GP Tendering & Bid Support



procurement is a service partnership between Collective Care Consortium, bid-management specialists Thornton and Lowe and Anthony Collins Solicitors. It has been designed to help groups of GPs protect and grow their income streams, as well as receiving all the tender management and training they need to succeed, following recent reforms in the healthcare sector.

The landscape is changing, which means that healthcare providers need to take note of different areas of responsibility, as well as what they need to do in terms of employment, finance and governance.

procurement has been specifically designed as a one-stop-shop to guide you through the entire process. Whether that’s to help you create a provider organisation, which includes the associated governance and structure, get you contract ready, or even provide live-bid support on that crucial contract, procurement will help you every step of the way.  procurement and partners have worked on contracts worth over £37 billion in 2013 alone, so you know you will be in safe hands.



Getting tender ready is vital to making sure you have the best chance of success. This is where procurement can help, and even train your staff to take ownership of the process.

With all tenders, any provider organisation will need to make sure they are not deemed a risk by the contracting authority (buyer). Purchasing organisations have standard processes of measuring risk; their procurement procedures. This means you need to be ready to have the following in place and be able to sell it:

  • Legal structure
  • Financial stability
  • Accreditations
  • Policies and procedures
  • Experience
  • Technical expertise
  • Capacity and equipment

These are the basics often used to shortlist organisations. Contracting authorities then evaluate responses based on the most economically advantageous tenders (MEAT), which takes into consideration from a specified evaluation criteria who is the best provider based on cost and quality. In order to effectively tender you then need to consider your:

  • Bid strategy (including win themes)
  • Specific bid procedures
  • Templates of best practice core information
  • Capacity to project manage and write an outstanding bid
  • Approach to finding appropriate contracts and making sure you don’t miss opportunities when they are advertised; and once found
  • If it us something you can win (bid-no-bid)

For every section within a tender you are competing to score the highest-possible marks. This is not just a box-ticking exercise, you really need to excel.


procurement have a programme of support, which includes all elements noted above.

We can make sure you:

  • Do not miss any tender opportunities
  • Have the procedures and systems in place to bid effectively
  • Understand where improvements are required to ensure you excel
  • Are lead through the process by our Bid Team who can project manage, write and review your tenders.

In short we can become your Bid Team; your expert procurement and tendering lead.