NHS England Increasing Capacity Framework Agreement - Refresh

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Contract (Services)
27.5 month
13 May 2022
01 Aug 2022 to 20 Nov 2024
06 Jun 2022 14:30




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NHS England intends to invite additional providers to join the ICF. NHS England Increasing Capacity Framework Agreement. The National Health Service Commissioning Board (which uses the operational name ‘NHS England’) has established a framework for clinical services titled Increasing Capacity Framework (ICF) under the light touch regime, and has entered into a framework agreement with each provider appointed to the ICF. The services in scope are: 1) NHS inpatient and outpatient (including full supporting pathology and imaging) services and urgent elective care and cancer treatment to service users in line with nationally set criteria; 2) NHS inpatient non-elective care (either direct admission or transfer from an NHS organisation). The ICF may be accessed by NHS England and all CCGs, and NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts across England and their successor bodies.

Total Quantity or Scope

NHS England Increasing Capacity Framework Agreement - The intention is that a Framework Agreement will be entered into by NHS England on behalf of all Contracting Authorities with each provider assessed as capable through this procurement process (a “Provider”). Once the Framework Agreement has been set up, contracts based upon the NHS Standard Contract or Sub-Contract may be placed by a Contracting Authority with any Provider holding a Framework Agreement covering the relevant Services required by that Contracting Authority. It is the intention that in accordance with the Framework Agreement, each Contracting Authority, may enter into a separate NHS Standard Contract or Sub-Contract with any Provider, for the Services. The procurement is expected to be awarded 30th June 2022 to enable Framework Agreements to be signed by successful bidders in advance of the fixed start date of 1st August 2022. The Framework Agreements will have a fixed term ending on 20th November 2024 with no option to extend. The estimated value is based on a potential upper value over the duration of the ICF and actual value will depend on actual demand.

CPV Codes

  • 85100000 - Health services


  • Bids should cover the whole contract.
  • Renewals are not available.
  • Professional qualifications are sought.
  • Award on basis of price and quality.

Other Information

All existing Providers on the ICF that have already entered into a Framework Agreement had been sent a notice of extension on or around the date this ITT was published. All existing Providers' Framework Agreements will therefore expire on the same date as a framework agreement that is awarded pursuant to this ICF refresh procurement process. 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: https://www.nhs.uk/servicedirectories/pages/nhstrustlisting.aspx https://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/CCGListing.aspx https://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/AreaTeamListing.aspx https://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/SpecialHealthAuthorityListing.aspx (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. To access the ITT, please go to the following link https://uk.eu-supply.com/login.asp?B=UK and then "Quote/tender 47058 - NHSE ICF (Refresh) - NHS England Increasing Capacity Framework (Refresh)". NHS England reserves the right to conduct any number of framework refreshes throughout the term of the Framework Agreement. A refresh will allow verification of existing providers’ continuing ability to meet requirements and will also allow new entrants to be appointed to the ICF.