NEPO Independent Fostering Services Flexible Procurement Agreement 

NEPO Independent Fostering Services Flexible Procurement Agreement

An unlimited number of independent fostering agencies will be appointed to the solution from across the UK but it is anticipated that most placements will be made in the North of England.

United Kingdom-Newcastle upon Tyne: Health and social work services

2019/S 132-324583

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Newcastle City Council
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8QH
United Kingdom
Contact person: Linzi McMeekin
Telephone: +44 1912115870
E-mail: Corporate.Procurement.Team@newcastle.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKC22
Internet address(es):Main address: www.nepoportal.org

Address of the buyer profile: www.nepoportal.org

I.1)Name and addresses

The Borough Council of Gateshead
Civic Centre, Regent Street
Gateshead
NE8 1HH
United Kingdom
Contact person: Lucy Peart
Telephone: +44 1912115870
E-mail: lucypeart@gateshead.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKC22
Internet address(es):Main address: www.nepoportal.org

Address of the buyer profile: www.nepoportal.org

I.1)Name and addresses

The County Council of Durham
County Hall
Durham
DH1 5UL
United Kingdom
Contact person: Lindsey Herring
Telephone: +44 1912115870
E-mail: lindsey.herring@durham.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKC14
Internet address(es):Main address: www.nepoportal.org

Address of the buyer profile: www.nepoportal.org

I.1)Name and addresses

The Council of the Borough of North Tyneside
Quadrant, Cobalt Business Park
North Tyneside
NE27 0BY
United Kingdom
Contact person: Rebecca Bacon
Telephone: +44 1916438696
E-mail: Rebecca.Bacon@northtyneside.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKC22
Internet address(es):Main address: www.nepoportal.org

Address of the buyer profile: www.nepoportal.org

I.1)Name and addresses

Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
NE61 2EF
United Kingdom
Contact person: Lynn Bryden
Telephone: +44 1670622736
E-mail: lynn.bryden@northumberland.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKC21
Internet address(es):Main address: www.nepoportal.org

Address of the buyer profile: www.nepoportal.org

I.1)Name and addresses

South Tyneside Borough Council
Town Hall and Civic Centre, Westoe Road
South Shields
NE33 2RL
United Kingdom
Contact person: Jamie Brown
Telephone: +44 1914247142
E-mail: jamie.brown@southtyneside.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKC22
Internet address(es):Main address: www.nepoportal.org

Address of the buyer profile: www.nepoportal.org

I.1)Name and addresses

Together for Children Sunderland Ltd
Civic Centre, Burdon Road
Sunderland
SR2 7DN
United Kingdom
Contact person: Emma Stewart
Telephone: +44 1915615812
E-mail: Emma.Stewart@togetherforchildren.org.uk
NUTS code: UKC23
Internet address(es):Main address: www.nepoportal.org

Address of the buyer profile: www.nepoportal.org

I.1)Name and addresses

Hartlepool Borough Council
Victoria Road
Hartlepool
TS24 8AY
United Kingdom
Contact person: Kelly Armstrong
Telephone: +44 1429523043
E-mail: kelly.armstrong@hartlepool.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKC11
Internet address(es):Main address: www.nepoportal.org

Address of the buyer profile: www.nepoportal.org

I.1)Name and addresses

Middlesbrough Borough Council
Town Hall, Corporation Road
Middlesbrough
TS1 9FX
United Kingdom
Contact person: James Himsworth
Telephone: +44 1642728422
E-mail: james.himsworth@middlesbrough.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKC1
Internet address(es):Main address: www.nepoportal.org

Address of the buyer profile: www.nepoportal.org

I.1)Name and addresses

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
Redcar and Cleveland House
Redcar
TS10 1RT
United Kingdom
Contact person: Michele-Louisa Dickens
Telephone: +44 1642771104
E-mail: Michele-Louisa.Dickens@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKC1
Internet address(es):Main address: www.nepoportal.org

Address of the buyer profile: www.nepoportal.org

I.1)Name and addresses

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Municipal Buildings, Church Road
Stockton-on-Tees
TS18 1LD
United Kingdom
Contact person: Michael Rowntree
Telephone: +44 1642528151
E-mail: Michael.Rowntree@stockton.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKC11
Internet address(es):Main address: www.nepoportal.org

Address of the buyer profile: www.nepoportal.org

I.1)Name and addresses

Darlington Borough Council
Town Hall, Feethams
Darlington
DL1 5QT
United Kingdom
Contact person: Helen Watson
Telephone: +44 1325405866
E-mail: helen.watson@darlington.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKC13
Internet address(es):Main address: www.nepoportal.org

Address of the buyer profile: www.nepoportal.org

I.2)Information about joint procurement

The contract involves joint procurement

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: www.nepo.org
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
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:

006050 — NEPO Provision of Independent Fostering Services (NE7)

II.1.2)Main CPV code

85000000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

Newcastle City Council (‘the Lead Authority’) is acting as the lead authority on behalf of the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) and its Member Authorities, in respect of the procurement of a bespoke flexible procurement solution (FPS) known as a flexible procurement agreement (the contract) for provision of independent fostering services for looked after children.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

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:

All Placement/Arrangement Types

Lot No: 1

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85000000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Placements in independent foster care services. The child/young person may or may not be subject of a care order (Section 31 of the children 1989) and in which case the local authority will have parental responsibility or the local authority is satisfied that the child/young person is in need of accommodation under (Section 20 of the Children Act 1989), in which case the local authority will not have parental responsibility for the child/young person. An unlimited number of independent fostering agencies will be appointed to the solution from across the UK but it is anticipated that most placements will be made in the North of England.

The opportunity can be accessed via the NEPO eTender system. Suppliers wishing to be considered for this flexible procurement agreement must register their expression of interest and submit a tender through the NEPO eTender system. If not already registered, tenderers should register on the NEPO eTender system at https://procontract.due-north.com/register?openform. Tenders must be submitted using the link above. Tenders submitted via postal or email methods will not be accepted. If you require time-critical assistance on submitting your tender please contact the system support team on 0330 0050352. For non-time critical issues, such as passwords, general account queries and location of information, etc. please contact proactis supplier support helpdesk ticketing system (http://proactis.kayako.com) and select ProContractV3 support. You will then need to log in or submit a ticket to register your issue. Alternatively, you can emailProContractSuppliers@proactis.com this will automatically log a support ticket on the proactis supplier support helpdesk. Successful suppliers will enter into a flexible procurement agreement in a form which is set out in the procurement documents. The lead authority does not give any guarantee and/or warrant the actual value of the goods/works/services (if any) which will be placed with the successful suppliers by any participating authorities using the flexible procurement agreement pursuant to this process and accepts no liability thereof.

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: 30
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

18 month initial contract period with 1 x 12 month option to extend.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

1 x 12 month option to extend available following initial contract term.

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:

All applicants are required to complete and return a detailed selection questionnaire prepared by Newcastle City Council as the lead Contracting Authority and provide such supporting evidence as may be requested by the deadline stated.

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

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement: 25
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: 12/08/2019
Local time: 17:00
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: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 13/08/2019
Local time: 09:00
Place:

Newcastle Civic Centre.

Information about authorised persons and opening procedure:

Craig Winter (Legal Representative, Newcastle City Council)

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:

The following 7 local authorities in the North of the North East region will be the predominant users of this solution:

Newcastle City Council (Lead Authority)

Durham County Council

Gateshead Council

North Tyneside Council

Northumberland County Council

South Tyneside Council

Together for Children (Sunderland)

The following local authorities in the South of the region will have the opportunity to utilise the flexible procurement agreement in addition to the Tees Valley Solution for independent foster care:

Darlington Borough Council

Hartlepool Borough Council

Middlesbrough Borough Council

Redcar and Cleveland Council

Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council

The participating organisations named in the contract particulars and where the context so admits includes any person which takes over or assumes the statutory functions or administrative responsibilities of the participating organisations (whether in part or totally) or which is controlled by or is under common control with the participating organisations (and the expression ‘control’ shall mean the power to direct or cause the direction of the general management and policies of the person in question but only for so long as such control exists).

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 provide aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom
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

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

09/07/2019