NHS Tenders


The NHS and the Department for Health & Social Care are big business; with spending having exceeded £190 billion in 2021/22 through tenders and framework opportunities.

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NHS Frameworks and contracts can be located across numerous sites, which can often prove confusing. For our clients looking to win work with the NHS, we have developed the following services:

  • Market research: finding the right frameworks and contract opportunities, highlighting the contracts that competitors hold and collating the tender requirements so you know what is required to successfully bid
  • Tender Alert service: we will research and monitor these opportunities for you, providing you with a daily summary, not via automated emails but by using the understanding and knowledge of your business built by our team
  • Bid Writing & Bid Management: to help you prepare for tenders and ultimately respond in the best way possible to maximise your success.

The ability to locate these tenders, before even considering whether or not to bid, can oftentimes prove stressful, hence why we created our Tender Pipeline software. There are many portals which are used, across different NHS trusts, geographical locations and specialisms. Briefly speaking, these portals can be split into two categories; those where tenders are advertised and those which manage tender activities. 


Useful sites where NHS tenders are advertised:

  • The Government tender and frameworks for the majority of large and national frameworks. An excellent resource for finding future pipeline opportunities- https://www.crowncommercial.gov.uk/
  • NHS Shared Business Services is another key healthcare framework organisation, largely focused on corporate services which support the NHS such as procurement, consultancy, office and IT, though they do also have a popular construction framework

The following are portals that manage the tender exercises, where you can communicate with the NHS Trust and submit your bid:


The following are portals that manage the tender exercises, where you can communicate with the NHS Trust and submit your bid:

We have recently launched our Tender Pipeline Software. Get FREE Tender updates, announcements and competitor information straight to your email. 

" We recently utilised the Bid Resource Division of Thornton and Lowe in order to recruit two additional team members for our Bids and Tenders team.

They were successful in sourcing excellent candidates for both Bid Writer and Bid Manager roles.

We were extremely happy with the standard of candidates introduced to us and the service we received.

Consequently, we would have no hesitation in recommending Thornton and Lowe to any companies looking for any assistance with their recruitment of Bids,Tenders and Proposals Specialists. "

Nico Prinsloo Commercial Sales Director - CH&Co Group

" We would recommend Thornton & Lowe as a specialist bid recruiter having recently worked with them on a bid writer vacancy. We appreciated the professionalism, pragmatism and honesty clearly demonstrated and most importantly we recruited a very good candidate from a small talent pool. "

Zeena Ozturk, Centry Services

" We utilised the Bid Resource Division of Thornton and Lowe on two occasions recently, we were looking to recruit additional Technical Bid Writers to join our expanding Technical and Corporate Services team

The resource team at Thornton and Lowe fully understood our requirements and were able to source some excellent candidates for the roles.

Both successful candidates are now making a positive contribution to the team and we would have no hesitation in recommending Thornton and Lowe to any companies looking to recruit Bids,Tenders and Proposals Specialists. "

Pamela Lilley, Human Resources Manager, Walker Construction

" I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Thornton & Lowe for their recent help in finding a suitable placement for our senior bid writer position. Both Mark and Chris have invaluable knowledge of the bid writing world and took the time to understand our exact needs and company culture. As such, they found us the right person who is perfectly suited to the role, but more importantly to the team and the company.

Thank you! "

Charlotte LeComber, Bid Manager, Crown Partnership

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