Orthodontic Services in Oxford, Thame, Eastleigh and Dover to NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/I) South East
Published date: 25 May 2022
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Contract summary
• Orthodontic services – 85131100
Location of contract
South East
Value of contract
Procurement reference
Published date
25 May 2022
Closing date
6 July 2022
Closing time
Contract start date
1 April 2023
Contract end date
31 March 2032
Contract type
Service contract
Procedure type
Open procedure (above threshold)
Contract is suitable for SMEs?
Contract is suitable for VCSEs?

NHSE/I South East (the Commissioner) are seeking to recommission Level 2 and 3a NHS Orthodontic Services in the Oxford, Thame, Eastleigh and Dover areas. The Commissioner will be contracting for the services using the Standard clauses for a Personal Dental Services (PDS) agreement.

The contract term will be for an initial period of 7 years, with an option to extend for a further 2 years at the sole discretion of the Commissioner and is due to commence on 1st April 2023.

The Commissioner has a budget range available from a minimum of £60.28 to a maximum of £64.68 per Unit of Orthodontic Activity based on 21/22 prices. The maximum budget per annum for all Lots is £2,393,160. 

The procurement is split into 4 lots so as to provide maximum flexibility to both the Commissioner and Bidders and interested parties may bid for 1 or 2 lots. The Commissioners seek tender responses from providers who have the capability and capacity to undertake such a contract.

Orthodontics is the dental specialty concerned with facial growth, development of the dentition and occlusion, and the assessment, diagnosis, interception and treatment of malocclusions and facial irregularities.

The overall aim of the service is to provide equitable, accessible, high quality and cost effective specialist orthodontic services, in line with the National Guide for Commissioning Orthodontics 2015 and NHS PDS Agreements Regulations 2005.

Orthodontics is mainly provided for children and adolescents who meet the agreed criteria for NHS treatment and for adults where there is clinical justification and where prior approval has been agreed with the commissioner. 

The service includes:
• Assessment and treatment delivered according to each patient’s clinical needs, including interceptive treatment and in hours urgent care
• Treatment includes examination, taking of radiographs, diagnosis, preventative care, advice, planning of orthodontic treatment, supply and repair of orthodontic appliances including retainers for a period of 12 months following the completion of active orthodontic treatment
• Appropriate referral to other healthcare providers for mandatory or advanced mandatory services or any other appropriate and necessary healthcare
• Advice to the patient and other clinicians where appropriate

The contracts are limited to orthodontic treatment within complexity Level 2 and 3a and excludes all mandatory services and the following additional services; sedation and domiciliary services, minor oral surgery, dental public health services and orthodontic complexity level 1 and 3b cases.

Interested parties who wish to take part in the procurement are invited to take part in an Invitation to Tender (ITT) process, based on the open procedure and designed to identify the most economically advantageous tender and therefore determine the incoming provider.

All ITT responses must be returned by 12 noon on 6th July 2022 at the latest.

How to apply
Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.

About the buyer
Contact name
Hannah Morley
NHS England and NHS Improvement South East, York House, 18-20 Massetts Road

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