North of England Commissioning Support (NECS) are working for, and on behalf of, NHS England and NHS Improvement North West who wish to commission a Community Dental Service (CDS), within the locality of Lancashire.The basic principles that mirror that of the open procedure will be followed for this procurement to test the capacity, capability, and technical competence of tenderers in accordance with the Light Touch Regime within The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (as amended), ensuring a fair, open and transparent process in accordance with NHS (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) (No. 2) Regulations 2013.Under the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 the Contracting Authority must consider:(a) How what is proposed to be procured might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the area where it exercises its functions, and(b) How, in conducting the process of procurement, it might act with a view to securing that improvement.Accordingly, the subject matter of the contract has been scoped to take into account the priorities of the Contracting Authority relating to economic, social and environmental well-being.This procurement will be conducted via the NECS e-tendering system (In-tend) as such there will be no hard copy documents issued to bidders and all communications between bidders and NECS, including tender submissions, will be conducted via the In-tend portal.To express an interest in tendering for this procurement, please register on the In-tend e-tendering portal, which can be found at: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/nhsnecsu and follow the registration instructions.Please note that it is free to register on In-tend, which can be accessed at any time of day.Should you have any queries, or are having problems using the portal, you should contact the e-Tendering provider by Email: support@in-tend.com or by phone 0844 2728810 (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5.00pm).PLEASE NOTE: Tender documentation will be available via In-tend from 09 April 2021 and the closing date for receipt of tenders is 12 noon on 10 May 2021.