Cardiac Diagnostics Equipment Buying Guide
Through this framework agreement, we provide a comprehensive range of:
- Electrocardiograph Core Equipment
- Stress Testing Equipment
- Interpretation Services and Management Systems
- Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS).
The name of the framework is Cardiac Diagnostic Equipment, Technologies and Related Equipment and Services.
There are two Lots on this framework covering the following product areas:
Covers all types of Electrocardiograph Equipment for utilisation in a variety of care settings. This includes:
- Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitors
- Ambulatory ECG Monitoring
- ECG Devices
- Services – Interpretation, Management Systems, TECS.
Stress Testing and Related Fitness Equipment
A range of stress testing or related fitness equipment including:
- Cardiac Stress Testing
- Cardiopulmonary, Pulmonary Function Testing and Lung Function Testing
- Fitness Equipment
- Services – Interpretation, Management Systems.
The procurement of this framework was undertaken following extensive engagement with various stakeholders.
They included Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT), trade bodies, customers and suppliers.
An improved way to purchase cardiac diagnostics equipment, technologies and services
A compliant contracting solution for NHS trusts, improvements include:
- Remote interpretation
- Wearable devices
- Commitment discount for volume, across one or multiple purchases.
The 37 suppliers on the framework offer an extensive range of high quality products to help drive innovation and deliver savings.
The procurement of this framework was undertaken following extensive engagement with various stakeholders including GIRFT, trade bodies, customers and suppliers to deliver a compliant contracting solution for the NHS trusts.
Our framework agreement for this area is managed by NHS Supply Chain: Diagnostic, Pathology and Therapy Technologies and Services.
With Objective Conditions, Framework Pricing and various Discount Models customers can use the option to Direct Award Call-Off their purchases and contracts.
Customers may elect to conduct a Further Competition where their specific requirements for goods and services, including managed services, are not defined in the framework agreement (but are covered within the scope of the specification).
This page provides an overview of how we can support you with your purchasing requirements for Cardiac Diagnostics Equipment, Technologies and Related Equipment and Services.
|Supplier||Lot 1||Lot 2|
|Bealo Co Ltd||X|
|Braun & Company||X|
|Edan Medical Uk||X|
|GE Medical Systems||X||X|
|Henry Schein UK||X|
|Medical Graphics Uk||X|
|Microlife Health Management||X|
|Microport CRM UK||X|
|Mindray UK Ltd||X|
|Regents Park Healthcare||X|
See our Downloads ▼ section for:
- Awarded Suppliers Matrix – An Excel file showing the awarded suppliers by Lot on the framework.
- Product Matrix – An Excel file detailing the products available within each product area and the suppliers that supply against each of these areas.
- Framework Specification Lot 1 – An Excel file of the framework agreement specification for Lot 1 to support your understanding of the products and services this framework has to offer.
- Framework Specification Lot 2 – An Excel file of the framework agreement specification for Lot 2 to support your understanding of the products and services this framework agreement has to offer.
- Statement of Requirements (SOR) and Quote Form for ECG Systems – An Excel file used to capture your requirements and enables us to provide accurate framework quotations against your specific requirements.
- Statement of Requirements (SOR) and Quote Form for Holter Equipment – An Excel file used to capture your requirements and enables us to provide accurate framework quotations against your specific requirements.
- Statement of Requirements (SOR) for Stress Testing Equipment – An Excel file used to capture your requirements in this area.
Purchasing through the framework
The framework can be used in a number of ways (in accordance with Regulation 19 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and any subsequent amendment of re-enactment thereof) either by ‘calling-off’ – making a Direct Award, or by re-opening competition and running a Further Competition exercise amongst suppliers within one of the framework’s categories.
Purchasing through the framework – Direct Award process and timelines
Typical process if you have already obtained a quotation from the supplier:
- Send quotation to our Procurement Delivery team.
- Products checked against the framework to ensure the supplier has been awarded, the products are listed and the pricing is in line.
- We then issue you with a Unique Reference Number (URN).
- Average time – two or three days (may be longer for more complex requirements).
Note: if any accessories or options are not listed on the framework, we may be able to complete a range extension to the framework.
Please contact us with any questions regarding the Direct Award process or timelines.
Typical process if you have the specification of your requirements and require a quotation from the supplier:
- Review framework specification and relevant call off contract to ensure the Direct Award process is appropriate.
- Complete Statement of Requirements (SOR) and send to NHS Supply Chain.
- Our Procurement Delivery team obtains and validates quotes from suppliers.
- Check quotations and select supplier.
- We issue a URN and advise successful supplier.
We understand the importance of providing a quick and easy ordering process for our customers. We have a range of templates, documents and guidance materials to support you.
Purchasing through the framework – Further Competition process and timelines
You may decide you wish to complete a Further Competition under our framework. We have a range of templates and resources to guide you through the process. These cover the process from specification through to Invitation to Tender (ITT), including guidance material and are available on request. Please contact:
See our Useful Links section for further information on the Roles and Responsibilities for a Further Competition.
The average time that it takes to complete a Further Competition varies greatly as it is mainly down to the preparation of the documents which are completed by the customer. We can discuss your project and the relevant timelines with you when you are ready to initiate the project.
More information about our framework and how the tender was evaluated
The procurement process we undertook was based upon an open tendering procedure as detailed in the European Communities Combined Directive (2004/18/EC).
As there were two Lots in the tender, we evaluated each Lot based on Lot specific criteria, reflecting the different markets these Lots address.
The evaluation involved two stages, qualifying and award; those tender submissions that met the qualifying criteria were then scored against the award criteria.
During the tender extensive pricing and discount structures were captured from all the suppliers for both evaluated lines and additional lines
The qualifying criteria included assessment of the following:
- Compliance of bid
- Regulatory compliance of devices and products
- Compliance with contract regulations
- Compliance with terms and conditions.
For both Lots, the award element of the evaluation was subsequently carried out based on quality (60%) and price (40%).
The quality score added to the price score gave the total of points, and a position on the framework was awarded to all suppliers meeting the 50% overall threshold within each Lot.
Please note: If you are looking to carry out Further Competition, these thresholds can be changed to meet your individual requirements.
Next steps and support
If you are interested in purchasing through our framework then please get in touch and we will be happy to talk you through the process and answer any questions you may have.
For all enquiries or to purchase via a Direct Award or Further Competition please complete our enquiry form and a member of our Procurement Delivery team will be in touch.
Your Customer Relationship Manager is also able to assist with your purchasing requirements and can help you understand the different routes to market.
In addition to the various documents, templates and further information outlined in this guide, we can also provide:
- Call-Off Contracts – These will be issued by us upon award of any Direct Award or Further Competition process. Both you and your successful supplier will be given the opportunity to review and sign.
- Order Form – this document is a form of contract between you and your successful supplier and includes the specification specification and all relevant information regarding the award and contract placed.