Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who are the Consortium Members?

A: The Consortium's membership currently numbers some 39 organisations, comprising in the main of NHS Trusts, and 1 University.

Q: What services does the Consortium provide?

A: The Consortium provides a detailed service to all its members in the compilation and provision of the Approved list of Service Providers and making every effort to assist the members in gaining maximum benefit by employing best practice procedures. The list is designed to ensure compliance with the requirements for Public Accountability and HM Treasury when procuring works related services within the Public Sector.

Q: Why become an Approved Service Provider?

A: Inclusion on the North West Consortium of NHS Trusts’ approved list assists companies and consultants to tender for the provision of contracts/consultancy services at any of the hospitals and health care premises administered by the members.

Q: How much does it cost to become an Approved Service Provider?

A: As the North West Consortium is a non profit making organisation an administration fee of £150.00 for the initial application to cover one category of work is required plus £25.00 for each additional category of work applied for. This is not an annual fee and if the application is successful will be valid for 5 years after which time the listing will be reviewed

Q: How are Service Providers selected for Approved Listing?

A: The selection procedure for inclusion on the North West Consortium’s Approved List of Contractors and Consultants is carried out by the Management Board and is designed to provide an assessment of the applicants organisational, financial and employment capabilities.

Q: What criteria need to be met to become an Approved Service Provider?

A: Financial stability over the immediate past three year period, satisfactory references, valid insurances, satisfactory experience and qualifications, evidence of “Health and Safety at Work Act” compliance and adequacy of resources.