Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – Best Interest Assessor Provision
The purpose of this procurement is to establish an approved list of suitably qualified and experienced independent assessors to complement the in-house DoLS Teams.
United Kingdom-Leicester: Health and social work services
Social and other specific services – public contracts
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name and addresses
County Hall, Glenfield
Contact person: Simon Palmer
Telephone: +44 1163054994
NUTS code: UKF22Internet address(es):Main address: http://www.leicestershire.gov.ukAddress of the buyer profile: http://www.leicestershire.gov.uk
I.1)Name and addresses
Bosworth House, 9-15 Princess Road West
Contact person: Denise Steadman
NUTS code: UKF21Internet address(es):Main address: http://www.leicester.gov.ukAddress of the buyer profile: http://www.leicester.gov.uk
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Section II: Object
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – Best Interest Assessor.
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
Leicestershire County Council, on behalf of Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council, is undertaking a procurement exercise to appoint suitable providers to a framework for the provision of the independent Best Interest Assessor role under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (Mental Capacity Act 2005).
The purpose of this procurement is to establish an approved list of suitably qualified and experienced independent assessors to complement the in-house DoLS Teams to allow effective management of BIA demand, availability and prioritisation across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
II.1.6)Information about lots
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:
The purpose of this service is to complement the in-house DoLS Teams by providing increased flexibility to allow effective management of BIA demand, availability and prioritisation. It is estimated that the framework will be used to source an estimated 10-15 % of the total Best Interest Assessments across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland per year.
Due to the nature of the independent BIA role, local requirements dictate that the framework eligibility criteria is at an enhanced level to the statutory standards outlined in the DoLS Code of Practice.
II.2.7)Duration of the contract or the framework agreement
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The contract has the option to extend for up to a further 24 months. The total estimated value stated in Section II.2.6) includes the option period.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
The Supplier agrees that there shall be no discrimination by it against any person with respect to opportunity for employment or conditions of employment, because of age, disability,gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. The Supplier shall in all matters arising in the performance of the Agreement comply with the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998 and all other discrimination legislation.
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1)Form of procedure
IV.1.3)Information about framework agreement
IV.1.11)Main features of the award procedure:
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the invitation to tender.
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate / Time limit for receipt of expressions of interest
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
Section VI: Complementary information
The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender.
Leicestershire County Council, will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. Applicants who are unsuccessful shall be informed by ESPO as soon as possible after the decision has been made as to the reasons why the applicant was unsuccessful. If an appeal regarding the award of the contract has not been successfully resolved, The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2105 No 102) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take legal action. Any such action must be brought within the applicable limitation period. Where a contract has not been entered into, the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order for any document to be amended and may award damages, make a declaration of ineffectiveness, order for a fine to be paid, and/or order the duration of the contract be shortened. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow the parties to apply to the Courts to set aside the award decision before the contract is entered into.
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: