Future opportunity

Digital Staff Passports_NHS Trusts Portal

  • NHS England

F01: Prior information notice (prior information only)

Notice reference: 2021/S 000-031923

Published 21 December 2021, 1:55pm

Section one: Contracting authority

one.1) Name and addresses

NHS England

Quarry House




Julian Farley




United Kingdom

NUTS code

UKE - Yorkshire and the Humber

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

National or federal Agency/Office

one.5) Main activity


Section two: Object

two.1) Scope of the procurement

two.1.1) Title

Digital Staff Passports_NHS Trusts Portal

two.1.2) Main CPV code

  • 72000000 - IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support

two.1.3) Type of contract


two.1.4) Short description

The overall aims and objectives are for the NHS to deliver a digital staff passport service to meet the needs of two user cases: the rotational movements of Doctors in Training (both permanent changes in employment and through lead employer arrangements) and temporary staff movements of any NHS staff member.

two.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: £2,550,000

two.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

two.2) Description

two.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)

  • 48000000 - Software package and information systems

two.2.3) Place of performance

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


two.2.4) Description of the procurement

In line with the NHS Long Term Plan and the NHS People Plan, the NHS aims to develop and roll out digital staff passports to enable staff movements, increasing safeguards for patients and reducing the burden on staff. The Covid-19 Digital Staff Passport has proven to be and continues to be an effective interim solution aiding essential, temporary staff movements during the pandemic and the aim of this procurement is to develop and deliver a long-term digital staff passport service for all staff movements. The immediate requirement focuses on the needs of two user cases: the rotational movements of Doctors in Training and the temporary staff movements of any NHS staff member.

two.2.14) Additional information

The core requirement is for NHS organisations to be able to securely issue and verify multiple verifiable credentials to enable the following user groups to move seamlessly between NHS organisations:
• Permanent staff movements – starting with Doctors in Training
• Temporary staff movements – where any NHS staff member moves temporarily to another NHS organisation.

two.3) Estimated date of publication of contract notice

4 January 2022

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

Section six. Complementary information

six.3) Additional information

The scope of this requirement is to design, build and test through both Alpha phase and private Beta phase, subject to passing Government Digital Services (GDS) Alpha to Beta assessment, a portal for NHS employing organisations to issue and verify credentials into any of the digital staff passports/digital wallets that will be made available via the NHS Digital Staff Passport Service and held by a staff member. The NHS Digital Staff Passport Service will be procured separately and in parallel.

Contract Term
• The contract term is fixed for Alpha, estimated at 6-8 weeks, March – April 2022.
• The contract term for the private Beta is dependent on timings for GDS service review at end of Alpha but estimated at this stage to run until end of December 2022 with all development completed by end of October 2022.

• Maximum budget for Alpha is £750,000 excluding VAT.
• Maximum budget for private Beta is £1,800,000 excluding VAT.