A £500 million procurement framework has been launched by NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) to offer soft facilities management services to the NHS and wider public sector.
The Soft FM, Asset Compliance and Security Services Framework provides access to a range of specialist services.
The framework's designers expect clients to benefit from average indicative savings of 5 per cent compared to buying directly from a supplier at list price. The potential cost saving for the public sector is expected to be up to £25 million.
The framework has 32 different lots that cover asbestos removal, active and passive fire safety, CCTV and lift maintenance; cleaning and laundry services, pest control, and grounds and gardens maintenance.
Targeted at the NHS, local authorities, educational establishments and other public bodies, the agreement includes an option to procure single services, bundled services or a complete managed solution. It will run until summer 2022 with the possibility of an extension to 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 OJEU compliant and all suppliers meet the necessary legislative requirements.
NHS and other public sector organisations can use the framework to directly award a contract to approved suppliers, or run a mini-competition to help drive further competitive pricing.
Other facilities available via the framework include porterage and courier services, water treatment, demolition, window cleaning and catering.