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Get started as a supplier

Published on 01 October 2020

Learn how to begin supplying goods or services to the NHS using the Supplier Journey website.

It's a free Scottish government resource that takes new suppliers through each step of the tendering process.

Following the journey will help you to understand:

  • tender preparation
  • identifying business opportunities
  • the bidding process
  • the decision process
  • contracts management

Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) are also available.

Why we need suppliers

We contract for high spend products and services that are used by NHSScotland on a national scale. Examples include:

  • medical gloves
  • dressings
  • requirements for temporary agencies
  • pharmaceuticals

Territorial health boards may contract for items where there is a bespoke requirement or the spend is low as well.

As a supplier, you need to understand the market and requirements in NHSScotland before applying for tenders. Reflect on whether your product is well established or completely new.

You may find it useful to contact our National Procurement (NP) team for a consultation. They'll help you to gain a full understanding of the clinical and technical criteria for NHS requirements.

Once you've been through the Supplier Journey, you can browse tender notices before applying for tenders.