The NHS Suffolk and North East Essex ICB is responsible for shaping and designing most of the health and care services that local people need, then selecting the best organisations to run them. The process of specifying a service and identifying the appropriate organisation or organisations to deliver the service is called ‘procurement’.

The ICB follows strict processes to obtain best value for money whilst ensuring transparency, fairness, non-discrimination, public good, integrity, open and fair competition.

The ICB’s approach to procurement is to operate within legal and policy frameworks and to use procurement as one of the system management tools available to strengthen commissioning outcomes and drive up quality.

It can do this through:

  • Ensuring providers work in an integrated fashion where this is in the best interest of patients and promotes service efficiency;
  • Increasing general market capacity to promote patient choice and meet the demand requirements of our population;
  • Using appropriate procurement mechanisms to facilitate improvements in choice, quality, efficiency and access and responsiveness; and
  • Stimulating innovation.

On this page, you can learn more about the processes we follow when procuring services, as well as lists of recently procured services.

Procurement policy

Please see below the NHS Suffolk and North East Essex ICB Procurement Policy.

Procurement decision registers

A register of recent procurement decisions, including details of the decision, who was involved and a summary of any conflicts of interest in relation to the decision and how this was managed.

Finding a tender

We advertise opportunities to tender via two digital procurement platforms.

You can also find high value contracts in the public sector via the UK Government’s Find a Tender tool.

Public information about contracts we hold

UK Government’s Contracts Finder tool lets you search for information about contracts worth over £10,000 with the government and its agencies.

You can use Contracts Finder to:

  • search for contract opportunities in different sectors
  • find out what’s coming up in the future
  • look up details of previous tenders and contracts

Procurement Committee

The terms of reference for the ICB Procurement Committee are currently being finalised. Please check back for further details soon.

NHS Standard Contract

The NHS Standard Contract is mandated by NHS England for use by commissioners for all contracts for healthcare services other than primary care. There are specific clauses relating to providers’ responsibility to ensure patients receive a positive experience. They must also give patients and public the opportunity to have their say. We as an ICB monitor how our providers are fulfilling this obligation. This is done through regular quality and contract meetings, in which our providers produce their findings for the period.

Page last modified: 25 November 2022
Next review due: 25 May 2023