Major NHS procurement framework win for Freshwater

Freshwater has been awarded a place on two lots of a major national public sector health procurement framework, providing it with the opportunity to partner with NHS organisations across the UK for the next four years.

The Consult 18: Multidisciplinary Consultancy Services framework was established by NHS Shared Business Services with the aim of saving the public purse more than £25million over the next four years. Any public sector organisation is able to procure services through the framework, with a typical saving of ten per cent compared with procuring directly from a supplier.

Freshwater went through a rigorous competitive process to prove it met crucial criteria to secure a framework place. The agency excelled in areas including sector experience, quality and value-for-money, highlighting its strengths in both healthcare leadership and healthcare communications consultancy.

Freshwater successfully secured places on the following two lots:

• Healthcare Business Consultancy – Leadership, Governance & Strategy
• Healthcare Service, Development & Transformation

Freshwater chief executive Angharad Neagle said: “Freshwater already has an extensive body of experience working with the NHS, and securing a coveted place on this framework will enable us to forge further partnerships with NHS organisations across the country.”

Freshwater has decades of experience working alongside NHS organisations across England and Wales, delivering projects ranging from largescale transformation programmes through to profile-raising and political engagement projects.

Securing a place on the Consult 18 framework appointment follows the company’s previous appointment to two important government frameworks.

Angharad added: “Judging by the levels of success we’ve had through our place on both the Government Communication Service Framework and Welsh Government Communications and Marketing Framework, I feel immensely positive about this framework win, and look forward to further strengthening our work with the NHS and wider public sector.”