If you want to bid for work that involves moving people (patients), you will need to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). You will need a registration number before bidding.
Part of the supplier selection process is evidencing current capability. Up to 3 relevant reference points are generally needed; unless your business is a start-up, or you have a genuine reason not to have references.
Success in a bid will usually need some form of investment. It is advantageous to have finances arranged in advance, particularly if vehicles, equipment, recruitment and training are needed.
Whether you intend to bid for hospital work (e.g. non-emergency patient transport services) or NHS ambulance work (e.g. 999/front-line) you will be expected to have your own all-encompassing policy suite that will be of a quality to meet NHS standards.
Complex, or 999/front-line bids will be followed up by a Governance Inspection Visit (GIV). This is to ensure that all the facts and documents presented at the tender stage are true, accurate and fit for purpose.
The NHS is always looking for person-centred care with the infrastructure to support care and reduce risk. You will need to be able to demonstrate how your staff pre-screening, selection, safer recruitment, training and retention processes allow you to recruit and retain a professional workforce to match your potential customer’s standards.