Evidence Reviews and Full Economic Analysis to Support NICE Public Health Guidance

Evidence Reviews and Full Economic Analysis to Support NICE Public Health Guidance

NICE has been asked by the Department of Health to produce public health guidance on effective implementation and delivery of approaches for the prevention of excess winter deaths and morbidity and the health risks associated with cold weather and cold homes, with a specific focus on vulnerable children and older people.

UK-London: Research and development services and related consultancy services

2013/S 014-019487

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
10 Spring Gardens
For the attention of: Barney Wilkinson
SW1A 2BU London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2070452023
E-mail: barney.wilkinson@nice.org.uk
Fax: +44 2070037784

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.nice.org.uk

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity
Health
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Evidence reviews and a full Economic analysis to support NICE public health guidance on excess winter deaths
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 8: Research and development services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: At the suppliers premises
NUTS code
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health. Within NICE the Centre for Public Health Excellence (CPHE) is responsible for producing public health guidance that can help prevent disease or improve health.
NICE has been asked by the Department of Health to produce public health guidance on effective implementation and delivery of approaches for the prevention of excess winter deaths and morbidity and the health risks associated with cold weather and cold homes, with a specific focus on vulnerable children and older people to promote and protect their health and wellbeing both in the short and longer term.
The draft scope for this guidance will be published on the NICE website for consultation in February 2013 http://guidance.nice.org.uk/PHG/70

This guidance will be developed by a Public Health Advisory Committee (PHAC) in 2013/14.
NICE would like to commission reviews of the quantitative and qualitative evidence (Lot 1) and a full economic analysis (Lot 2). The reviews and model will be considered by the Public Health Advisory Committee. The role of Committee is to draft recommendations, supported by the NICE CPHE team. Interested parties will be able to bid for either Lot 1 or Lot 2 or provide separate bids for both Lots:
– Qualitative and quantitative reviews of the evidence (Lot 1)
– Full economic analysis (review of economic evidence and economic modelling) (Lot 2)

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73000000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.1.8)Lots
This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for all lots
II.1.9)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
Estimated value excluding VAT: 180 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Starting 30.4.2013. Completion 28.3.2014

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: CPHE/EWD/01/2013 LOT1

1)Short description
NICE has been asked by the Department of Health to produce public health guidance on effective implementation and delivery of approaches for the prevention of excess winter deaths and morbidity and the health risks associated with cold weather and cold homes, with a specific focus on vulnerable children and older people to promote and protect their health and wellbeing both in the short and longer term.
The guidance will be developed by a Public Health Advisory Committee (PHAC). It will contain recommendations based on reviews of evidence that utilise quantitative, qualitative, grey and good practice evidence and a full economic analysis including a review of cost-effectiveness evidence and a cost-effectiveness analysis (the economic analysis is subject to separate tender). The draft scope for the guidance will provide further details about the intervention areas, population groups and key research questions and outcomes. It may be subject to change following stakeholder consultation.
To support this work CPHE would like to commission evidence reviews (of quantitative, qualitative, grey and good practice evidence). The economic analysis mentioned above is subject to a separate tender.
A proposal for all 3 components of this evidence review work, as outlined in this document (see below), should be submitted electronically no later than 12:00 noon GMT on 8th March 2013.
The contractor will provide evidence reviews. The NICE PHAC for ‘excess winter deaths’ will consider the evidence reviews and the content of a separate economic analysis (the economic analysis is subject to separate tender) at their meetings in October and November 2013 and January, February and April 2014 to inform development of the guidance, due to be published in January 2015. The contractor should be able to start work from 30th April 2013.
There are 3 components of work associated with the guidance development that are the subject of this tender and which the CPHE wish to commission. These focus on:
1. Identification of at risk populations which are vulnerable to the consequences of cold temperatures and poorly heated or expensive to heat homes.
2. Quantitative evidence of the effect of interventions and approaches to prevent excess winter deaths and morbidity and the health risks associated with cold weather and cold homes, including unintentional consequences and outcomes.
3. Quantitative, qualitative, grey and good practice evidence relating to the delivery and implementation of approaches for the prevention of excess winter deaths and morbidity and the health risks associated with cold weather and cold homes. This would include a focus on the systems required for an integrated approach for: i) the identification of those at risk and vulnerable and ii), the delivery and implementation of effective interventions to them.
This document is the invitation to tender document for components 1) to 3), as above.
Bids should address all three components. Failure to do so may result in your whole tender being rejected.
CPHE welcomes tenders from individual organisations or consortia of organisations. Please note that if submitting a bid as a consortia or a joint bid, in line with public sector guidance, NICE will only contract with the lead bidder in the event of a successful bid.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73000000

3)Quantity or scope
Estimated value excluding VAT: 120 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 2 Lot title: CPHE/EWD/01/2013 LOT2
1)Short description
NICE has been asked by the Department of Health to produce public health guidance on effective implementation and delivery of approaches for the prevention of excess winter deaths and morbidity and the health risks associated with cold weather and cold homes, with a specific focus on vulnerable children and older people to promote and protect their health and wellbeing both in the short and longer term.
The guidance will be developed by a Public Health Advisory Committee (PHAC). It will contain recommendations based on reviews of effectiveness that utilise quantitative, qualitative, grey and good practice evidence and a full economic analysis consisting of the reviews of cost effectiveness evidence and a cost-effectiveness analysis. The draft scope for the guidance will provide further details about the intervention areas, population groups and key research questions and outcomes. It may be subject to change following stakeholder consultation.
To support this work CPHE would like to commission a full economic analysis, which comprises:
– an economic evidence review and
– an economic model report with a fully executable version of model(s)
A proposal for all of the components of this work outlined in this document (see below) should be submitted electronically no later than 12:00 noon GMT on 8th March 2013.
The NICE PHAC for ‘excess winter deaths’ will consider an economic evidence review and cost-effectiveness analysis alongside effectiveness reviews at their meetings in October and November 2013 and January, February and April 2014 to inform development of the guidance, which is due to be published in January 2015, and as a basis for their recommendations. The economic contractor should be able to start work from 30 April 2013.
There are 3 components of work associated with the guidance development that are the subject of this tender and which the CPHE wish to commission. These focus on:
1. Cost-effectiveness of methods to identify at risk populations which are vulnerable to the consequences of cold temperatures and poorly heated or expensive to heat homes.
2. Cost-effectiveness of interventions and approaches to prevent excess winter deaths and morbidity and the health risks associated with cold weather and cold homes (this would include unintentional adverse consequences and outcomes).
3. Cost-effective delivery and implementation of approaches for the prevention of excess winter deaths and morbidity and the health risks associated with cold weather and cold homes. This would include a focus on the systems required for an integrated approach for: i) the identification of those at risk and vulnerable and ii), the delivery and implementation of effective interventions to them.
This document is the single invitation to tender document for components 1) to 3), as above. The CPHE will also commission a separate quantitative and qualitative evidence review. Please note that there is a separate Invitation to Tender for this.
Bids should address all three components. Failure to do so, may result in your whole tender being rejected.
CPHE welcomes tenders from individual organisations or consortia of organisations.
The economic contractor will work in line with NICE methods and processes for development of evidence-based guidance. Documents describing the methods and process employed by NICE are available from NICE’s website www.nice.org.uk The current process and methods manuals for CPHE guidance are at http://www.nice.org.uk/aboutnice/howwework/developingnicepublichealthguidance/publichealthguidanceprocessandmethodguides/public_health_guidance_process_and_method_guides.jsp

The economic contractor will work with the CPHE to produce an economic evidence review and an economic model(s) for the PHAC. The economic contractor will be multidisciplinary and capable of providing high quality full economic analysis to decision makers within very tight timescales. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity for a high calibre team to contribute to the work of NICE.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73000000

3)Quantity or scope
Estimated value excluding VAT: 60 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
CPHE/EWD/01/2013
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 26.2.2013 – 17:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
26.2.2013 – 17:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 2 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 8.3.2013 – 12:00
Place:

NICE’s Offices

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: NICE will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenders. This Period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the contracting authority before the contract is entered into. Applicants have 2 working days from the notification of the award decision to request additional debriefing and that information has to be provided a minimum of 3 working days before the expiry of the standstill period. Such additional information should be requested from the contracting authority named in section l.1. If an appeal regarding the award of a contract has not been successfully resolved the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI2006 No5.) 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 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Any such action must be brought promptly (generally within three months). Where a contract has not been entered into, the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the Court may only award damages.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
16.1.2013

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