Health Scotland is required to comply with a framework of legislation including
- EU Directives on public procurement
- the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014
- other related policies and our own internal governance.
Health Scotland’s procurement services are provided by the Scottish Ambulance Service under a shared service arrangement which also includes Healthcare Improvement Scotland. For more information about the procurement service, please visit their web page.
Health Scotland has a Buyer Profile on the Public Contracts Scotland website where information about Health Scotland’s procurement is provided. Contract notices for Health Scotland can be found on the Scottish Ambulance Service’s Buyer Profile, and they will be clearly identified as Health Scotland contracts.
Health Scotland is committed to the shared service Procurement Strategy 2015 – 2018, which was signed off by all the shared service partners in 2015.
Health Scotland buys goods and services by competition wherever possible, in line with government policy and the relevant legislation. The procurement process complies with Health Scotland’s own Standing Financial Instructions, The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 and The Procurement (Scotland) Regulations 2016.
Health Scotland seeks to achieve best value for the items that most closely meet its requirements. Contract award decisions are based on the assessment of a range of evaluation criteria specific to the goods or services being purchased. For contracts above the EU thresholds, these criteria and the relevant weightings are included in the contract notice and/or tender documentation.
Health Scotland buys a range of goods, services and works. Our contract register is updated regularly.
Please email nhs.HealthScotland-Contracts@nhs.net with any questions about our contracts.