Pathology Services London

Pathology Services London

Provision of an end to end consultant led pathology service.

United Kingdom-London: Pathology services

2015/S 127-233363

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham
For the attention of: Tom Medhurst
BR3 3BX London

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Electronic access to information:

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate:

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

Body governed by public law

I.3)Main activity


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

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract


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

Pathology Services.

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

Service category No 27: Other services


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

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

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

Pathology services. Provision of an end to end consultant led pathology service (including but not limited to haematology,
biochemistry, immunology, toxicology, genetics, and microbiology). The Pathology Service will include specimen transport, test analysis and reporting, consultant support, implementation of electronic test requesting and provision of pathology consumables. Phlebotomy support is an optional service.

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


This contract is divided into lots: no

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Provision of an end to end consultant led pathology service (including but not limited to haematology, biochemistry, immunology, toxicology and microbiology) on an exclusive basis in accordance with a service specification to the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust as requestors of pathology services in both Mental Health and community settings across 18 sites at various locations in South London and Kent as detailed within the tender document, who are mainly clinicians who provide mental health services to approximately 10 000 patients.
The contract will be for an initial period of 5 years with an option to extend for a further 2 years.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 4 500 000 and 7 500 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 84 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

Details included in the Invitation to Tender document.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Details included in the Invitation to Tender document.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

Any grouping of suppliers, contractors or service providers to whom the contract is to be awarded may be required to form a single corporate entity, to put forward a single prime contractor and to subcontract where appropriate, or to assume joint and several liability for contract performance.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: At the time the contract is performed, the services must be delivered in accordance with all the relevant standards and regulatory requirements of the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) specifically ISO15189, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the Health Protection Agency (HPA), and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and any other current requirement related to the provision of Pathology services within NHS and NHS Foundation Trust environments.
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

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (a) Appropriate statements from banks or, where appropriate, evidence of relevant professional risk indemnity insurance.
(b) The presentation of balance-sheets or extracts from the balance-sheets, where publication of the balance-sheet is required under the law of the country in which the economic operator is established.
(c) A statement of the undertaking’s overall turnover and, where appropriate, of turnover in the area covered by the contract for a maximum of the last 3 financial years available, depending on the date on which the undertaking was set up or the economic operator started trading, as far as the information on these turnovers is available.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
(a) a list of the works carried out over the past five years, accompanied by certificates of satisfactory execution for the most important works. These certificates shall indicate the value, date and site of the works and shall specify whether they were carried out according to the rules of the trade and properly completed. Where appropriate, the competent authority shall submit these certificates to the contracting authority direct;
(b) a list of the principal deliveries effected or the main services provided in the past three years, with the sums, dates and recipients, whether public or private, involved. Evidence of delivery and services provided shall be given: — where the recipient was a contracting authority, in the form of certificates issued or countersigned by the competent authority, — where the recipient was a private purchaser, by the purchaser’s certification or, failing this, simply by a declaration by the economic operator;
(c) an indication of the technicians or technical bodies involved, whether or not belonging directly to the economic operator’s undertaking, especially those responsible for quality control and, in the case of public works contracts, those upon whom the contractor can call in order to carry out the work;
(d) A description of the technical facilities and measures used by the supplier or service provider for ensuring quality and the undertaking’s study and research facilities;
(e) Where the products or services to be supplied are complex or, exceptionally, are required for a special purpose, a check carried out by the contracting authorities or on their behalf by a competent official body of the country in which the supplier or service provider is established, subject to that body’s agreement, on the production capacities of the supplier or the technical capacity of the service provider and, if necessary, on the means of study and research which are available to it and the quality control measures it will operate;
(f) The educational and professional qualifications of the service provider or contractor and/or those of the undertaking’s managerial staff and, in particular, those of the person or persons responsible for providing the services or managing the work;
(g) For public works contracts and public services contracts, and only in appropriate cases, an indication of the environmental management measures that the economic operator will be able to apply when performing the contract;
(h) A statement of the average annual manpower of the service provider or contractor and the number of managerial staff for the last 3 years;
(i) A statement of the tools, plant or technical equipment available to the service provider or contractor for carrying out the contract;
(j) An indication of the proportion of the contract which the services provider intends possibly to subcontract;
(k) With regard to the products to be supplied: (i) samples, descriptions and/or photographs, the authenticity of which must be certified if the contracting authority so requests; (ii) certificates drawn up by official quality control institutes or agencies of recognised competence attesting the conformity of products clearly identified by references to specifications or standards.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no

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

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: yes

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

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
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

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2015/S 46-079108 of 6.3.2015

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

10.8.2015 – 12:00
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

Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 10.8.2015 – 12:00


System will allow release of tenders after the closing date and time and not before.

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

VI.3)Additional information

For more information about this opportunity, please visit the Delta eSourcing portal at:

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For more information about this opportunity, please visit the Delta eSourcing portal at:

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GO Reference: GO-201571-PRO-6742678.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the decision to award the contract is communicated to tenderers. This decision notice will incorporate the award criteria, the reasons for the decision, the reasons (if any) why a tenderer did not meet any technical specification, the identity of the successful tenderer(s), the relative merits of the successful tenderer and a precise statement of when the standstill period is expected to end. Any appeal or challenge against the award decision must be communicated to the address stated in Section I.1 within the standstill period. If an appeal or challenge regarding the decision to award the contract has not been successfully resolved the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 provide for aggrieved parties who have suffered harm or are at risk of harm by a breach of the procurement rules to take action in the High Court (England Wales and Northern Ireland).Any such action must be brought promptly (generally within 3 months) (NB this time limit may be reduced to 30 days in circumstances where the contract award has been publicised to all participants in accordance with the Regulations). Where a legal challenge is launched against the award decision SLaM is obliged to suspend the making of the contract. Where a challenge is made after the contract has been entered into then that contract could be declared ineffective and/or shortened and/or a fine imposed by the courts, but only where the courts are satisfied that there has been a serious breach of the procurement rules.
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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