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Procurement Policy Team
Department of Health and Social Care
Procurement policy Notes (PPNs)
All Procurement Policy Notes (PPNs) are published on the government website here.
No new PPNs have been published since the last edition.
Transforming Public Procurement: Update on the Green Paper Consultation from the Procurement Policy Working Group (PPWG)
The window of response for the Green Paper closed towards the end of March. It has been recorded that there was a total of 635 responses – compared the average of 250, indicating a strong representation from all areas of procurement.
The emerging themes include:
Actions have been taken to maintain the positive cross-government collaboration to ensure the smooth delivery and transition of the bill.
Cabinet Office are hosting fortnightly drumbeat meetings to keep parties in-the-loop with progress, and tackle emerging concerns or issues. We hope to update you on the topics of discussion as they unfold.
The Government’s 2021-22 Mandate to NHS England and NHS Improvement
The government’s mandate to NHSE&I was laid in Parliament on Thursday 25th March and has since been published for public view.
The document sets out 5 Mandate Objectives that NHSE&I will be assessed upon in regard of managing public money. The objectives are as follows:
The publication provides accompanying statements regarding NHSE&I funding, as well as an Annex detailing 13 underpinning metrics that will aid in measuring the progress of the NHS long-term plan and manifesto priority commitments.
Although the Government is anticipating that the metrics will be offset further by the pandemic, wide collaboration across the health and care system, and from the government itself, will aid in mapping the associating trajectories for the years to come.
For access to the full publication, please click here.
May 2021 Elections: Civil Servant’s Guidance on Conduct
Guidance for the Council, Mayoral, PPC and Devolved Elections was cascaded across government departments, non-departmental public bodies and ALBs to give an indication on the expected conduct during the forthcoming campaigns. The elections will take place on 6th May 2021.
The publication acts as a reminder for all in-scope organisations to be cautious in decision making when:
Moreover, the following general principles should also be observed by all civil servants:
For further detail on announcements, use of public funds and other various areas of sensitive nature, please click here to view the full guidance.