General Optical Council Legal Support Services Tender

General Optical Council Legal Support Services Tender

The requirements of the service are: 1) Conduct of investigative work on the GOC’s behalf in relation to fitness to practise allegations.

United Kingdom-London: Legal services

2019/S 018-038492

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

General Optical Council
1150137 (Registered Charity)
10 Old Bailey
London
EC4M 7NG
United Kingdom
Contact person: Keith Watts
Telephone: +44 2073073455
E-mail: kwatts@optical.org
Fax: +44 2074363525
NUTS code: UKI
Internet address(es):Main address: www.optical.org

Address of the buyer profile: https://www.mytenders.co.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA14321

I.2)Information about joint procurement

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://www.optical.org/en/about_us/working_for_us/goc-tenders-.cfm
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: www.mytenders.co.uk

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

Social protection

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

GOC Legal Support Services

II.1.2)Main CPV code

79100000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The requirements of the service are:

1) Conduct of investigative work on the GOC’s behalf in relation to fitness to practise allegations;

2) Preparation for, and presentation of, the GOC’s case at substantive Fitness to Practise Committee hearings;

3) Occasional preparation for, and presentation of the GOC’s case at non-substantive hearings (interim order applications/reviews/extensions, substantive order reviews) and Registration Appeal Committee hearings;

4) Provision of advice relating to the conduct of individual investigations into the fitness to practise of GOC registrants and also relating to interpretation of GOC legislation/Rules;

5) Provision of training to Council members, Committee members, Case Examiners and staff.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

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)

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKI

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

We are seeking to procure legal support services for our Fitness to Practise (FTP) directorate, with effect from 1.5.2019.

This year (2018-19) it is forecast that we will open approximately 300 fitness to practice investigations. Approximately 25 % of investigation cases are referred to the Fitness to Practise Committee each year. We expect to instruct approximately half of these referred cases out to the appointed providers, either for advocacy only, or for investigation and advocacy (for the sake of clarity, we expect to manage the other half in-house). We also expect to instruct appointed providers to undertake initial-stages investigations in a (total) maximum of 10-20 cases per annum.

The provision of legal services will be governed by an agreement commencing 1.5.2019 and concluding 31.3.2021. We are looking to appoint a minimum of 2 service providers.

The requirements of the service are:

1) Conduct of investigative work on the GOC’s behalf in relation to fitness to practise allegations;

2) Preparation for, and presentation of, the GOC’s case at substantive Fitness to Practise Committee hearings;

3) Occasional preparation for, and presentation of the GOC’s case at non-substantive hearings (interim order applications/reviews/extensions, substantive order reviews) and Registration Appeal Committee hearings;

4) Provision of advice relating to the conduct of individual investigations into the fitness to practise of GOC registrants and also relating to interpretation of GOC legislation/Rules;

5) Provision of training to Council members, Committee members, Case Examiners and staff.

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

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

Start: 01/05/2019
End: 31/03/2021
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

Option to extend for 12 months.

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Envisaged minimum number: 5

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

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:

The service is a legal service.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate that they (or their organisation/team) possess the appropriate legal qualifications/authorisation to permit them to provide legal services.

The service is governed by the Opticians Act 1989 (https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1989/44/contents) and by the Legal Services Act 2007 (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2007/29/contents).

III.2.2)Contract performance 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

Restricted procedure

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
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

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

Date: 22/02/2019
Local time: 17:00

IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

Date: 01/03/2019

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: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published:

Not before October 2020.

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic payment will be used

VI.3)Additional information:

Before applying, please ensure you are familiar with the fitness to practise function of the General Optical Council: https://www.optical.org/en/Investigating_complaints/index.cfm

The GOC is the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. Our purpose is to protect the public by promoting high standards of education, performance and conduct amongst opticians. We currently register around 30 000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

A brief description of our four core regulatory functions is:

1) Setting standards for optical education and training, performance and conduct;

2) Approving qualifications leading to registration;

3) Maintaining a register of individuals who are qualified and fit to practise, train or carry on business as optometrists and dispensing opticians;

4) Investigating and acting where registrants’ fitness to practise, train or carry on business is impaired.

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Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems.

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VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Public Procurement Review Service (Cabinet Office)
70 Whitehall
London
SW1A 2AS
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3450103503
E-mail: publicprocurementreview@cabinetoffice.gov.ukInternet address: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/public-procurement-review-service-scope-and-remit
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

Public Procurement Review Service (Cabinet Office)
70 Whitehall
London
SW1A 2AS
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3450103503
E-mail: publicprocurementreview@cabinetoffice.gov.ukInternet address: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/public-procurement-review-service-scope-and-remit

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

22/01/2019

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