Contract Overview

The Business Consultancy Solutions and Advisory Services tender exercise was conducted by HealthTrust Europe and designed to support the NHS and other Public Sector Organisations in managing the dynamics of the consultancy market, offering a simple, compliant route for the procurement of a range of expert consultancy services at competitive rates. It offers users the flexibility of allowing both direct call-off and further competition under the provisions of the framework agreement. 

Lot 5 of the framework agreement includes consultancy and advisory services for Internal Audit & Counter Fraud, External Audit, Account Payable (AP) reviews, VAT reconciliation/reclaim, and Contract compliance reviews. 

  • Free to access: There is no fee for access to competitive pricing. HTE will perform a spend analysis to identify any saving opportunity. 
  • Compliant route to market: The framework will save procurement time and costs. It is fully compliant with the public contracts regulations and with EU Procurement Directives so you do not have to carry out a full EU compliant tender yourself.  
  • Access to market leading suppliers: The majority of leading brands are available through the framework.  
  • Product coverage: The framework also offers an extensive range of product coverage of a supplier’s product portfolio, giving you access to a vast range of products 
  •  Consolidation: The framework provides the incentive for customers to consolidate their requirement with one supplier Reduced costs: The framework offers customers the opportunity to reduce 

Consultancy and Advisory services to include:  

  • Internal Audit & Counter Fraud; 
  • External Audit; 
  • Account Payable (AP) reviews – this will include in depth review of a Participating Authorities AP data, identifying monies in overpayments, missed supplier credit and duplicate payments in order to recover cash; 
  • VAT reconciliation/reclaim; 
  • Contract compliance reviews. This will enable the Participating Authority to maximise recovery of additional spend, facilitate forecasting with accurate and compliant claims made to HMRC. The Supplier may also work with the Participating Authority to identify areas of financial over payment or under recovery. Any firm or individual who carries out a Regulated Activity in the UK, as set out in the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 Regulated Activities Order (RAO) must be Authorised or Registered by the Financial Conduct Authority, unless they are exempt. This includes dual-regulated firms i.e. firms regulated by both the FCA and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA). For details of Regulated Activities, Authorisation and Registration, firm types and exemptions, please go to 

The framework can be accessed via direct award or mini-competition. Further information relating to these options is provided below. Direct award A Participating Authority who intends to award a call-off contract using the Direct Award option shall follow the procedure set out below:

a) shall identify its requirements which may be either general in nature or a specific requirement;

b) identify which Lot/s is relevant to its requirements; 

c) identify which supplier/s are capable of providing the required services by using the Capability Matrix (available upon request);

d) where more than one Supplier is identified using the Capability Matrix, HTE will provide the scoring of the suppliers from the Framework Award Criteria for those suppliers identified to the Participating Authority in order for them to determine the most economically advantageous supplier for its requirements.

Once a Participating Authority has identified which Supplier is best able to meet its requirements in accordance with points a-d above, it may award a call-off contract. The Participating Authority may select more than one Framework Supplier should their requirements cover more than one Framework Supplier and the volume level they are able to indicate to each supplier will be calculated accordingly. 

The following price options are available for direct awards:  

  • Day Rates (time and materials) – This will be based on the day rates suppliers provided in response to the Framework Agreement
  • Fixed Price – This will be based on an agreed number of hours/days for bandings of the Suppliers personnel for a definite specification of services which is not subject to adjustment unless provisions e.g. contract changes are included in the call-off contract.
  • Fixed Price with Milestones – This will be based on an agreed number of hours/days for bandings of the Supplier’s personnel for a definite specification of services which is not subject to adjustment unless provisions, e.g. contract change, are included in the call-off contract. Payment will be made following completion of an agreed set of Milestones, deliverables or performance outcomes. Both parties will agree, prior to contract commencement, the percentage of the fixed fee attached to each Milestone.
  • Retainer – a regular payment by a Participating Authority to the supplier to be on ‘stand-by’ or for an agreement provision of service. The payment enables the Participating Authority to access the skills and experience of that supplier on demand, or for a set period of time based on expected requirements. Unused time is ‘lost’, but if the supplier over delivers the supplier will not charge an additional fee unless the over delivery is significant. 
  • Contingency Fee/Success Fee/Value based saving – where is it is identified that the offering of an alternative financial model would be of benefit to the Participating Authority, the Supplier can propose an alternative model which the Participating Authority can consider. The Participating Authority shall agree to share any financial benefits/gains as a result of the appointment.


Mini Competition 

Where the framework criteria does not provide you with sufficient information to identify the supplier offering best value for money, a mini-competition may be carried out.  

You should contact your Account Manager if you are an HTE Member or our Customer Care team on 0845 887 5000 or email: if you are an Associate Member for further details and guidance.