New National Occupational Health Framework has launched


NWUPC are pleased to announce that members can now access the new National Occupational Health Framework (PFB5072 LU), which went live on 8th April 2024. It is available for three years till the 7th April 2027, with an optional one year extension to the 7th April 2028.

This framework is available to members of LUPC, APUC, CPC, HEPCW, NEUPC, NWUPC, and SUPC.

A full User Guide is available on HE Contracts.


This agreement consists of seven Lots:    

Lot 1: Occupational Health & EAP Services National 

Lot 2: Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) National

Lot 3: Occupational Health Northern England 

Lot 4: Occupational Health Southern England

Lot 5: Occupational Health Scotland

Lot 6: Occupational Health Wales

Lot 7: Student Wellbeing - Digital Assistance

Framework details

The agreement is an evolution of the Occupational Health and Wellbeing for Students and Staff PFB5052 LU. The revised lot strategy provides members with the opportunity to tailor their services to their organisation’s needs. It includes student wellbeing – digital assistance. Applications that can be tailored to assist your students’ wellbeing during their time with you. In all areas this framework focuses on the wellbeing and mental health of staff and students.


  • The framework agreement provides a compliant route to market with pre-qualified suppliers allowing members to reduce the time, resources and money usually spent on carrying out a tender of this nature.  
  • The process for carrying out a further competition shall be clearly defined with available templates and guidance for members providing information to carry out a procurement process.   
  • Members who wish to have one supplier to deliver OHS and EAP can do so via lot 1.
  • Geographical lot structure has increased the choice of suppliers on the framework and provided focus for areas of the country that previously suffered with coverage.
  • A new digital wellbeing lot provides a selection of alternative student (and staff) support platforms to focus on their wellbeing during their time with your organisation. 

How do I call-off from the framework agreement?  

Due to the different and wide range of services that members will require, call-off from this agreement will be via mini competition, except for lot 7 which has the options of direct award (ranked) or desktop calculator. Full details are in the guidance contained on HE Contracts.

How has sustainability, equality and diversity been considered as part of the tender? 

Built into the tendering process was consideration for environmental, economic, and social issues. The weighting for the responsible procurement evaluation questions was 15% and included promotion of equality and diversity, and GDPR.

All suppliers have agreed to the Sustain Code of Conduct, provided evidence of historic social value, and a commitment to delivering further social value through the term of the framework.

What’s Next

LUPC will be providing call off terms for GDPR relationships which are controller to controller to cover all options (expected July 2024).

LUPC are currently preparing an online webinar for the framework including further information on the digital wellbeing lot in September 2024. Details will follow when we have them.

Suppliers to the Framework:

Further information on this agreement including supplier contact details can be found in the detailed User Guide which is available on HE Contracts.

For further questions or enquiries contact or call on 0161 234 8000.