The initial pre-qualification stage (PQQ) saw a very strong response from NHS Commissioning Support Units (CSUs), public-private partnerships, and commercial organisations. 16 bidders successfully met the PQQ quality assessment criteria for Lot 1 end-to-end support services and were invited to progress to this final Invitation to Tender (ITT), rigorous assessment stage. 26 bidders met the PQQ assessment stage quality criteria for Lot 2a and 2b (medicines management and supporting the assessment of Continuing Healthcare and Individual Funding Requests).
On 6 August 2015, the final stage of the procurement process (ITT) launched and the final bidders submitted their proposals for the deadline of early November 2014. For more information on the ITT stage see this section.