Piloting of quality indicators tender
The Health and Social Care Directorate wishes to appoint a contractor to: pilot QOF indicators in primary care, support health economic analysis of QOF indicators.
UK-London: research services
Section I: Contracting authority
National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence
MidCity Place, 71 High Holborn,
Contact point(s): Y Tutt
WC1V 6NA London
Telephone: +44 1618703197
General address of the contracting authority: http://www.nice.org.uk
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)
Section II: Object of the contract
Service category No 8: Research and development services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: At suppliers premises.
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The Health and Social Care Directorate wishes to appoint a contractor to:
— pilot QOF indicators in primary care,
— support health economic analysis of QOF indicators.
The contractor may on occasions be asked to pilot in primary care, quality indicators used in other frameworks.
The key objectives of the piloting service are to assess the feasibility, impact, barriers to implementation, acceptability and any unintended consequences of the indicators.
The key objectives of the health economic analysis are to advise on methods and provide reports on cost effectiveness of indicators.
The contractor will work in line with NICE methods and processes for development of QOF indicators. Documents describing the methods and process employed by NICE are available from the Institute’s website www.nice.org.uk.
The contractor should be able to start work from April 2013.
73110000, 73120000, 85140000
The key objectives of the piloting service are to assess the feasibility, impact and acceptability of indicators, and to identify barriers to implementation and any unintended consequences of the indicators.
The key objectives of the health economic analysis are to advise on methods and produce reports on cost effectiveness of indicators.
The main purpose of these indicators will be for use in the QOF but may on occasions be used in other outcomes frameworks.
Some of the activities that the contractor will be required to undertake are as follows:-.
— provide advice to NICE on the identification of new areas for indicator development,
— provide support and advice to NICE in the design of indicators in collaboration with the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC),
— develop a protocol, with agreement of NICE, outlining the questions to be addressed, the time period (usually around 6 months) and number of practices to be involved during piloting of indicators,
— pilot indicators in a number of general practices across England (with engagement with a small number of practices in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland),
— produce guidance for new indicators.
It is anticipated that the contractor will pilot up to 20 new indicators over a 12 month period.
All new indicators will be considered for suitability for cost-effectiveness analysis, and health economic reports will be produced for all suitable indicators in line with the methodology agreed with NICE.
The contractor will be expected to produce:
— reports on the results of piloting of indicators in a format agreed with NICE,
— health economic reports on the cost-effectiveness of indicators in a format agreed with NICE,
— guidance for new indicators,
— equality analysis at the piloting stage of indicator development.
The contract is expected to be in place by the start of April 2013 and will run for 3 years pending outcome of a formal review at the end of each year.The budget is £250 000,00 GBP per year (3 years =£750K).
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 250 000,00 and 750 000,00 GBP
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
Payable documents: no
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no
Section VI: Complementary information
All bids must be received at NICE no later than 5:00pm (17:00hrs) on 19.11.2012.Any bids received after the stated closing date of 19.11.2012 5:00pm (17:00hrs) may be rejected.
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
Mid City Place 71 High Holborn
WC1V 6NA London
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VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:24.9.2012