New DPS Opportunity For Transport Services

NHS London Procurement Partnership will be launching an exciting initiative this year to replace the current Patient Transport Services Framework (LPP/2017/013).  This is in response to feedback from our customers and changes in the market.

We intend to launch a new Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS) for the provision of Transport and Courier services for the NHS and wider public sector.  It will be open for applications in November 2019 and will consist of several categories, plus additional categories that are not covered by the current framework, benefitting both customers and suppliers

The DPS will not only have the patient and service users at the core, it will also focus more on sustainability, the environment, reducing CO2 emissions and the transition to electric vehicles as the country prepares to meet the Net Zero Carbon targets laid down by the Government.


1. What does this mean for customers and suppliers?

  • Contracts that have been awarded under the current framework will remain unchanged

  • Mini competitions that are currently in process will not be affected

  • Customers and existing suppliers can still utilise the current framework until the new DPS go live date

  • When the DPS is live and open for applications, it will replace the current framework meaning no new competitions will be run under it.

2. Where can I get more information?

A Prior Information Notice (PIN) Ref: 2019/S 136-335176 and Request for Information (RFI) have been published on ProContract ( Project Ref ID: DN417348

We welcome all feedback and encourage you to respond to the PIN notice by completing the online questionnaire.

3. What is a DPS?

It is to be run as a completely electronic process, and should be set up using the restricted procedure and some other conditions (as set out in Regulation 34 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015)

The DPS is a two stage process:

Stage One:

  • Suppliers complete a standard Supplier Selection Questionnaire (SQ)

  • All suppliers who meet and pass the exclusion and selection criteria within the SQ must be admitted to the DPS and/or the relevant categories within it.

  • Unsuccessful suppliers are provided with feedback in order to enable them to re-apply at a later date should they wish to do so.

Stage Two:

  • Approved users (buyers, or 'Contracting Authorities') award individual contracts through the DPS.

  • The buyer invites all potential providers on the DPS (or within a particular DPS category) to participate in a further competition to bid for a specific contract. Suppliers are not obliged to bid.

4. What are the benefits of a DPS?

  • The DPS can streamline procurement for both suppliers and authorities; suppliers don’t have to demonstrate suitability and capability every time they wish to compete for a public sector contract, and the award of individual tenders can be quicker than under some other procedures.

  • The DPS is more flexible in some respects than frameworks, particularly as suppliers may join it at any time during its period of validity, meaning that suppliers are not locked out for the duration as they are with traditional frameworks.

  • There is no limit to the number of categories a supplier can apply for, but must meet the criteria for the categories to be admitted.

  • Unsuccessful suppliers can re-apply at a later date should they wish to do so.

  • It remains open to new suppliers throughout the period of the agreement. This enables suppliers who may not be able to meet the selection criteria at the time a DPS is first established to review their processes, finances and capabilities and apply for acceptance onto the DPS at a later stage.

More information about DPSs can be found here:


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