How to do business with the NHS
The NHS is potentially a massive opportunity for your business and this page is designed to help you make the most of an introduction.
As the NHS is made up of many individual NHS organisations, each responsible for buying its own goods and services, you will find that most organisations have dedicated professionals like us who take responsibility for the management of supplies, contracting and procurement. Like all public sector organisations in the European Union, NHS organisations have certain rules to which they must adhere.
When an NHS organisation wants to buy a specific range of goods or services it usually needs an official contract putting in place. This is always the case for expenditure over a specific European limit and often the case for lower levels of spend.
You may choose to utilise an existing public sector contract such as those put in place by Government Procurement Service or NHS Supply Chain (who provide logistical support to the NHS). You may also choose to use a collaborative NHS contract such as those put in place by SoEPS, or a local contract specific to your own needs.
Nearly all contracts with the NHS need to be advertised before they can be awarded. There are very few exceptions.
Where the project is advertised it is dependant upon the final value of the contract. For most contracts over £111,000 you will find them advertised with the European Journal (TED) and for lesser value contracts you will find them advertised in Contracts Finder.
We have our own bespoke portal offering a complete procurement management process from the advertising of the contract to the award. It is known as In-Tend. This service advertises both TED contracts and Contracts Finder opportunities. We highly recommend this site. To find out more please visit http://soeprocurement.nhs.uk/supplier-information/what-is-in-tend/
From time to time SoEPS hosts events to support suppliers selling to the public sector. Further details of these will be found on the news page.