Health Services Auditing Tender

Health Services Auditing Tender

National Maternity and Perinatal Clinical Audit.

United Kingdom-London: Health services

2015/S 072-127748

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership
6th Floor, Tenter House, 45 Moorfields
For the attention of: Nicholas Holmes
EC2Y 9AE London

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Electronic access to information:

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

Other: Charitable organisation commissioning on behalf of NHS England

I.3)Main activity

Other: National Clinical Audit

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Welsh Government
Major Health Conditions Policy Team, Healthcare Policy Division, Directorate of Health Policy, Department for Health and Social Services, Cathays Park
CF10 3NQ Cardiff

Scottish Government
St. Andrew’s House, Regent Road
EH1 3DG Edinburgh

Section II: Object of the contract


II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

HQIP NCA 170 National Maternity and Perinatal Clinical Audit.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 25: Health and social services

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 overarching aim of this audit programme is:
To improve the quality of services and the outcomes achieved for mothers and newborns cared for by hospital maternity services in England, Wales and Scotland.
This aim will be achieved through a project with the following objectives:
1. To engage patients, those that deliver care and those that commission and regulate care in defining the audit measures most likely to support both quality assurance and quality improvement of maternity services.
2. To enable improvements through the provision of timely, high quality data that compares providers of healthcare to at least the level of named maternity service.
3. To consider how data captured in the MCDS ,other data collected in MIS and other sources of data in NHS Wales and Scotland, could be used to support these audit measures. This is both for the purposes of minimising local burden of data entry and so that the audit itself supports the establishment of data flow in the MCDS and NHS Wales and Scottish systems.

4. NHS England has recently announced a Maternity review:

It is anticipated that over time this may provide a valuable source of intelligence when shaping the scope of this audit, and in particular when selecting topics for topic-specific, time-limited audits.
5. To achieve and maintain close alignment with relevant NICE and SIGN national guidelines and quality standards throughout the audit, as appropriate.
6. To include risk adjustment as appropriate, in order to support meaningful comparisons.
7. To develop the reporting schedules and feedback mechanisms for the audit to support the local use of data, minimising the reporting delay, and providing continual access to each unit for their own data. The use of dashboard-style outputs and other reporting styles should be explored. Consider the needs of the full range of audiences who may contribute to improving patient outcomes.
8. To develop an appropriate topic selection process for the time-limited audits to consider both need and potential benefit of auditing in that area.
Aims of this National Clinical Audit:
The successful tenderer will provide a national comparative clinical audit of the quality and outcomes of NHS-funded maternity and perinatal care delivered to women and infants by maternity services in England, Wales and Scotland.
The audit will comprise:
— Element 1: A continuous prospective clinical audit comprising a number of key processes and outcomes as indicators of high quality delivery of care by maternity services.
— Element 2: Periodic, time-limited, topic-specific prospective audits achieved by temporary expansion of the audit dataset.
Suitable providers will need to be able to demonstrate:
— Effective and fully-integrated clinical leadership.
— The ability to engage actively with all relevant professional disciplines.
— Robust project management skills.
— Methodological expertise and experience, data collection, data cleaning and analysis and information security/management skills, including understanding / experience of patient-level data linkage.
— Sound knowledge of information governance and procedures for gaining permissions for data processing.
— Capacity and experience to successfully deliver the above requirement(s).
— Sound economic and financial standing assessed by evidence of professional indemnity insurance, audited accounts covering at least three previous financial years, a statement of turnover, profit & loss account and cash flow for the most recent year of trading, a statement of your cash flow forecast for the current year and a bank letter outlining the current cash and credit position.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

85100000, 85140000, 85000000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes


This contract is divided into lots: no

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:

The contract value for the full 5 year term, which includes a possible 2 year extension, is between 1 980 000 GBP and 3 300 000 GBP excluding VAT. However, the contract is being offered for 3 years initially with a maximum budget of 1 980 000 GBP excluding VAT available and bids exceeding this limit may be rejected.

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: Possible extension of initial contract by up to 24 months.

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Number of possible renewals: 2

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

As per the ITT.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

As per the PQQ and ITT.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

As per the PQQ and ITT.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: As per acceptance of HQIP Standard Terms and Conditions of Contract supplied with the PQQ and ITT packs.
III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As per the PQQ and ITT.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As per the PQQ and ITT.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As per the PQQ and ITT.
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


IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged minimum number 2: and maximum number 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Up to 5 of the highest scoring prospective suppliers at PQQ stage, who score more than 50 % of the available marks and meet all of the mandatory requirements.
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:

HQIP NCA 170 National Maternity and Perinatal Clinical Audit

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

14.5.2015 – 12:00

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

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

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

Procurement documents (including the PQQ and the ITT) will be made available from Monday 13.4.2015.
This contract opportunity is being offered under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
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: As per Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: