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
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name and addresses
Hammersmith Town Hall, King Streeet
Contact person: Louella Harteam
NUTS code: UKI11
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Section II: Object
Step Up to Social Work Programme – Recommissioning HEI Provider.
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
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
II.1.6)Information about lots
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)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.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
II.2.10)Information about variants
II.2.11)Information about options
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
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
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
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
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Hammersmith Town Hall.
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: