering the following contract ref C238061.

two.3) Estimated date of publication of contract notice

1 March 2024

Section four. Procedure

four.1) Description

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

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes