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Specialist Pharmacy Courier Services (Ref: 2021/S 000-000597)

Background

In response to the increased demand for patient deliveries and the surge in virtual appointments, the East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub has established a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for trusts to access specialist pharmacy courier services.

This initiative aims to facilitate compliant, consistent, and cost-effective delivery solutions. By utilising services under this DPS, hospitals can revolutionise pharmacy services, allowing for quicker discharge times and enhancing patient experience and convenience.

The DPS specifically covers Specialist Courier Services for delivering outpatient medications prescribed via virtual clinics to patients homes, workplaces, or other suitable locations, as well as delivering discharge medications following patient discharge from the hospital.

Benefits

  • Shortened procurement time as the advertisement in FTS and PQQ stage has already been undertaken
  • The DPS encourages competition as providers can apply to get on the DPS during its period of validity
  • Procuring organisations can develop their own specification, utilising pre-developed templates, to meet their own requirements and formulate their award criteria more precisely
  • Award of individual contracts can be quicker than other procedures with the minimum time limit for return of tenders being 10 days
  • Providers must meet minimum criteria to be awarded on the DPS
  • A full suite of mini competition templates is available to ease the competition process, and the Hub can provide help and support in running mini-competitions
  • Provides transportation compliant with MHRA standards and EU Guidelines on Good Distribution Practice of medicinal products

Start date

12/01/2021

End date

11/01/2031

Contract type

Dynamic Purchasing System

Framework owner

East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub

ABI

1%

Award type

Further competition

List of suppliers

Please contact us for a full list of DPS suppliers.

Contact name

David Olusanya

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