A new £500m procurement framework has been launched by NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) to offer high-quality soft facilities management services to the NHS and wider public sector.
The Soft FM, Asset Compliance and Security Services Framework will provide simple, cost-effective access to a wide range of specialist services.
With an average indicative saving of 5% when compared to buying direct from a supplier at list price, there is an estimated £25m in potential savings to be made for the NHS and public sector.
The framework has 32 different lots covering everything from asbestos removal, active and passive fire safety, CCTV and lift maintenance through to cleaning and laundry services, pest control and grounds and gardens maintenance.
Other facilities available via the framework include porterage and courier services, water treatment, demolition, window cleaning and catering.
Open to the NHS, local authorities, educational establishments and any other public bodies, the agreement includes an option to procure single services, bundled services or a complete managed solution.
The framework will run until summer 2022, with a potential extension until 2024.
Phil Davies, Director of Procurement at NHS SBS, said: “This new framework is regionalised across all 32 lots and includes a range of SMEs, service specialists and large national providers, saving valuable time and money for public sector organisations wherever they are across the UK.
“The experience and capability of the approved suppliers has been robustly tested as part of our comprehensive procurement process. It means framework users can have full confidence in the essential services provided, without needing to carry out their own complex and costly procurement exercise.”
The Soft FM, Asset Compliance and Security Services Framework is fully OJEU compliant and all suppliers meet the necessary legislative requirements.
The framework can be used by NHS and other public sector organisations to directly award a contract to approved suppliers or run a mini-competition to help drive further competitive pricing.