Invitation to Tender For: Community Diagnostic Hubs (CDH) Framework Agreement

  • The NHS Commissioning Board operating as NHS England

F02: Contract notice

Notice reference: 2021/S 000-014751

Published 28 June 2021, 6:06pm

Section one: Contracting authority

one.1) Name and addresses

The NHS Commissioning Board operating as NHS England

Quarry House, Quarry Hill






United Kingdom

NUTS code

UKE - Yorkshire and the Humber

Internet address(es)

Main address


Buyer's address


one.3) Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at


Additional information can be obtained from the above-mentioned address

Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via


Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the above-mentioned address

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

Invitation to Tender For: Community Diagnostic Hubs (CDH) Framework Agreement

two.1.2) Main CPV code

  • 85100000 - Health services

two.1.3) Type of contract


two.1.4) Short description

The National Health Service Commissioning Board (which uses the operational name “NHS England”) is seeking to establish a framework (the “Framework Agreement”)from which NHS England and other NHS bodies (Clinical Commissioning Groups (“CCGs”), NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts (each a “Contracting Authority” and together the “Contracting Authorities”)) will have the ability to award contracts or sub-contracts for a range of clinical services to be provided from community diagnostic hubs (the “Services”). Please refer to the Specification at Schedule 1 of the ITT for more details of the Services.

two.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: £10,000,000,000

two.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

two.2) Description

two.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)

  • 85100000 - Health services

two.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS codes
  • UK - United Kingdom
Main site or place of performance


two.2.4) Description of the procurement

The objective of Framework Agreement is to: support the Contracting Authorities’ ability to improve population health: increase diagnostic capacity: improve productivity and efficiency of diagnostic activity, contribute to reducing health inequalities, deliver a better and more personalised diagnostic experience for patients and support integration of care.

The framework will be divided into a number of clinical diagnostic modalities and sub-modalities. Successful providers onto the framework (a “Provider” and “Providers”) will , during the procurement process and potentially during the term of the framework, identify those modalities and sub-modalities which they are capable of providing in identified locations and also identify whether or not they have their own facilities from which such services could be provided from (though this will not be evaluated in competition). A Framework Agreement will be entered into by NHS England on behalf of all Contracting Authorities with each successful Provider assessed as capable of providing such Services (or any of them) through this procurement process The term of each Framework Agreement awarded pursuant to this procurement will be for [3] years with an option to extend for a further [24 month period] (the “Term”).

However (as permitted pursuant to Regulation 74(7)), it is anticipated (but not guaranteed) that the Framework will:

• be opened to new potential Providers every 12 months within the Term (in which case new Framework Agreements awarded shall be for the remaining length of the original Term only); and

• be opened or “refreshed” at any time during the Term to allow new and existing Providers to apply for new modalities or sub-modalities relating to the Services.

When awarding contracts pursuant to the framework it will be for Contracting Authorities to determine which modalities or sub-modalities they wish to purchase based on local need and award will be permitted on the basis of either criteria set out in the Framework Agreement or further competition among those on the Framework.

Contracts called off from the Framework from Contracting Authorities shall be based upon the NHS Standard Contract or Sub-Contract at National and Local NHS Prices and discounts may be offered.

two.2.5) Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

two.2.6) Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: £10,000,000,000

two.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months


This contract is subject to renewal


Description of renewals

Please refer to procurement documentation

two.2.10) Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: No

two.2.11) Information about options

Options: Yes

Description of options

The contract period is for an initial term of 3 years with the option to extend for further 24 month period.

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 three. Legal, economic, financial and technical information

three.1) Conditions for participation

three.1.1) Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

List and brief description of conditions

Please refer to procurement documentation

If a provider is awarded a Framework Agreement, there is no guarantee that it will be awarded any contracts for services. Contracting Authorities may award contracts to providers on the basis of the call off process set out in the Framework Agreement.

three.1.2) Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

three.1.3) Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

Section four. Procedure

four.1) Description

four.1.1) Type of procedure

Open procedure

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

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

four.2) Administrative information

four.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate


20 July 2021

Local time


four.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted


four.2.7) Conditions for opening of tenders


20 July 2021

Local time


Section six. Complementary information

six.1) Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: No

six.3) Additional information

This Procurement is on behalf of the National Health Service, namely NHS England, all Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS Trusts, NHS Foundation Trusts and each of their successor bodies. A list of organisations can be found at:





(Referred to from IV.1.11) - The services in scope of this procurement process are healthcare services which fall under “social and other specific services” in Section 7 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (“PCR”). In accordance with Regulation 76 PCR, the process is to set up a closely mirror a framework agreement and the procurement of it will follow a procedure like the open procedure. However, NHS England and the Contracting Authorities using the framework are only bound by the parts of the PCR that specifically apply to social and other specific services. For the avoidance of doubt, the rules that apply to the open procedure under Regulation 27 and framework agreements under Regulation 33 do not apply to this procurement. All providers that meet the minimum requirements set out under the procurement process (which will include both traditional selection and evaluation criteria on a pass/fail basis) will be appointed to the framework agreement. There will be no maximum number of providers appointed. Providers must be able to ensure their ability to begin Service provision from the 30th September 2021, if required by any Contracting Authority.

The tender is being run through the EU Supply portal; information and ITT documentation can be found at https://uk.eu-supply.com/login.asp?B=agcsu, Quote/tender 44791 Invitation to Tender For Community Diagnostic Hubs Framework Agreement. Deadline for submissions is 12 Noon Tuesday 20th July 2021.

six.4) Procedures for review

six.4.1) Review body

The High Court

The Strand



United Kingdom

six.4.2) Body responsible for mediation procedures




United Kingdom

six.4.4) Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

The High Court

The Strand



United Kingdom