How to secure good outcomes for patients when awarding contracts

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Explains what commissioners need to do when selecting providers and awarding contracts.

Options for selecting providers and awarding contracts PDF, 138.1 KB

A briefing for clinical commissioning groups

What we’ve heard about tendering

Competitive tendering of contracts has been raised as a source of tension in local health systems and a potential distraction from the day-to-day issues people face. Many have been given the impression that all contracts must be tendered.

What the reality is

Commissioners need to secure healthcare services that meet the needs of their patients, are high quality and value for money.

While there are requirements for commissioners to be fair and transparent about what they are doing, it is not true that all contracts must be awarded using a competitive tender process.

Contact us

We have a dedicated team to assist providers and commissioners on these matters. If you're in any doubt, please get in touch by emailing enquiries@improvement.nhs.uk.

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