Contract to Deliver the Step Up to Social Work Programme

Contract to Deliver the Step Up to Social Work Programme

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham is leading a group of 8 local authorities in the West London Alliance to procure by competitive tender a contract for a Higher Education Institution provider to deliver the Step Up to Social Work Programme.

United Kingdom-London: Higher education services

2017/S 037-066917

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
Hammersmith Town Hall, King Streeet
London
W6 9JU
United Kingdom
Contact person: Louella Harteam
E-mail: Louella.harteam@rbkc.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKI11
Internet address(es):Main address: https://www.lbhf.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://www.capitalesourcing.com

I.2)Joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:www.capitalesourcing.com
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: www.capitalesourcing.com
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at:www.capitalesourcing.com

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Step Up to Social Work Programme – Recommissioning HEI Provider.

Reference number: prj_RBKC_6960

II.1.2)Main CPV code

80300000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham is leading a group of 8 local authorities in the West London Alliance to procure by competitive tender a contract for a Higher Education Institution (HEI) provider to deliver the Step Up to Social Work Programme funded by the Department for Education. The course trains social workers to Postgraduate Diploma level over 14 months; those wishing to obtain a Master’s degree must complete the remaining credits within 2 years of their initial enrolment. The syllabus is designed to meet local needs and ensure that councils reap the benefits of a stable workforce as candidates are committed to a 2-year contract with the host authority after they qualify. The contract will run for 2 years from June 2017, with an option to extend for periods of up to 24 months up to a maximum term of 88 months, subject to biennial performance review and funding availability. One (1) member of academic staff will be eligible for TUPE transfer.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 1 100 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

80340000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKI11
Main site or place of performance:

Central London location to be agreed with the Contracting Authority.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The procurement is a competitive tender to select a Higher Education Institution provider to deliver the Step Up to Social Work Programme which is fully funded by the Department for Education (DfE). It will be conducted in accordance with the Open Procedure (Public Contracts Regulations 2015).

The participating host authorities are all members of the West London Alliance (WLA) and include the London boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster City Council. Hammersmith and Fulham Council will lead on the procurement and award the contract on behalf of other WLA members which will be for an initial period of 2 years, with an option to extend for periods of up to 24 months to a total of 88 months — subject to satisfactory biennial performance reviews and there being available funding from the DfE.

The Step Up programme trains aspiring social workers to Postgraduate Diploma level over a 14-month course that is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council. Graduates have the option to complete the remaining credits in a further course of studies to obtain a Master’s degree in social work.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 1 100 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation

III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

List and brief description of conditions:

In the first instance, tendering institutions must confirm that they are compliant with all legally qualifying requirements as set out in the Tender document. Tenderers must further evidence in their submissions their ability to meet all service objectives, delivery and service outcomes; staffing requirements; safeguarding policy and processes; their institution’s policy in equality of access; quality and performance management, and all and any further requirements and qualifications as set out in the Service Specification and Terms and Conditions. In addition, tendering institutions shall meet such requirements that may include, but are not limited to, holding academic and/or professional qualifications and/or membership to enable them to deliver the Step Up programme.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract

III.2.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession
Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision:

Children’s Social Care is a regulated profession and newly qualified social workers must register with the Health and Care Professions Council. The Step Up to Social Work programme trains and supports aspiring social workers to obtain the statutory qualifications that comply with current legislation and enable them to practise within the profession.

III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

Requirements as set out in the Service Specification and Terms and Conditions.

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2016/S 213-388389

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 20/03/2017
Local time: 10:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

English

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 20/03/2017
Local time: 10:05
Place:

Hammersmith Town Hall.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

The Royal Courts of Justice
The Strand
London
WC2A 2LL
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

17/02/2017

 

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