Procurement and Contracting

Competition, Procurement, Patient Choice and Contracting

South West Lincolnshire CCG procures services from a range of providers. Contracts vary from small one-off purchases to large works or service. As of February 1st 2016 the CCG works with Optum Commissioning Support Services (Optum CSS) for all procurement and contracts.

When procuring services we ensure fair opportunity, competition and value for money.
The form of procurement used by the CCG varies depending on the nature of the product or service being procured but can include Any Qualified Provider competitive and non-competitive tendering.

We follow public procurement regulations and guidelines when determining the form of procurement and our approach. The latest guidance is from the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
The regulations mean we cannot favour providers simply because they are already in contract with us, an NHS organisation, located in our area, or employing local people.

We operate our procurements in a fair and transparent way in accordance with:

  • Public Contract Regulations, 
  • Procurement Patient Choice and Competition Regulations 2013

NHS CHC Contract Extension and New Tariff Documentation - July 2016

South West Lincolnshire CCG Procurement Register

Contracts Finder

Contracts Finder is used by NHS Arden & Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit, on behalf of the local Clinical Commissioning Groups (and other Healthcare organisations for whom work may be undertaken) to advertise procurements, PINs (prior information notices), market engagement events and activities, or to otherwise share, or seek, necessary information from the provider market.

In order to receive alerts about providing health related services to any part of the NHS, or joint commissioning services which would affect other Government bodies or organisations, for example, Local Authorities, you will need to register on Contracts Finder.

Bravo Portal

NHS Arden & Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit uses the Bravo portal for procurements and tenders. Please visit this website to see current opportunities. 

To view these opportunities you will need to register with Bravo and then click on ‘PQQ’s or ITTs visible to all suppliers' (Dependant on type of procurement).

There is a guide to help you to register and navigate your way around Bravo.

Please note that any questions relating to the Procurement process must asked through the messaging facility on Bravo.

Current Opportunities

There are currently no opportunities within the Lincolnshire Localities. Please check this website and Contracts finder regularly as any opportunities will be posted here.
Opportunities are usually open to all providers who are interested and applications are welcome from any organisations, partnerships or consortia. For more details please contact Optum Commissioning Support Services via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Procured Services

The following services have been procured throughout Lincolnshire Localities.

  • Sleaford Medical Group – Urgent Care Unit

The Urgent Care Unit that is operated out of Sleaford Medical Group was implemented in October 2014 as a pilot project and is continuing as a direct contract award on a standard NHS contract with the Practice.  In consideration of Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition Guidelines the service may have to go out to the market for procurement in the future.  However this can’t be confirmed until after the Lincolnshire Health and Care (LHAC) process and the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP) have concluded and any required public consultation on proposed changes for Urgent Care in Lincolnshire have taken place. The service will also be reviewed to ensure compliance with the GP Forward View commissioning framework. 

More information about the process will be posted on the South West Lincolnshire CCG website.

Market Engagement Events

For most large procurement exercises we hold market engagement events, which are advertised on this website & Contracts Finder.

Any Qualified provider

Any Qualified Provider (AQP) is a work programme that will enable the Government to fulfil its commitment to increase choice and personalisation in NHS funded services for patients and the public. AQP is being implemented following a national listening exercise to consider which health services would benefit from having increased choice.  Service providers can apply to be a specific AQP service based on quality not price.

Patients referred to the new AQP services will be able to choose from a list of ‘qualified’ providers who meet agreed service quality requirements.

AQP Aims and Objectives

The strategic aims of AQP are to:

  • Increase choice and access of health service providers for patients.
  • Improve quality and outcomes of health services.
  • Drive innovation and efficiency of health services.

Patients referred to the new services made available under AQP will be able to choose from a list of ‘qualified’ providers who meet agreed service quality requirements, through a locally agreed specification.