Decision details

Contract award to DPS providers for Targeted Testing at Scale

Decision Maker: Chief Executive/Accountable Officer NHS Oldham CCG

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


The TTaS programme aims to offer twice weekly testing to people who cannot work from home and do not have symptoms of coronavirus.
Much of the current delivery model was able to mobilise at pace as the Council drew upon exemptions to procurement rules. To deliver at scale there were no alternatives to the current providers and current operating model.
To continue offering targeted testing at pace under a new model under a clinic based multi-site delivery model (for example a pharmacy-led) where there are no direct site costs, no direct staffing costs, no direct clinical waste costs, no additional clinical governance to be commissioned nor additional clinical insurance requirements to the LA.
Oldham Council has worked to commission a framework for a clinic based multi-site delivery model (for example a pharmacy-led) has been tendered under the Pseudo Dynamic Purchasing System whereby individual entities bid to deliver the testing service. The Pseudo DPS allows suppliers who have previously completed a tender and failed to gain entry onto the DPS, they have an opportunity to complete a tender again at any time. Throughout the duration of the DPS, any supplier can complete and submit a tender to be admitted onto the system as long as they can meet the mandatory requirements and minimum quality standards laid out in the Tender documents.
It was agreed on 16th February 2021 for the Chief Executive to use emergency powers in consultation with Councillor Fielding, Leader of the Council and Councillor Shah portfolio holder for COVID-19, to award the contract following completion of the tender evaluation processes, on behalf of the Council.
The recommendation is to admit the providers that met criteria.The contract term is for a period of one year up to the end of 31 March 2022.


To award contracts for the provision of Oldham’s Targeted Testing at Scale longer term provision – Pseudo Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) as part of Oldham’s strategy to contain, manage and ultimately defeat Coronavirus. A change to the existing model is required to maximise cost effectiveness and ensure the service does not create a financial deficit for the Council.

Reasons for the decision:

Option 1: Stand down the targeted testing at scale on the 31st March 2021.
Option 2: To award contracts in accordance with the results of the tendering exercise.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1: Stand down the targeted testing at scale on the 31st March 2021.

Publication date: 30/03/2021

Date of decision: 16/03/2021

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