NHS England and NHS Improvement launched a Pseudo Dynamic Purchasing System (PDPS) in 2020 with an overarching aim of expediting the procurement of APMS contracts.
The system is split into Lots differentiating between:
Lot 1: Substantive APMS contracts – generally longer term contracts for the delivery of primary medical services.
Lot 2: GP Caretaking service contracts – generally urgent short-term APMS contracts for a step-in provider of primary medical services.
Each Lot is broken down into 7 Sub-Lots by geographical region. Applicants are asked to confirm their Lot and Sub-Lot interest as part of their PDPS Application. In the second stage, Call-Off procurements will be run within specific Sub-Lots and only those providers listed on the PDPS in the Sub-Lot in question can be invited to submit tender responses.
The PDPS will remain open for 4 years until 19 January 2024 and providers can apply for accreditation at any time. For the purposes of organisation of applications and evaluations, the timeline is divided into ‘Rounds’. In each PDPS Round bidders can apply, be evaluated and accredited on the PDPS.
It is important to note that this PDPS, like a framework agreement, is not a procurement procedure in itself but simply a tool for procurement.
Further Competition / Call-offs / Bidding for contracts
Providers can bid for specific contracts when local commissioners use the system to procure contracts in their geographical areas. Usually when a requirement arises, a PIN (notice) will be published to inform the market of the opportunity and invite more Bidders to get accredited in the process. Following this, only those providers who are successful in their application in one of the PDPS Rounds and are placed on the PDPS accredited providers’ list can be invited to submit bids.