NHS organisations in the North West will be able to use a new system which aims at simplifying the process for procuring a construction company for hospital refurbishments or new builds.
Six companies have been approved for the Procure 21+ framework, meaning that NHS Trusts do not need to go through the European Union procurement process.
The six companies selected for the new framework to deliver NHS projects includes:
- Balfour Beatty Group
- Healthcare Partnership Solutions, a consortium between Miller Construction, Guildhouse UK and Community Ventures
- Integrated Health Projects, a joint venture between Sir Robert McAlpine and Vinci Construction UK
- Interserve Project Services
- Kier Regional
- Willmott Dixon Holdings
The Government said that the system will also usher in a more transparent system, where detailed data on performance outcomes will be provided by each company and published online, so that the NHS can make informed choices about the companies it employs.
Performance for the new framework will be measured on following outcomes:
- client satisfaction with the product
- client satisfaction with the service
- safety, based on incident rates
- problems with the scheme, based on defects
- whether the scheme was to budget
- whether it was delivered on time
The new system builds on the existing Procure 21 framework, which the Government said has become the most popular procurement route for NHS capital schemes and has delivered projects with a value of almost £2bn.
Procure 21 stands alongside the Private Finance Initiative and the Local Investment Finance Trust initiative to deliver the future of NHS facilities.
Speaking about the new framework, Health Minister Simon Burns said: "The benefits of Procure 21+ are clear – a streamlined system will mean that NHS organisations will be able to concentrate on delivering patient care and improving outcomes.
"The new system will cut bureaucratic waste and allow the NHS to reinvest savings directly into services for patients.
"Hospital refurbishments under this system will be quicker and more cost effective, ensuring that patients receive their treatment in a clean, safe and efficient environment – as they would expect."
Under the new framework, the Government said work can start on projects within six weeks, saving the NHS at least six months in the pre-construction period.
The appointments will take effect when the new framework commences on 1 October this year and will run for a six year period.
The Government's Department of Health said that new system will save the NHS over £200m in procurement costs over the lifetime of the framework.