NHS Tender for Interpretation and Translation Services 2016

NHS Tender for Interpretation and Translation Services 2016

Invitation to tender for the supply of Interpretation and Translation Services to the NHS and wider UK public sector.

United Kingdom-Salford: Interpretation services

2016/S 133-239408

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

NHS Shared Business Services
Halyard Court, 31 Broadway, The Quays
M50 2UW
United Kingdom
Contact person: Jack Steele
Telephone: +44 1612123735
E-mail: jack_steele@nhs.net
NUTS code: UK

Internet address(es):Main address: https://www.sbs.nhs.uk/

Address of the buyer profile: https://nhssbs.eu-supply.com/ctm/Company/CompanyInformation/Index/39

I.2)Joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://uk.eu-supply.com/app/rfq/rwlentrance_s.asp?PID=16734&B=NHSSBS
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://uk.eu-supply.com/app/rfq/rwlentrance_s.asp?PID=16734&B=NHSSBS
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Other type: other: NHS SBS (acting as an agent on behalf of its clients) is a Joint venture between the Department of Health and Sopra Steria

I.5)Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Interpretation and Translation Services 2016.

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

Invitation to tender for the supply of Interpretation and Translation Services to the NHS and wider UK public sector.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 80 000 000.00 GBP

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
Main site or place of performance:

M50 2UW.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) wishes to establish a framework agreement for the provision of Interpretation and Translation Services. NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) wishes to establish a framework agreement for use by or on behalf of current and future NHS SBS clients, including without limitation: (I) any national health service (NHS) trust, (II) other persons and bodies exercising NHS functions or otherwise providing NHS services (including, but not limited to primary care trusts, strategic health authorities and foundation trusts) (being other NHS entities), (III) other UK public sector bodies providing non-health services, (IV) private sector entities in the UK and Isle of Man public services sector (See Section VI.3) Additional Information).

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

Value excluding VAT: 80 000 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

24 month initial period with NHS SBS reserving the right to extend the framework for a further 12 months and then a subsequent further 12 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

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:

Further details found within the tender documents attached.

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

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement: 18
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

Notice number in the OJ S: 2016/S 124-221636

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

Date: 12/08/2016
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:

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

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 15/08/2016
Local time: 9:00

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:

The duration referenced in Section II 1.5) and II.2.6) is for the placing of orders.

The value provided in Section II.2.7) is only an estimate. We cannot guarantee to successful suppliers any business through this framework agreement. Spend and volumes may vary throughout the life of the framework agreement from the anticipated levels given in this notice.

NHS SBS wishes to establish a Framework Agreement for use by the following UK, Isle of Man and Scottish bodies subject to the approval of NHS SBS: Public sector bodies, including any statutory and other successor organisations to any of the foregoing and in addition any other commissioners (whether alone or jointly with any other organisation), providers and regulators of NHS funded (either in whole or in part) services including practice based commissioning consortia, general practice commissioning consortia, the National Commissioning Board (and all sub national offices including any body obtaining new membership to NHS Shared Business Services Ltd).

In addition, the following public sector bodies will be able to use the Framework subject to the approval of NHS SBS:

Central Government Departments, Executive Agencies and NDPBs, National Health Service (NHS) bodies, including: Acute Trusts; Clinical Commissioning Groups; Mental Health Trusts;Ambulance Trusts; Care Trusts; Area Teams; Special Health Authorities other English NHS bodies; Arms Length Bodies.

The NHS Commissioning Board and other organisations involved in commissioning or overseeing General Practitioner services and GP consortia which will be responsible for commissioning most aspects of NHS care GP Practices and any other provider of primary medical services.

a) who are a party to any of the following contracts:

— General Medical Services (GMS),

— Personal Medical Services (PMS),

— Alternative Provider Medical Services (APMS); and/or

b) Commissioned by the NHS Commissioning Board or other organisations involved in commissioning or overseeing General Practitioner services, as described above.

Social Enterprises: Local Authorities;

NHS Wales (National Health Service for Wales);

Other Welsh Public Bodies;

NHS Scotland;

Other Scottish Public Bodies;

NHS Northern Ireland (National Health Service for Northern Ireland);

Northern Ireland Public Bodies;

Local Authorities.

Any commercial, not-for-profit, or other charitable entity created, controlled and financed by a local authority or authorities with regard to provision of services captured by this framework.

Police forces and other emergency services, including fire and rescue services, the maritime and coastguard agency and other rescue authorities (a list of police authorities and fire and rescue services can be found respectively at the following):

Educational establishments: Educational Establishments in England and Wales, maintained by the Department for Children, Schools and Families including Schools, Universities and Colleges but Not Independent Schools, Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) or Private Registered Providers of social housing (PRPs), Third Sector and Registered charities, Devolved and other administrations with the British Isles, Her Majesty’s prison service, The Ministry of Defence, Isle of Man Government Health / Public Services.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

NHS Shared Business Services
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:



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