Hertfordshire County Council Advocacy Services Contract

Hertfordshire County Council Advocacy Services Contract

Hertfordshire County Council is currently out to procurement for the provision of an advocacy service for adults and children.

United Kingdom-HERTFORD: Health and social work services

2017/S 241-500434

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Hertfordshire County Council
Pegs Lane
HERTFORD
SG13 8DE
United Kingdom
Contact person: Strategic Procurement Group
Telephone: +44 1707292464
E-mail: chris.notley@hertfordshire.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKH23
Internet address(es):Main address: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: www.supplyhertfordshire.uk

I.2)Joint procurement

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: http://www.supplyhertfordshire.uk
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: http://www.supplyhertfordshire.uk
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Advocacy (Adults and Children)

Reference number: HCC1710012

II.1.2)Main CPV code

85000000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

Hertfordshire County Council (the ‘Council’) is currently out to procurement for the provision of an advocacy service for adults and children. Further information in regards to this opportunity can be found in II.2.4) Description of the procurement field (OJEU Contract Notice refers). Organisations wishing to take part in this project are invited to “express interest” which will give access to the full procurement documents in the e-tendering system. Please see VI.3) Additional information for further information. Any questions relating to this procurement must be made via the correspondence area in the e-Tendering system, in accordance with the procurement documents and can be addressed to the main contact as shown in the details above.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 5 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for all lots
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Lead Provider (Adults)

Lot No: Lot 1

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85000000
98000000
85323000
85300000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKH23

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The tender opportunity for the provision of advocacy services for Hertfordshire will be offered in 5 separate Lots with Lots 1 to 4 for adults advocacy and Lot 5 for children and young people. Tenderers can opt to bid for one or more of the Lots. Lot 1 – 4 Adults advocacy HertsHelp advocacy services (for adults) will be commissioned via 4 Lots as detailed in Section 2.2 below. All contracts will include the provision of community advocacy (both group and individual casework) and all providers will be expected to work in partnership to deliver an empowering and holistic independent advocacy service for eligible residents of Hertfordshire. There will be extra duties that sit firmly with the lead provider such as triage, marketing, training, professional supervision, spot purchasing/sub-contracting, statutory and non statutory advocacy provision. The providers are to be committed to ensuring that Hertfordshire County Council has met their obligations under relevant legislations relating to advocacy. Lot 5: Children’s advocacy Hertfordshire CLA and safeguarding commissioning service (including Hertfordshire young commissioners) wish to commission an advocacy service to empower children in order to make sure their rights are respected and views are heard. The service is expected to be delivered in line with the National Standards for the provision of children’s advocacy the estimated total value of the contract is stated in II.1.5) of this notice and is for the initial term inclusive of the approximate value for extensions for the avoidance of doubt, the estimated annual value of the contract will be approximately 1 000 000 GBP. The contract will be awarded for an initial term of 3 years, with the option to extend the contract up to 2 further years. Please note that the contract requirements will be subject to available financial resources, supplier performance and flexibility to meet changing demands. Organisations should be aware that due to the nature of the services provided, any contract formed as a result of this procurement process shall be executed as a deed. Organisations should seek independent legal advice on the implications of this prior to submitting their bid, where appropriate. Please Note the TUPE Staffing Information for this procurement has been provided along with other documentation for this procurement. TUPE related information must be treated as protected data in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 and must be kept confidential. Therefore by accessing this tender via Supply Hertfordshire and then the View Details button and accessing the documentation for this procurement, tenderers agree to undertake to treat the information as confidential and commercially sensitive at all times and take all reasonable steps to prevent any inadvertent disclosure to any third party.

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

Duration in months: 60
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The Contract will be reviewed at the end of the Contract Period.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

Option to extend up to a further 2 years on an annual basis.

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Mental Health (Adults).

Lot No: Lot 2

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85000000
98000000
85323000
85300000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKH23

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The tender opportunity for the provision of advocacy services for Hertfordshire will be offered in 5 separate Lots with Lots 1 to 4 for adults advocacy and Lot 5 for children and young people. Tenderers can opt to bid for one or more of the Lots. Lot 1 – 4 Adults advocacy HertsHelp advocacy services (for adults) will be commissioned via 4 Lots as detailed in Section 2.2 below. All contracts will include the provision of community advocacy (both group and individual casework) and all providers will be expected to work in partnership to deliver an empowering and holistic independent advocacy service for eligible residents of Hertfordshire. There will be extra duties that sit firmly with the lead provider such as triage, marketing, training, professional supervision, spot purchasing/sub-contracting, statutory and non statutory advocacy provision. The providers are to be committed to ensuring that Hertfordshire County Council has met their obligations under relevant legislations relating to advocacy. Lot 5: Children’s advocacy Hertfordshire CLA and safeguarding commissioning service (including Hertfordshire young commissioners) wish to commission an advocacy service to empower children in order to make sure their rights are respected and views are heard. The service is expected to be delivered in line with the National Standards for the provision of children’s advocacy the estimated total value of the contract is stated in II.1.5) of this notice and is for the initial term inclusive of the approximate value for extensions for the avoidance of doubt, the estimated annual value of the contract will be approximately 1 000 000 GBP. The contract will be awarded for an initial term of 3 years, with the option to extend the contract up to 2 further years. Please note that the contract requirements will be subject to available financial resources, supplier performance and flexibility to meet changing demands. Organisations should be aware that due to the nature of the services provided, any contract formed as a result of this procurement process shall be executed as a deed. Organisations should seek independent legal advice on the implications of this prior to submitting their bid, where appropriate. Please Note the TUPE Staffing Information for this procurement has been provided along with other documentation for this procurement. TUPE related information must be treated as protected data in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 and must be kept confidential. Therefore by accessing this tender via Supply Hertfordshire and then the View Details button and accessing the documentation for this procurement, tenderers agree to undertake to treat the information as confidential and commercially sensitive at all times and take all reasonable steps to prevent any inadvertent disclosure to any third party.

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

Duration in months: 60
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The contract will be reviewed at the end of the Contract Period.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

Option to extend up to a further 2 years on an annual basis.

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Disability and Learning Difficultied (Adults).

Lot No: Lot 3

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85000000
98000000
85323000
85300000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKH23

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The tender opportunity for the provision of advocacy services for Hertfordshire will be offered in 5 separate Lots with Lots 1 to 4 for adults advocacy and Lot 5 for children and young people. Tenderers can opt to bid for one or more of the Lots. Lot 1 – 4 Adults advocacy HertsHelp advocacy services (for adults) will be commissioned via 4 Lots as detailed in Section 2.2 below. All contracts will include the provision of community advocacy (both group and individual casework) and all providers will be expected to work in partnership to deliver an empowering and holistic independent advocacy service for eligible residents of Hertfordshire. There will be extra duties that sit firmly with the lead provider such as triage, marketing, training, professional supervision, spot purchasing/sub-contracting, statutory and non statutory advocacy provision. The providers are to be committed to ensuring that Hertfordshire County Council has met their obligations under relevant legislations relating to advocacy. Lot 5: Children’s advocacy Hertfordshire CLA and safeguarding commissioning service (including Hertfordshire young commissioners) wish to commission an advocacy service to empower children in order to make sure their rights are respected and views are heard. The service is expected to be delivered in line with the National Standards for the provision of children’s advocacy the estimated total value of the contract is stated in II.1.5) of this notice and is for the initial term inclusive of the approximate value for extensions for the avoidance of doubt, the estimated annual value of the contract will be approximately 1 000 000 GBP. The contract will be awarded for an initial term of 3 years, with the option to extend the contract up to 2 further years. Please note that the contract requirements will be subject to available financial resources, supplier performance and flexibility to meet changing demands. Organisations should be aware that due to the nature of the services provided, any contract formed as a result of this procurement process shall be executed as a deed. Organisations should seek independent legal advice on the implications of this prior to submitting their bid, where appropriate. Please Note the TUPE Staffing Information for this procurement has been provided along with other documentation for this procurement. TUPE related information must be treated as protected data in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 and must be kept confidential. Therefore by accessing this tender via Supply Hertfordshire and then the View Details button and accessing the documentation for this procurement, tenderers agree to undertake to treat the information as confidential and commercially sensitive at all times and take all reasonable steps to prevent any inadvertent disclosure to any third party.

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

Duration in months: 60
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

This Contract will be reviewed at the end of the Contract Period.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

Option to extend up to a further 2 years on an annual basis.

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Older Persons (Over 65).

Lot No: Lot 4

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85000000
98000000
85323000
85300000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKH23

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The tender opportunity for the provision of advocacy services for Hertfordshire will be offered in 5 separate Lots with Lots 1 to 4 for adults advocacy and Lot 5 for children and young people. Tenderers can opt to bid for one or more of the Lots. Lot 1 – 4 Adults advocacy HertsHelp advocacy services (for adults) will be commissioned via 4 Lots as detailed in Section 2.2 below. All contracts will include the provision of community advocacy (both group and individual casework) and all providers will be expected to work in partnership to deliver an empowering and holistic independent advocacy service for eligible residents of Hertfordshire. There will be extra duties that sit firmly with the lead provider such as triage, marketing, training, professional supervision, spot purchasing/sub-contracting, statutory and non statutory advocacy provision. The providers are to be committed to ensuring that Hertfordshire County Council has met their obligations under relevant legislations relating to advocacy. Lot 5: Children’s advocacy Hertfordshire CLA and safeguarding commissioning service (including Hertfordshire young commissioners) wish to commission an advocacy service to empower children in order to make sure their rights are respected and views are heard. The service is expected to be delivered in line with the National Standards for the provision of children’s advocacy the estimated total value of the contract is stated in II.1.5) of this notice and is for the initial term inclusive of the approximate value for extensions for the avoidance of doubt, the estimated annual value of the contract will be approximately 1 000 000 GBP. The contract will be awarded for an initial term of 3 years, with the option to extend the contract up to 2 further years. Please note that the contract requirements will be subject to available financial resources, supplier performance and flexibility to meet changing demands. Organisations should be aware that due to the nature of the services provided, any contract formed as a result of this procurement process shall be executed as a deed. Organisations should seek independent legal advice on the implications of this prior to submitting their bid, where appropriate. Please Note the TUPE Staffing Information for this procurement has been provided along with other documentation for this procurement. TUPE related information must be treated as protected data in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 and must be kept confidential. Therefore by accessing this tender via Supply Hertfordshire and then the View Details button and accessing the documentation for this procurement, tenderers agree to undertake to treat the information as confidential and commercially sensitive at all times and take all reasonable steps to prevent any inadvertent disclosure to any third party.

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

Duration in months: 60
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

This Contract will be reviewed at the end of the Contract Period.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

Option to extend up to a further 2 years on an annual basis.

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Children Services.

Lot No: Lot 5

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85000000
98000000
85323000
85300000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKH23

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The tender opportunity for the provision of advocacy services for Hertfordshire will be offered in 5 separate Lots with Lots 1 to 4 for adults advocacy and Lot 5 for children and young people. Tenderers can opt to bid for one or more of the Lots. Lot 1 – 4 Adults advocacy HertsHelp advocacy services (for adults) will be commissioned via 4 Lots as detailed in Section 2.2 below. All contracts will include the provision of community advocacy (both group and individual casework) and all providers will be expected to work in partnership to deliver an empowering and holistic independent advocacy service for eligible residents of Hertfordshire. There will be extra duties that sit firmly with the lead provider such as triage, marketing, training, professional supervision, spot purchasing/sub-contracting, statutory and non statutory advocacy provision. The providers are to be committed to ensuring that Hertfordshire County Council has met their obligations under relevant legislations relating to advocacy. Lot 5: Children’s advocacy Hertfordshire CLA and safeguarding commissioning service (including Hertfordshire young commissioners) wish to commission an advocacy service to empower children in order to make sure their rights are respected and views are heard. The service is expected to be delivered in line with the National Standards for the provision of children’s advocacy the estimated total value of the contract is stated in II.1.5) of this notice and is for the initial term inclusive of the approximate value for extensions for the avoidance of doubt, the estimated annual value of the contract will be approximately 1 000 000 GBP. The contract will be awarded for an initial term of 3 years, with the option to extend the contract up to 2 further years. Please note that the contract requirements will be subject to available financial resources, supplier performance and flexibility to meet changing demands. Organisations should be aware that due to the nature of the services provided, any contract formed as a result of this procurement process shall be executed as a deed. Organisations should seek independent legal advice on the implications of this prior to submitting their bid, where appropriate. Please Note the TUPE Staffing Information for this procurement has been provided along with other documentation for this procurement. TUPE related information must be treated as protected data in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 and must be kept confidential. Therefore by accessing this tender via Supply Hertfordshire and then the View Details button and accessing the documentation for this procurement, tenderers agree to undertake to treat the information as confidential and commercially sensitive at all times and take all reasonable steps to prevent any inadvertent disclosure to any third party.

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

Duration in months: 60
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

This Contract will be reviewed at the end of the Contract Period.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

Option to extend up to a further 2 years on an annual basis.

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
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
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: no
IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2017/S 149-308545

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

Date: 29/01/2018
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

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: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 29/01/2018
Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

Please note Hertfordshire County Council has worked closely with its districts and partners to create a joint procurement portal called supply Hertfordshire. This portal provides an e-Tendering system which is run by In-Tend. To access this procurement opportunity please visit www.supplyhertfordshire.uk and follow the on-screen guidance. This is a one stage procurement process. Therefore, if you wish to be considered as a tenderer you must complete and submit a tender by the specified closing date and time. Tender submissions cannot be uploaded after this return deadline. If you are experiencing problems In-Tend offer a help section which includes a dedicated UK support desk which can be contacted via email: support@in-tend.com or Telephone: +44 1144070065 for any website/technical questions, Monday to Friday, 8:30-17:30. The Council reserves the right at any time to cease the procurement process and not award a Contract or to award only part of the opportunity described in this notice. If the Council takes up this right, then they will not be responsible for or pay the expenses or losses, which may be incurred by any organisation or tenderer as a result. The Council undertakes to hold confidential any information provided in the proposal submitted, subject to the Council’s obligations under the law including the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If the organisation considers that any of the information submitted in the proposal should not be disclosed because of its sensitivity then this should be stated with the reason for considering it sensitive. The Council will then endeavour to consult with the applicant about such sensitive information when considering any request received under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 before replying to such a request. The services advertised in this notice fall under the services listed in Annex XIV to Directive 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council and the contracting authority is not obliged to follow The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 in full. The procurement process that will apply to the services is specified in the procurement documents accordingly.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

N/A
N/A
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

The Contracting Authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day (when using electronic means) standstill period at the point information on the award of the Contract is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the decision to award a Contract before a contract is executed/signed (as appropriate). The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (‘Regulations’) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Any such action must be brought promptly and within the time limits as defined in the above regulations. Where a Contract has not been entered into the court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the contracting authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the Contract has been entered into the court has the options to award damages and/or to shorten or order the Contract ineffective.

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

High Court, Royal Courts of Justice
The Strand
Hertford
WC2A 2LL
United Kingdom

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

12/12/2017

 

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