Tender for Laboratories Managed Service

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde require a Provider/Contractor to provide a Managed Laboratory Service.

The Provision of a Laboratories Managed Service on behalf of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Contract summary



  • Laboratory services – 71900000

Location of contract


Value of contract

£1 to £393,548,112

Procurement reference


Published date

1 August 2022

Closing date

4 October 2022

Closing time


Contract start date

12 September 2023

Contract end date

11 September 2039

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (above threshold)

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) are acting on behalf of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, to obtain a Contractor for The Provision of a Laboratories Managed Service.NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHS GG&C) require a Provider/Contractor to provide a Managed Laboratory Service for the large majority of analyses performed within the NHS GG&C Laboratory Medicine Department across the full range of laboratory specialties. The maximum affordability limit for the total Contract (including any potential extensions) is 393,548,112 GBP and the Contract will be for the duration of a 7 year initial period with either the option to extend for 2 further periods of 7 years and 2 years or a single further period of 2 years only, with a service commencement date of 12th September 2023. NHS GG&C is the largest of 14 territorial NHS Boards in Scotland. It serves a population of 1.2 million and employs circa 39,000 staff. Therefore it is essential that the proposed solution to provide the Managed Service is customised to the operational and clinical requirements of all Departments. The individual requirements for the Procurement are:-

– A – General – includes Board IT Requirements
– B – Biochemistry & Immunology – includes electrophoresis & POCT
– C – Haematology and H&I – includes electrophoresis & POCT
– D – Genetics
– E – Pathology
– F – Microbiology, Virology and Reference Laboratories – includes POCT
– G – Blood / Urine / Fluid Collection Systems
– H – Ultra Low Freezers/Incubators/Centrifuges/Gases

It is anticipated that the proposed solution will provide new equipment and therefore any costs related to this should be costed within the submission. Further information on the full services required can be found within the Tender pack and Providers wishing to express an interest in participating in this Invitation to Tender (ITT) should register their interest on http://discovery.ariba.com/rfx/13726003 to access the documentation required to provide the Service. The ITT documentation should be completed and submitted by 9am on 4th October 2022.

NHS GG&C are happy to offer site visits to help the bidders in their tender preparation. These will be available from 8th August until 16th September 2022. Bidders can access these by contacting Lesley O’Donnell at lesley.o’donnell@ggc.scot.nhs.uk


More information


Additional text
Location of the Tender pack can be found using the following Link – http://discovery.ariba.com/rfx/13726003
Adverts have also been placed on FTS and PCS.After consideration of the most recent clarification question and previous questions, NHS GG&C have carefully considered a number of different submission options to ensure the least impact and inconvenience for Suppliers regarding the size limits of Bid submissions. Therefore, bid submissions are required to be submitted slightly differently than as described in the Bidder Instructions. To ensure size limitations are mitigated, all Bid responses must be provided on a word document, containing a link to a Secure File Transfer, which should be uploaded to the this Tendering site. The word document should contain the name of the Supplier and third parties with a direct clickable link to the secure file transfer location. It is NHS GG&Cs preference that no password is used, however, if a password is required, then this should also be included within the Word document. It is the responsibility of the Supplier to ensure that the Link works and is accessible to NHS GG&C. Any responses received after the deadline of 9am on 4th October 2022 will not be accepted. It can also be confirmed that any documents or bid submissions with time stamps after this deadline will be disqualified and Suppliers will be excluded from the Procurement process. NHS SBS on behalf of NHS GG&C will review time stamps when completing the tender download following the tender deadline. For the avoidance of doubt this decision has been taken to ensure the least detrimental impact on suppliers and to ensure fairness, non-bias, transparency and equality. The Contract Notice relating to this Procurement will also be updated to reflect this change in submission format. Should any Supplier have issues with the bid submission approach please send a message via the messaging section of the portal. However, it can be confirmed that no other clarification questions will be responded to.


How to apply


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


About the buyer


Contact name

Rachael Frank




0161 212 3714