Department of Health Executive Search Contract
The key deliverables are to identify, discuss with and encourage/support candidates to apply for key senior appointments.
United Kingdom-Leeds: Recruitment services
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name and addresses
Quarry House, Quarry Hill
Contact person: Paul Eagleton
NUTS code: UK
Internet address(es):Main address: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health
Address of the buyer profile: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health/about/procurement
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Section II: Object
Executive Search and Selection – Appointments.
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
The Department of Health’s Appointments Team manages the recruitment and selection process for Public Appointments that are made by the Secretary of State for Health. Ministers decide on whether or not to use executive search for these appointments and decisions are made on a case by case basis, dependent on the profile of the appointment and challenges to recruitment of a particular post. The need for search will be addressed on a case-by-case basis and each use of search will be subject to Ministerial clearance. The key deliverables are to identify, discuss with and encourage/support candidates to apply for key senior appointments. We wish to tender for a contract to start from on or shortly after the 1.9.2016 until 31.8.2017, plus optional extensions as described in this notice, which we can use for appointments requiring search support as and when needed.
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
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:
The Department of Health (DH) helps people to live better for longer. We lead, shape and fund health and care in England, making sure people have the support, care and treatment they need, with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve. DH is a ministerial department, supported by 28 agencies and public bodies.
The DH Appointments Team manages the recruitment and selection process for Public Appointments that are made by the Secretary of State for Health. Ministers decide on whether or not to use executive search for these appointments and decisions are made on a case by case basis, dependent on the profile of the appointment and challenges to recruitment of a particular post. Our appointments include high profile Chair and Non-Executive Director appointments to DH’s Arms-Length Bodies, including for example, NHS England, NHS Improvement and the Care Quality Commission. To ensure open competitions attract the very best candidates and a wide and diverse field of applicants and for some campaigns target specialist groups, there is sometimes a need to use executive search to support a campaign. The Department of Health is looking for an organisation to provide primarily, executive search support for key public appointments. Support may also be required for any other appointment for which Ministers have an interest and agree that search support from the DH contract may be used. The Department’s default position is not to use executive search when recruiting to public appointment. This also reflect the Government’s general view, and the Minister for the Cabinet Office (whose permission to use Executive Search is required) will only agree to the limited use of search. However, there are occasions when Ministers may, as part of the wider recruitment process, choose to use executive search support to strengthen the candidate field. This can be particularly important for key national roles, for certain specialist roles and for engaging with hard to reach groups, where even targeted advertising and use of social media can have limited effect. Search can be particularly effective in engaging with senior figures in the commercial/private sector and generally with those whose experience is out of the health and social care sector.
The Contract is expected to be for a period of up to 12 months commencing on or shortly after the 1.9.2016 until the 31.8.2017, with an optional extension of 2 periods of up-to a further 12 months for each additional period (maximum Contract length would be 36 months). Please refer to the Invitation to Tender documents for full details of the requirement.
The Department of Health reserves the right to discontinue the tendering process and not to award the contract.
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
Optional 24 month Contract extension period subject to confirmation of funding and the necessary approvals, being 2 optional (up-to 12 month each) extension periods. The duration given at II.2.7) excludes the 2 optional up-to 12 month (each) extension periods, the estimated value given includes all possible extension periods.
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
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.2.2)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
(Tenders will be downloaded from the BMS e-tendering system shortly after the Invitation to tender deadline has passed.).
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
This procurement exercise will be completed via the DH eTendering portal (BMS) and candidates wishing to be considered for this (or any other) DH contract must submit their response via BMS. The BMS reference number for this exercise is 60207.
Suppliers should visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health/about/procurement to register and download instructions on how to respond.
If you require assistance, please contact the Supplier Help-desk on 0113 254 5777 or firstname.lastname@example.org This help-desk is available 10:00 to 16:00, Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays.
Potential Bidders should note that, in accordance with the Government’s policies on transparency, the Authority intends to publish the Invitation to Tender (ITT), and any Contract awarded, subject to possible redactions at the discretion of the Authority. Further information on transparency can be found at the following pages:
The Authority reserves the right to terminate the procurement process (or part of it), to change the basis of and the procedures for the procurement process at any time, or to procure the subject matter of the contract by alternative means if it appears that it can be more advantageously procured by alternative means.
The most economically advantageous or any tender will not automatically be accepted.
Tenders and all supporting documentation for the contract must be priced in sterling and written in English. Any agreement entered into will be considered a contract made in England according to English law and will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.
This procurement is being undertaken by the DH on behalf of and/or for use by a number of user organisations. The following link lists the ANDPBs and ENDPBs that we appoint chair and non-executive directors to, though executive search may not always be used.
Tenderers must maintain the tender for 90 days after the receipt deadline.
The Authority will incorporate a standstill period at the point information about the actual award of the contract is communicated to Potential Bidders. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of 10 calendar days, provides time for unsuccessful Bidders to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into. The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take action in the High Court.
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: