Frequently Asked Questions


When do existing frameworks end?

Please use the framework search facility on our website. This provides information on each framework including start and finish dates for all current framework agreements, the type of framework, a named contact and the authority.

What is a framework?

A framework agreement is an agreement or other arrangement between one or more buying authorities and one or more suppliers which establishes the terms (in particular the terms relating to price and, where appropriate, quantity) under which the supplier will enter into one or more contracts with the contracting authority in the period during which the framework agreement applies (normally a maximum of four years).

The NHS procurement process is subject to strict rules laid down by the EU, and you can find out more in this Office of Government Commerce Guidance on Framework Agreements in the Procurement Regulations.

Once an agreement has gone live, no new suppliers can be added to the framework. Would-be suppliers must wait for tenders for new frameworks to be published - find out more in the Suppliers section of our website.

I am an agency supplying temporary staff. Can I be on the Agency Nursing framework?

If you were not awarded a place on the NHS CPP National Clinical Staffing Framework for the supply of nursing and nursing related staff, you cannot now join the framework - this is restricted by law, not something which NHS LPP decides itself. 

To become a supplier on a new framework you need to respond successfully to a Contract Notice published in the Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Use our Framework Search facility to see when current contracts end, as this will give you an indication of when new tenders will be published, and visit our Suppliers page for links to where those new tenders are published. 

Can I promote my company’s place on one of your frameworks?

You can, but we ask you to follow strict guidelines around the use of the NHS name, logo, and wording. For example, we do not ‘appoint’ or ‘approve’ suppliers as that is not our role. We ‘award’ a place on a framework when a supplier has successfully met the framework criteria. If your business is on a framework, please contact the relevant team to discuss your plans for promoting your inclusion as these must be approved by NHS LPP before you undertake any promotional activity. You can find the relevant team’s contact details on our website.  



Which organisations are members of NHS LPP?

A list of our current members can be seen on our website here

Could we have a list of contacts for your member organisations?

This information cannot be shared externally as it would breach the Data Protection Act 2018.

How much do you charge NHS organisations to join LPP?

NHS LPP’s fee structure was reviewed in 2019 by a Steering Board led Task and Finish group. A streamlined, simplified model that segments our members into four groups, based on the size of their non-pay spend was developed and adopted. All members, regardless of the size of the organisation, receive the same level of service and membership benefits. For more information on membership and fees visit (insert link) or contact our account managers:

What is the Return on Investment for members?

ROI varies between Trusts and is dependent on a variety of factors including how many or which initiatives each member has implemented. ROI usually averages in excess of 10:1.

Where can I learn more about the benefits of being a member of NHS LPP?

Visit the Becoming a member page on the website here.

Can NHS organisations outside of London become a member of NHS LPP?

Our core market is London but we do accept members from other regions, please contact us if you would like to find out more.

Please contact our account managers

How does my NHS organisation become a member of NHS LPP?

Please contact our account managers who will be happy to discuss your requirements in detail and visit our Becoming a member page on the website.



What does NHS LPP do?

NHS LPP supports our NHS member trusts' procurement teams to get the best value from their purchasing. You can find out more detail about how we do that in the About Us section on our website.

Which areas of NHS expenditure do you cover?

You can find out about our category areas in the Categories section of our website. In addition, we provide project and consultancy support which offers additional areas of expertise. More about our Consultancy and Project support is available here.

How does NHS LPP differ from other procurement hubs?

The NHS hubs were set up at different times and under differing circumstances, but all have the ultimate objective of helping the NHS to improve procurement. Each hub has its own governance and fee structure. NHS LPP is a membership organisation with a Steering Board and charges an annual membership fee. Other organisations use different funding methods, including charging access fees for the use of particular framework agreements. There are also commercial hubs which are not part of the NHS. Unlike those commercial organisations, NHS LPP and the NHS hubs are not profit making bodies and do not have to pay dividends to private shareholders.  We work closely with the following hubs to ensure that NHS LPP members get the widest portfolio of products and services with the minimum amount of duplicated effort:

North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative

East of England Collaborative Procurement hub

NHS Commercial Solutions

The collective name for the four organisations working together is Procurement in Partnership (PiP).  PiP also work with Crown Commercial Services on workforce and the five organisations together are known as The Workforce Alliance.

Who agrees your corporate priorities and decides what products and services you deliver?

The NHS LPP exec team sets our corporate priorities to be agreed and signed off by our member-led Steering Board. You can find out more in the Structure and Governance section of our website. 

Is NHS LPP part of the NHS?

Yes. NHS LPP was set up and is funded by our NHS members to help the NHS use its buying power to deliver efficiency, value for money and thereby improve patient care. Our team comprises solely of NHS employees (with the exception of any interim staff we call on when we need extra support). We are currently hosted by, but are independent of, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

How is NHS LPP funded?

NHS LPP is a membership organisation. Members pay an annual fee to join us. In addition some funding comes from providing consultancy and project support to NHS organisations.  Further funding is generated through activity based income linked to uptake of specific projects. Any surplus is returned to the NHS.


Where do you report NHS LPP finances?

We are hosted by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust; we are not a stand-alone NHS organisation. As a result, our finances form part of the financial reports produced by Guy’s. These are reported to our steering board at each meeting.

How do I ask a question or request information about NHS LPP under the Freedom of Information Act?

Please send your query to We will work with the FOI team at our host trust, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust to respond to your query.

Which areas of NHS procurement do your services cover?


How do suppliers join NHS LPP frameworks?

Suppliers cannot join frameworks once they are live. Use our Framework Search facility to see when current contracts end. To become a supplier on a new framework you need to respond successfully to a Contract Notice published in the Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Where national frameworks are already in place, we decide whether to undertake a mini competition or negotiate rates with a single supplier.

 In line with EU legislation, all tenders for suppliers and services above £113,000 are advertised in the Supplement to OJEU. These adverts enable you to express an interest in bidding. You can find out more in the Suppliers section of the NHS LPP website. 

You can also apply to join one of our Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS). A DPS remains open to new suppliers throughout the period of the agreement. This enables suppliers who may not be able to meet the selection criteria at the time a DPS is first established to review their processes, finances and capabilities and apply for acceptance onto the DPS at a later stage.


I am a Small and Medium Sized enterprise. How do I become a supplier to the NHS?

NHS LPP encourages SMEs to tender for NHS business where appropriate. You can find out more about becoming a supplier to the NHS in the Suppliers section of our website. 

Do suppliers pay a fee to be on a framework?

There is no fee to become a supplier on a framework. However, certain frameworks or contracts require the payment of Activity Based Income (ABI).  Please see our website to find out how to become a supplier to the NHS. 

Does NHS LPP take a percentage from suppliers?

Some frameworks include the payment of Activity Based Income (ABI) by suppliers. This is an amount based on an individual Trust’s use of that framework and is paid back to that particular Trust as a reduction in their membership fee.

What is the OJEU process?

When we identify new requirements for our NHS members, we are obliged to follow the formal procurement process under EU legislation. Tender opportunities are advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). It is only by responding to a contract notice in the OJEU that you can tender to become a supplier on one of LPP's framework agreements. Find out more including links to Tenders Electronic Daily in the Suppliers area of our website.

What is a Dynamic Purchasing System?

A Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) is unlike a traditional framework for the supply of goods, works or services. A DPS is an electronic system which suppliers can join at any time.

An 'open market' solution, a DPS is designed to give buyers access to a pool of pre-qualified suppliers. Usually set up by central purchasing bodies, such as NHS LPP, the DPS is available for use by the public sector.

A DPS can be divided into categories of works, services or goods, known as Lots, which may specify contract size or the geographical area of contract delivery. Suppliers can apply to be listed on single or multiple lots within a DPS. A DPS offers many benefits for both suppliers and buyers.

For information on NHS LPP’s Dynamic Purchasing Systems (such as our Minor Works and Language Services Dynamic Purchasing Systems), which allow qualified suppliers to join at any point during the life of the DPS, please follow this link.


Where do you advertise your staff vacancies?

We advertise our team vacancies through Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’s recruitment team. NHS LPP is hosted by the Trust. Find out more in the Work for Us section of our website and on our LinkedIn page

Does NHS LPP use interim procurement staff?

Yes, when a particular piece of work requires additional support. Generally we use agency partners on the Non-clinical Temporary and Fixed-term Staff Framework

Does NHS LPP offer apprenticeships?

Yes, when appropriate, we offer apprenticeships through the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Education and Development Team