Framework Agreements

Our extensive portfolio of framework agreements are designed to ensure ease of access. They are actively managed, free to access and provide a compliant route to market line with the Public Contract Regulations 2015.

We have experienced procurement professionals who can undertake further competitions on your behalf, running the end-to-end process for both individual and multiple provider organisations. Or, if you are looking to run a further competition on a self-serve basis, we can provide further competition templates, guidance, and some subject matter expert advice.

We also offer Combined Framework Agreement Solutions, grouping framework agreements from our four core categories that, together, will support you to achieve key NHS targets and objectives. Examples include Digital Transformation for Better Patient Outcomes, Elective Recovery and Future-proofing Estates and Infrastructure.

There are 2,248 approved organisations who have access to the framework agreement portfolio and as such, can utilise any NHS SBS framework agreement whenever required.

Supplier Contract Performance Support

Browse our Framework Agreement Categories

Search for a Framework Agreement

Search for the right framework agreement for your needs via our dedicated framework agreement search.

Download our Framework Agreement Portfolio

Download our framework agreement portfolio PDF containing key information in relation to each framework agreement.

Customer Framework Agreement Portal

Our Customer Framework Agreement Portal allows you to:

 

  • Browse our range of framework agreements, with instant access to all associated documents
  • Search by keyword to easily find the information you’re looking for
  • Access support from our team of experts, who can advise on further competitions and answer any questions you might have

Browse our Combined Framework Agreement Solutions

Combined Framework Agreement Solutions are groups of framework agreements that, together, support you in achieving key NHS targets and objectives.

Benefits of Our Framework Agreements

Easy to access

Our framework agreements are easy to access and utilise and designed to ensure competitive pricing, help drive savings and improve efficiencies. To allow more flexibility, customers have the ability to directly call-off from a framework or run a further competition. Frameworks offer a compliant route to market, providing a comprehensive choice of suppliers and excellent geographic coverage.

Flexible Options to Suit You

Depending on your needs, we can arrange one-off access to certain framework contracts to meet a specific demand. Alternatively, we can offer you access to our full portfolio of framework agreements, enabling you to shift away from simply buying at the lowest price and towards procurement based on total cost of ownership. Whatever procurement support you need, we have flexible options for you.

Specialist Support and Advice

Our specialist healthcare procurement team help NHS customers to procure best value for money, health-related products, and services at no cost to them. In addition to accessing our healthcare framework agreements, local procurement teams can also benefit from a portfolio of specialist, value-added procurement services and expertise free of charge. This includes:

  • Commercial advisors and category specialists who advise on which framework agreement best suits customer needs
  • Clinical advisors to support clinical engagement to ensure all procurements meet clinical standards
  • A self-serve framework agreement portal, featuring our user-friendly buying guides advising whether a direct award or further competition is required
  • Creation of bespoke data-led workplans to help deliver local and regional CIP challenges
  • Delivery of strategic sourcing (including further competitions of aggregated volumes and switch to save projects) to unlock savings
  • Support with contract implementation locally and regionally

Our framework agreements and value-added services are tailored specifically to the needs of NHS customers and their Integrated Care Systems. Through the help of our specialist advisors and buyers, local procurement teams can drive maximum value and efficiency from their procurement. They are not charged for this service.

We also do not charge suppliers to appear on our framework agreements, but we do ask suppliers for a nominal competitive fee should they successfully sell through one of our frameworks agreements. This fee is reinvested back into our service so we can keep delivering and developing new support services that enable the NHS to buy more easily and cost effectively.

Guidance regarding award of contracts under framework agreements, as per the Public Contract Regulations 2015:

 

  • When the terms of a framework agreement are not precise enough to directly award a contract under Regulation 33(7) or 33(8)(a), the buyer must run a further competition, as per Regulation 33(8)(b) or 33(8)(c)
  • When the terms of a framework agreement are precise enough to directly award a contract, the buyer must award the contract in accordance with any pre-prescribed rules (call-off protocol) regarding the use of catalogues, or reassessment of award criteria based on requirements configuration variations
  • For further information about awarding contracts under our framework agreements please contact sbs.complianceandqualityassurance@nhs.net
Direct Award Guidance

Further Competition Guidance

Why Partner with us?

Created as a unique joint venture with the Department of Health and Social Care, our sole purpose is to deliver the most cost effective and highest quality shared services to the NHS. Our scale and scope are unparalleled.

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    Contact our Commercial Advisors

    If you’re interested or have a query relating to our framework agreements, please contact the relevant commercial advisor from the list below.

    If you’re a supplier, please see more details on our Supplier Information Page.

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    Mobile Number

    Region Covered

    General enquiries 0113 307 1535 National

    Helen Brough

    07825 680 356

    South West

    Lisa Rausch

    07714 683 453

    North West

    Libby Maryon

    07311 799 749

    South East

    Brad Symcox

    07597 574 189

    Midlands

    Tracey Cramond

    07834 420 800

    North East & Yorkshire

    Grant Saunders

    07716 091 772

    East of England

    Lewis Gower

    07811 670 576

    South London & Sussex

    Jake Witter

    07707 279 593

    North London