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DHSC request 4PL services to assist NHS Test and Trace supply chain

18 September 2020/Categories: CILT, Industry News, Coronavirus, Freight Forwarding, Logistics & Supply Chain, Operations Management

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is seeking to procure 4PL services to manage and co-ordinate the end-to-end supply chain, in order to be able to significantly scale up the number of daily tests as well as making the operations more efficient.

For the purposes of clarity, by 4PL provider is an organisation who will be responsible for the co-ordination and integration of Logistics between DHSC and multiple logistics service providers. The ambition of NHS Test and Trace is to ensure that everyone who needs a test in the UK has access to one.

NHS Test and Trace is the national organisation under the DHSC responsible for conducting Covid-19 testing in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The organisation currently operates the end-to-end supply chain and logistics to support all Covid-19 testing activities via various channels. 

DHSC intends to hold a supplier event, likely to be a Webinar, on 22nd September. This webinar will provide those who may be interested in delivering the above services an opportunity to understand our requirements further and highlight key areas of consideration and innovations. 

CILT members and other organisations are encouraged to register their interest via the DHSC e-Procurement System where further details of the event will become available. If you are not currently registered on our e-Procurement System, please register via this link

In addition, Crown Commercial Services (CCS) is also running a Logistics and Warehousing framework procurement, which includes a lot for 4PL services which may be of interest to CILT members, many of whom will already be involved in the process. 

CCS intends to put in place a Pan Government Collaborative agreement for the provision of Logistics and Warehousing to be utilised by central government departments and all other UK public sector bodies, including local authorities, health, police, fire and rescue, education, devolved administrations and charities. 

It is intended that this commercial agreement will be the recommended vehicle for all logistics and warehousing required by UK public sector bodies, which include central government departments and their arm's length bodies and agencies, non-departmental public bodies, NHS bodies, local authorities, health, police, fire and rescue, education, charities and devolved administrations. 

The duration of the framework agreement is four (4) years with the option to enable customers to let a call-off agreement that may extend beyond the life of the framework agreement.

Find out more and register your interest in the CCS Logistics and Warehousing Framework Procurement today. 


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