Supplier information

New and existing suppliers have a real opportunity to help the NHS in addressing the staffing crisis and delivering a sustainable workforce model. An increasing amount of NHS procurement is done through a range of frameworks and pre-tendered contracts. The NHS Workforce Alliance portfolio of frameworks covers clinical agency staffing, staff bank, international recruitment, non-clinical staffing, IT, workforce support, and improvement services.

When the Alliance identifies new health workforce related requirements for our NHS members, we follow a formal process. We undertake supplier engagement as early as possible in the procurement process, enabling the market to inform and help shape the development of our framework agreements. The Alliance has adopted several initiatives to encourage and facilitate SME involvement in our procurements wherever possible.

Getting the best solutions for suppliers:

  • We encourage innovation and value and not simply lowest cost.
  • As a collaborative partnership, we engage regularly with suppliers to share our expertise.
  • By working with the supply market, we can draw on the collective knowledge and experience, enabling us to drive innovation and maximise potential.

Benefits of becoming an Alliance supplier:

There are a number of benefits to becoming an Alliance supplier including:

  • opening your business up to opportunities within the healthcare market
  • the chance to work with leading public procurement organisations
  • to share best practice and influence the market.

Our dedicated teams are on hand to help guide new suppliers through the process and offer support for businesses expressing interest in becoming an Alliance supplier.

There are several ways to find opportunities to become an NHS Workforce Alliance supplier

To join as an Alliance supplier, you will need to respond successfully to a contract notice.

The supplier audit process

The Alliance runs a robust Health Assurance Audit process to ensure that workers provided by suppliers through our frameworks are compliant with the NHS Employers Check Standards as well as the obligations set out in the individual framework agreements. Find out more about the Alliance audit process.

Guidance on third party bid management organisations

Recently we have become aware of the growth in third party organisations offering to write, submit and manage bids for Alliance frameworks. Read our guidance on third party bid management organisations.

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