National Framework for Childhood Flu Immunisation Service

National Framework for Childhood Flu Immunisation Service

Following a recommendation in 2012 by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) that the annual influenza vaccination programme should be extended to include all children aged 2 to under 17 years of age, the phased introduction of this extension began in 2013.

United Kingdom-Derby: Health and social work services

2015/S 168-306730

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Arden and GEM CSU
Cardinal Square
For the attention of: Blackshaw Lucy
DE1 3QT Derby

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

National or federal agency/office

I.3)Main activity

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

Section II: Object of the contract


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

National Framework for Childhood Flu Immunisation Service (Window 2).

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

Service category No 25: Health and social services

NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands CSU (NHS Arden & GEM CSU) on behalf of NHS England (referred to as the Commissioners) is inviting suitably qualified and experienced providers to deliver the Services.
Influenza is an acute viral infection of the respiratory tract. There are 3 types of influenza virus: A, B and C. Influenza A and influenza B are responsible for most clinical illness. The disease is characterised by the sudden onset of fever, chills, headache, myalgia and extreme fatigue. Other common symptoms include a dry cough, sore throat and stuffy nose.
Immunisation is one of the most successful and cost effective public health interventions and a cornerstone of public health. The vaccine will provide protection against the strains of seasonal influenza that the World Health Organization (WHO) specifies as the most likely to cause disease each year. This vaccination programme extends the existing annual routine immunisation programme against influenza to more age groups of children.
Delivery of the childhood flu vaccination programme is intended to interrupt the number of cases, circulation and transmission of flu within the community. The economic case accepted by the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccine and Immunisation) was that this programme could significantly reduce demand on NHS services and ease winter pressures.
Following a recommendation in 2012 by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) that the annual influenza vaccination programme should be extended to include all children aged 2 to under 17 years of age, the phased introduction of this extension began in 2013.
The aim is to extend the existing annual routine immunisation programme against influenza to more age groups of children increasing quantity and quality to significantly lower the number of infections and outbreaks caused by the flu viruses.
In 2014/15 flu vaccination season, the flu vaccine was offered to all 2 and 3 year old children, and those aged four to 10 years (up to and including pupils in school year 6) in 7 different geographical pilot areas.
This season (2015-16) the flu vaccine will be offered to all 2 to 6 years old in England.
The key objective of the procurement is to qualify additional providers (framework members) to the recently established national framework for 2016/17 flu season service delivery and beyond.
Additional framework members will give commissioners a larger pool of providers to invite to participate in a mini-competition (as set out in section 3.2 of document 4 — Framework terms and conditions) to call off their local requirements for 2016-17.
Please note the framework went live on the 1.4.2015 and is for 3 years until the 31.3.2018, this window (window 2) is to invite further qualified providers onto the Framework for a period up to the 31.3.2018 only.
The Framework will allow for a quicker solution at ‘call off’ as providers will have been through Quality and Assurance checks to become accredited on the National Framework.
‘Call-off’ when required, will be via the mechanism set out in Section 3.2 ‘Mini Competition’ of Document 4 (Framework Agreement Terms and Conditions) for local commissioning of Childhood Flu Immunisation.
General information about this ITT:
‘Call-off’ from ‘Window 2’ of the framework will allow for contracts up to 2 years to be commissioned by local NHS England Teams. There will be a requirement for providers to demonstrate their capability to deliver to sub-region local specifications at the point of call-off.
The contract value will be defined by each sub-region at the point of ‘call-off’ from the National Framework in line with the service specification.
The Invitation to Tender (ITT) documentation will be available from 1.9.2015 and should be completed by the closing date of 17:00 on 15.10.2015.
Deadline for Expression of Interest is Friday 9th October at 17:00.
All submissions will be evaluated using the scoring criteria which is contained within the ITT -Document 1 published on the Arden & GEM Bravo e-sourcing portal.
Clarifications may be asked during the procurement process as set out in section 7 of this document, the deadline for clarification questions is 17:00 on 8.10.2015.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

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
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
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

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
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
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

9.10.2015 – 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

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
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

VI.3)Additional information

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise.
The services to which this notice relates fall within Part B of Schedule 3, Part 10 of the Public Services Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended) (‘the Regulations’).
Neither the publication of this notice nor the employment of any particular terminology nor any other indication shall be taken to mean that the contracting authorities intend to hold themselves bound by any of the Regulations save those applicable to the procurement of Part B services. These opportunities may be divided into lots. Please see published documentation for further detail.
Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender:
1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once):

— browse to the eSourcing Portal: and click the link to register,

— accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’,
— enter your correct business and user details,
— note the user-name you chose and click ‘Save’ when complete,
— you will shortly receive an e-mail with your unique password (please keep this secure).
2. Express an Interest in the tender:
— login to the portal with the user-name/password powered by BravoSolution eSourcing Technology,
— click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier),
— click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content,
— click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page,
— this will move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only),
— you can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box.
3. Responding to the tender
— click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining),
— you can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification,
— note the deadline for completion, then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT,
— there may be a mixture of on-line and off-line actions for you to perform (there is detailed on-line help available).
You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page.
If you require any further assistance please consult the on-line help, or contact the eTendering helpdesk.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:


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