School Aged Immunisation Service – South West England – Market Briefing Event 26 August 2021

School Aged Immunisation Service – South West England – Market Briefing Event 26 August 2021

The geographical Lots and contract length are still to be determined; however, the approximate annual value is £2,000,000 across the whole geography.

Market Briefing Event – School Aged Immunisation Service in Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES), Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire

NHS South Central and West Commissioning Support Unit

Contract summary



  • Health services – 85100000

Location of contract

South West

Procurement reference

WA11567 – Market Briefing

Published date

26 July 2021

Closing date

23 August 2021

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NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) is holding a Market Briefing Event via Microsoft Teams on 26th August 2021 from 10-11am in relation to School Aged Immunisation (SAI) Services within the Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES), Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire areas.

To register a place on the Market Briefing Event please send a correspondence through the relevant project on the e-tendering portal at the link below by Midday on Monday 23rd August 2021, once registered a link for the Teams event will be sent via email:

The correspondence should include the following information:
Name of attendee(s)
Job Title
Email Address
Phone Number

At this stage, it is the Commissioner’s intention to undertake a procure ment exercise with the aim of securing high quality, responsive, safe and sustainable School Aged Immunisation programmes for BaNES, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire (BGSW).

Whilst precise timelines are to be confirmed, the Commissioner anticipates that an Invitation to Tender (ITT) will be published in September 2021. The new contracts are scheduled to start in August 2022.

The geographical lots and contract length are still to be determined; however, the approximate annual value is £2,000,000 across the whole geography.

This notice is placed as a Prior Information Notice in order for providers to register for the Market Briefing Event and relates only to pre-procurement market engagement. Providers who express interest at this stage are not bound to participate in any future procurement exercise.

This exercise is being carried out by NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit (SCW) on behalf of the Commissioners.

This notice is an information gathering exercise rather than a call for competition in its own right, and therefore publication or response does not commit NHSEI or respondees to a future procurement, nor provide any process exemptions or preferential treatment to any parties expressing an interest. NHSEI will not be liable for costs incurred by any interested party in participating in this exercise.

The services are healthcare services falling within Schedule 3 to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (“the Regulations”), which are not subject to the full regime of the Regulations, but are instead governed by the “Light Touch Regime” contained within Chapter 3, Section 7 of the Regulations (Regulations 74 to 77).


More information


Additional text
Immunisation is one of the most successful and cost-effective health protection interventions. High immunisation rates are key to preventing the spread of infectious disease, complications and possible early death among individuals and to protecting the population’s health.

School Aged Immunisation programmes provide vaccinations to all children and young people of school age, whether they attend state school, independent school, complex needs schools or alternative settings. Children and young people that are educated at home can attend community clinics or their local school to receive the vaccines. Vaccinations are provided, on behalf of the NHS, in line with the National Childhood Immunisation Programme which aims to prevent school aged children from developing vaccine preventable childhood diseases that are associated with significant mortality and morbidity

The programmes currently in scope are:
• Diphtheria, tetanus and poliomyelitis (Td/IPV adolescent booster);
• Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY);
• Human papillomavirus (HPV);
• Seasonal influenza (flu) immunisation programmes for school aged children; and
• Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) catch-up.

This scope may be extended in future to include additional programmes or cohorts as advised/recommended by the Joint Committee of Vaccinations and Immunisations and/or at the request of the Commissioner.

Objectives of service
The aim of the service will be achieved by delivering safe and effective, evidence-based, population-wide immunisation programmes. The service offer will incorporate the following features:

• a planned and co-ordinated programme of timely delivery with strong local leadership focussed on maximising coverage and uptake
• identification of, and full offer to, the whole eligible population, with repeated offers until school leaving age as required to achieve maximum coverage
• delivery in a way which addresses local health inequalities, tailoring and targeting interventions when necessary
• the service will be delivered in a culturally sensitive way to meet the needs of local diverse populations
• safe and effective delivery by suitably trained, competent healthcare professionals with effective use of skill mix to achieve efficiency and value for money
• accurate and timely recording, collation and reporting of vaccinations both for individuals and at population level
• a programme of promotion activities to encourage vaccine uptake. This will include collaborating with and supporting NHS England and NHS Improvement and Public Health England in any campaigns or activities they undertake
There is an expectation that the contract holder(s) for all lots will work with public health nursing and other children’s services across the geography/ies to maximise collaboration and opportunities for an integrated service offer and delivery.


How to apply


Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.


About the buyer


Contact name

Rebecca Rogers


South Plaza,Marlborough Street