4th July 2016

New Outpatient Pharmacy Dispensing Framework - LPP

Lord Carter’s “Operational Productivity and Performance in English NHS Acute Hospitals: Unwarranted Variations” report highlights the pharmacy activity, which calls for a clinically focused pharmacy staff to deal with outpatient dispensing to free up the clinical time in the increasing NHS organisation.

The London Procurement Partnership (LPP) has decided to build a new framework, which will provide fast track procurement solutions for NHS organisations to generate efficiencies and service improvements in the Outpatient Pharmacy Dispensing (OPD). The new framework is agreed for those NHS Trusts who wish to subcontract their OPD services. The LPP members and NHS organisations in all UK will be able to accelerate and streamline the procurement process by the new framework.

Furtherance, the LPP intends to standardise the approach and simplify the processes for the NHS Trusts and suppliers by creating a competition toolkit. The toolkit will set a level of standardisation of headline governance and outline specification in the local level. As its achievement, LPP members and NHS organisations will realise an early benefits.

The Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) in a Prior Information Notice has invited for interested suppliers to engage and participate in the development of this framework agreement. The benefits from this project to the suppliers are critical, as the new OPD framework is believed to be the first for its kind. Correspondingly, stakeholders’ understandings to toolkit features, its customer base and generic specification are vague.

Following LPP personnel are involved in the project and can be contacted for further information.

  • Secondary Care Lead, the LPP Medicines Optimisation and Pharmacy Procurement work stream: Phil Aubrey
  • Project Manager in delivery of the framework agreement: Marc Osborne
  • NHS Lead, the LPP Medicines Optimisation and Pharmacy Procurement work stream: Tim Root


The LPP has targeted the end of December for framework agreement completion and its availability for LPP members and NHS organisations. Its detail timetable will be published soon once it is completed. However, its target dates have been set up.

  • 10th June 2016: Publication on OJEU of PIN inviting suppliers to engage in the framework
  • 30th June 2016: Deadline for suppliers to the PIN
  • 30th July 2016: Completion of informal supplier engagement
  • 5th August 2016: Last day for tender documentation including legal review
  • 8th August 2016: Advertise in OJEU for tender documents to the market (Open procedure)
  • 30th September 2016: Deadline for tender receipt
  • 31st October 2016: Completion of evaluation and recommendation for award
  • 25th November 2016: Award for framework agreement
  • 23rd December 2016: Launch of framework agreement to the appliers/ further development of competition toolkit
  • 2nd January 2017: Framework Agreement to go live.

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