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Tendering: six steps to successful bidding
  1. Elizabeth Carlin1,2
  1. 1Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Nottinghamshire, UK
  2. 2Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Elizabeth Carlin, Department of Genitourinary Medicine, King's Mill Hospital, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Mansfield Road, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 4JL, UK; elizabeth.carlin{at}

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The Health and Social Care Act 2012 introduced major changes to the National Health Service (NHS) in England, including responsibility for public health services moving to local authorities, from April 2013. The local authorities then became responsible for commissioning services for sexual health, HIV prevention and testing and health promotion.

HIV treatment and care services are commissioned separately by NHS England, while clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) commission abortion, vasectomy, sterilisation and community gynaecology services.

Introduction of tendering

Since 2013 many local authorities have tendered for sexual health services and others have indicated that they plan to do so.

The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) has produced a ‘Six Steps’ guidance document, slide presentation and podcast to assist members prepare for tendering. These are available on the …

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