Have your say on our new Health Sector Resourcing agreement

We are developing a new commercial agreement called Health Sector Resourcing to replace our existing agency and bank staffing agreements that expire next year:

  • Workforce Management (RM1072) expires 14 June 2019
  • Non Medical Non Clinical Resource (RM971) expires 30 June 2019
  • Multidisciplinary Temporary Healthcare Professionals (RM3711) expires 31 August 2019

Health Sector Resourcing will cover the provision of clinical and non-clinical temporary workers, permanent clinical workers, staff bank solutions and joined up bank and agency solutions and tailored resourcing approaches.

Have your say

We have recently published a Prior Information Notice (PIN) and are using this consultation period to engage widely with customers, suppliers and industry bodies to gauge opinion as we continue to develop the scope of the agreement.

We welcome feedback from all and will be offering you the chance to have your say through a range of stakeholder engagement events, including webinars and customer boards.

If you would like to get involved please get in touch stating ‘Health Sector Resourcing’ in the comments box.

Help us evaluate our Legal Services supplier bids

We are currently developing a new legal services framework for the wider public sector, to replace the recently expired Legal Services framework (RM919). The Wider Public Sector Legal Services framework will help organisations including NHS trusts, schools, universities, local authorities and charities access expert legal advice from a diverse range of small, medium and large firms, across a vast range of legal specialisms.

The framework will offer you a choice of options:

  • Regional lot – bidders will have the opportunity to demonstrate expertise in a minimum of one mandatory legal area and one UK region
  • ‘Full service’ lot – designed to deliver a suite of mandatory legal services across multiple disciplines within the jurisdictional areas of England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • Three specialist lots – with UK wide coverage; Property & Construction, Rail and Cost Lawyer Services.

Other key features include the ability to direct award, as well as run further competitions, and expanded services offering covering practice areas targeted specifically to wider public sector organisations.

Get involved

We’re looking for people to help evaluate the supplier bids to ensure we have the most capable suppliers, which offer best value for money and meet your needs. It’s a great learning and development opportunity as well.

What’s involved?

You’ll be given 1 question to evaluate. How long it will take to evaluate the question will depend on how you choose to plan your time. Training will be provided and will take about 40 minutes.

If you’re interested in getting involved and would like to find out more please get in touch stating ‘WPS Legal Services evaluation’ in the comments box.

20 June

Construction Works Agreement – Customer Engagement Webinar & Survey

We are continuing to engage with the market, and more specifically, potential customers of the new Construction Works Contractors agreement which has been projected to be worth £30bn over a potential 7 year period.

CCS construction site with digger

The framework is being developed to support public bodies to build, maintain and dispose of their buildings. It will be longer term than other CCS commercial agreements, to account for the length and complexity of some major projects within the Government pipeline. It is being developed to support delivery of the Government Construction Strategy and Industrial Strategy.

Following Industry Days in Manchester and Solihull, as well as one-to-one sessions in Liverpool and London, we will be hosting a customer webinar.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday 20 June at 10:00 amregister now.

The webinar will help customers understand how the agreement can help them with their varied needs and will also provide an update on the timeline and lotting structure. It is aimed for both central government and the wider public sector organisations.

Shaping the future for electronic vehicle charging

I mentioned in my previous blog following the Smart Cities conference that although smart city transformation is expanding throughout the UK, cities still face major challenges in making this vision reality.

With smart city technology being adopted across a range of sectors, citizens are now able to make more informed decisions. One of the key challenges is the implementation of charging infrastructure and wireless charging for electric vehicles.

In order to ensure that local government are able to reach their goals, effective collaboration is essential as it will ensure that our resources are being used as efficiently as possible.

Innovate UK and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles are running three workshops on 30th April (Manchester), 1st May (Bristol) and 3rd May (London); where they will work with key parties interested to identify how support could be best directed for innovation in urban systems and designs to provide electronic vehicle charging infrastructure for on-street parking & wireless charging across the UK.

If you are interested in attending the consultation event, please register to indicate your interest.

Here at CCS our Traffic Management Technology 2 framework aligns with the smart cities agenda, meaning we can help you with all of your electronic vehicle charging infrastructure needs as well as an end to end digital solution for traffic management.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you, please get in touch.

A bespoke technology solution for Education providers

Did you know that CCS provides a technology framework specifically for Education providers?

If you are looking for a simple and efficient way to source your technology requirements, look no further – our ICT Services for Education (RM1050) framework provides a one-stop shop for all your technology needs.

Developed in collaboration with Department for Education (DfE) and Education and Skills Funding Agency (EFSA), the framework offers a comprehensive range of products from specialist technology services to hardware and infrastructure:

ICT products

  • Laptops
  • Servers
  • Software e.g Operating systems, SIMs
  • AV equipment e.g Interactive whiteboards


  • Integration, Implementation and testing
  • Support and Maintenance


  • Supply and fit into existing builds/new builds
  • Full or partial managed service – on-site or remotely
  • Training

All of the services on this agreement can be procured as a packaged solution, in any combination, or singular, depending on your requirements. It also access to a diverse pool of suppliers, ranging from small to large enterprises, and provides you a simple route to market without the need to publish your requirements via an OJEU.

Not sure on how to complete an EOI (Expression of interest) or ITT (Invite To Tender)?

We have templates and guidance for you to use and we are happy to help you manage your organisation’s buying process smoothly and efficiently.

Get in touch today to find out how CCS can save you time and money by simplifying your ICT procurement.

Join the conversation – follow CCS on LinkedIn and Twitter for all the latest news.

Help us to find a new name for our Mystery Shopper Service

CCS provides an important service which offers a route to suppliers to anonymously raise concerns about potential poor practice in public sector procurement.

Currently this is known as the Mystery Shopper service. Feedback has told us that the this name does not describe what we do well and users have experienced difficulty in finding us online.

To help us find a new name, we have put together a short survey to find out what suppliers and buyers like you think about the service. We want to create a new name which:

    • describes the service better,

    • supports users when searching for it,

  • increases awareness of this important service to encourage suppliers to use it

The survey can be accessed here and will take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. The survey will be open until 25 April.

All concerns submitted via the service are investigated by CCS and recommendations are made to the public sector buyer on how to remedy the specific problem. This could mean adjusting a live procurement; recommending a change on a future procurement; or helping ensure suppliers get paid for work they have undertaken.

The service is extremely important as it contributes to shaping public procurement policy allows us identify barriers that prevent SMEs from doing more business with the public sector.

As such, we would be grateful if you could provide your invaluable feedback and appreciate your time.

If you would like to find out more about the service click here.

Are you looking for marketing and research support?

Did you know we have ready to use framework agreements for all of your marketing, communications and research needs?

Our frameworks cover a range of services from insight and research, strategy development, media and channel planning, PR, creative, digital, production, events, and partnership marketing to media space, media monitoring, analysis and evaluation. The agencies on the frameworks have been through a rigorous OJEU procurement exercise to gain their place and we work with over 100 agencies; enabling you to tap into the very best expertise and talent in the industry.

Spread your message

As the 4th biggest buyer of media in the UK, our Media Buying framework offers very competitive discounts in the market for all offline and online media regionally, nationally and internationally. The deal is open to all public sector bodies including charities.  The existing contract runs until November this year and we’re currently running  the pitch process for the replacement contract following extensive industry and user engagement. If you’d like to take advantage of our buying power please get in touch.

Monitor your media coverage

Do you know what’s being said about your charity in the media? Tap into industry leading expertise with our Media Monitoring framework, which will enable you to monitor, analyse and evaluate press, online, broadcast and social media coverage all in one place efficiently and cost effectively.


In addition to our marketing and communications frameworks, which provide access to some of the best agency expertise, we have just expanded our portfolio into research with a new Behavioural Insights framework and a Research Marketplace which brings social, economic and market research into one place.

Want to find out more?

If you’d like to see how CCS can help you with your marketing and research needs, please get in touch or visit our framework pages.

Can we help you with your apprenticeship training?

I was pleased to support National Apprenticeship Week last month, celebrating the success of apprenticeships and how they benefit people, businesses, communities and our economy.

The value of apprenticeships

I see first-hand how much young people achieve from undertaking an apprenticeship as my daughter and son are currently serving apprenticeships with HMRC and BT. I also work with apprentices across CCS, and I am proud to see the societal impact and economic benefits of our work.

Apprenticeships represent an excellent investment for public sector employers, delivering significant benefits for the taxpayer. Did you know apprenticeships provide a typical return of £26–£28 for every £1 of investment at levels 2 and 3?

How we can help

Accessing Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) registered apprenticeship training can be complex and costly, which is why we developed our Apprenticeship Training and Related Services framework (RM3823). It covers 12 common curriculum areas of apprenticeship training, and is designed to help you set up your own apprenticeship programmes efficiently and effectively, supporting the development of the next generation of public sector workers.

Over the last few months the framework has generated c. 500 apprenticeship starts, with many more in the pipeline, which will support the public sector targets.

Why use the framework?

Choosing to use our framework to support your apprenticeship training will ensure that you are:

  • Compliant with public procurement regulations, ESFA Apprenticeships Funding and Performance Management Rules
  • Getting great value – on average, the prices paid through the framework are 22% below the upper limits on apprenticeship charges set by the ESFA
  • Using a standardised general specification of requirements, with pre-agreed terms and conditions
  • Supporting SMEs – 6 suppliers out of 16 prime suppliers are SMEs (38%), with a further 6 SMEs in the supply chains

What does the framework offer?

  • Apprenticeship Levy advice and guidance
  • Development and delivery of apprenticeship training curriculum and programmes
  • Robust processes to support the development of apprenticeship programmes across your organisation
  • An Individual Learner Record (ILR) and portal which enables authorised users to log the progress of the training and development of the apprentice throughout the scheme
  • End Point Assessment process leading to the award of a certificate of apprenticeship by a third party certification body
  • Future-proofing by allowing additional new apprenticeships standards

What types of apprentice training can you buy?

Training is broken down into the following areas:

  • Leadership & management
  • Project management
  • Operational delivery
  • Human resources
  • Finance & tax
  • Digital
  • Customer service
  • Commercial
  • Business administration
  • Property
  • Higher level leadership
  • Higher level digital

Find out more

To learn more about the framework and how to access it:

Visit the framework page

Get in touch

Call us on 0345 410 2222

You may also like to know I am working on a strategy to launch a new commercial solution with a wider scope later this year. Watch this space for more details…