New £500 m soft FM framework open for the NHS and public sector

A new £500 million procurement framework has been launched by NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) to offer high-quality soft facilities management services to the NHS and wider public sector.

The Soft FM, Asset Compliance and Security Services Framework provides simple, cost-effective access to a wide-range of specialist services. With average indicative savings of 5% compared to buying direct 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 everything from asbestos removal, active and passive fire safety, CCTV, and lift maintenance, to cleaning and laundry services, pest control, and grounds and gardens maintenance.

NHS SBS said: “Providing complete flexibility to the NHS, local authorities, educational establishments, and any other public body, 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 fully OJEU-compliant, and all suppliers meet the necessary legislative requirements. NHS and other public sector organisations can use it 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.