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Appointment of External Auditors

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors of the Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust has appointed BDO LLP as its external auditors.  The period of the contract is from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2020 with the option to extend for one plus one years.

An invitation to tender was issued in October 2016 by The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust and Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust (CHUFT) to companies on the North of England Collaborative Procurement Hub framework contract.  Two bids were received by the deadline; from BDO LLP and KPMG.

The Board was advised by an audit evaluation panel comprising members of both Trusts’ audit committees, finance teams and a member of the CHUFT Council of Governors.

The award criteria scoring the bids followed an approach which awarded 50% of the available marks based on price and 50% on non-financial benefit factors, as follows:

  Contract price 50%
  Key requirements of the audit service 20%
  Organisational capability and experience 30%

The panel met twice to consider the tenders: on 11 November to consider the scores based on the desk-top review of the tender documents, and on 23 November to meet with the audit teams who would be undertaking the audits at both Trusts. The panel was unanimous in its conclusion that BDO LLP be recommended to the Boards of both Trusts for appointment on the basis of contract price, meeting the key requirements of the audit service and organisational capability and experience.