National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme Management

National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme Management

Commissioning, developing, quality assurance and account management of up to 40 audits and national outcome reviews per annum under the NCAPOP.

United Kingdom-Leeds: Health services

2017/S 222-461498

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

NHS England
Quarry House, Quarry Hill
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1138251695
NUTS code: UKInternet address(es):Main address:

I.2)Joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body


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

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

National or federal agency/office

I.5)Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP).

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

This is a requirement for the Management and Development of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP).

The contract includes delivering aspects of the management function including: commissioning, developing, quality assurance and account management of up to 40 audits and national outcome reviews per annum under the NCAPOP.

The estimated value of this contract will be between 1 000 000 GBP and 1 300 000 GBP per annum excluding VAT.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)


II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The NCAPOP aims to improve patient outcomes by stimulating quality improvement and supporting policy development and operational commissioning through the use of high quality data about the quality of care.

NHS England currently contracts with the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) to lead, commission, develop and manage NCAPOP from a number of audit providers (subcontractors / audit providers). Most of NCAPOP involves healthcare in England and Wales and, to a lesser extent, other devolved nations. The existing NHS England contract with HQIP ceases on the 31.3.2018. The new contract to manage NCAPOP will commence from 1.4.2018 and be let for a period of three years with the option to extend for an additional two years.

Besides NHS England, NCAPOP outputs are used by a number of other organisations including: NHS providers of healthcare, NHS Improvement, Care Quality Commission (CQC), Public Health England, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and third sector organisations.

NHS England relies on NCAPOP to support delivery of several corporate priorities and statutory duties, including:

— NHS Five Year Forward View ambitions on quality — To reduce variations in where patients receive care, we will measure and publish meaningful and comparable measurements for all major pathways of care by 2020. Much of the data to support this work will be drawn from NCAPOP;

— The National Information Board’s strategic aims include the intention to link clinical audit data to other national data sets to enable more sophisticated analyses and insights and a broader understanding of outcomes than is currently available;

— Monitoring and stimulating quality improvement in care associated with NHS England’s clinical corporate priorities, for example: audits about the quality of care in adult and child diabetes, cancer, maternity and mental health services;

— Encouraging the wide use of robust data for quality improvement of care, offering patient choice, promoting patient safety, supporting revalidation and service accreditation, commissioning, service redesign, and research;

— Supporting commissioners to identify and tackle variation through RightCare, for example the diabetes audit;

— Supporting payment mechanisms, for example best practice tariff in the national hip fracture database, stroke and cardiac audits, or evidencing national CQUIN compliance, for example the psychosis audit;

— Supporting the Government’s transparency initiative through the publication of quality measures at the level of individual consultant and hospital/unit level on NHS Choices;

— Identifying and responding to serious national incidents or areas of concern, for example the new child mortality database, the learning disabilities mortality review and the national confidential enquiry into patient outcome and death; and

— Supporting commissioning of specialised services, for example the specialised cardiac care and paediatric intensive care audits.

A full description of the requirements are provided within the Invitation To Tender (ITT) documentation associated with this opportunity, which is available via

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: 36
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

Subject to future NHS England policy and strategy, this may be renewed by a period of up to 24 months.

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

List and brief description of conditions:

This procurement exercise will be conducted via the Authority’s e-tendering portal ( There will be no hard-copy documents issued to Potential Providers and all communications between Potential Providers and the Authority, including tender submissions will be through the e-tendering portal.

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.1.1)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: 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: 18/12/2017
Local time: 09:00
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:

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 18/12/2017
Local time: 09:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

HM Courts of Justice
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

The Authority will incorporate a standstill period at the point that information about the actual award of the contract is communicated to tenderers.

That notification will provide information on the award decision. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of ten (10) calendar days, provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into. The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (as amended) provide remedies under statute for aggrieved parties.

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

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:



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