Piloting of quality indicators tender

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

2012/S 186-305987

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence
MidCity Place, 71 High Holborn,
Contact point(s): Y Tutt
WC1V 6NA London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1618703197
E-mail: yvonne.tutt@nice.org.uk

Internet address(es):

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)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity
Health
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)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Piloting of quality indicators tender.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 8: Research and development services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: At suppliers premises.
NUTS code UK
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)
Within NICE, the Quality Standards and Indicators Team as part of the Health and Social Care Directorate is responsible for producing Quality Standards and indicators for the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) and Commissioning Outcomes Framework (COF).
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.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73110000, 73120000, 85140000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.1.8)Lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
The main objective of the contractor is to pilot indicators in primary care and to undertake and support health economic analysis.
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
II.2.2)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Duration in months: 36 (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:
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:
Joint and Severable.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
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
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
Open
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:
QOF-09-2012
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 19.11.2012 – 17:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
19.11.2012 – 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
English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
in days: 180 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders
Date: 20.11.2012
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
VI.3)Additional information
Please note that when submitting your expression of interest, you must clearly state your name, company name, full postal address and a contact telephone number in your email.
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.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
Mid City Place 71 High Holborn
WC1V 6NA London
UNITED KINGDOM

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: NICE will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of.
The contract is communicated to tenders. This Period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the contracting authority before the contract is entered into. Applicants have 2 working days from the notification of the award decision to request additional debriefing and that information has to be provided a minimum of 3 working days before the expiry of the standstill period. Such additional information should be requested from the contracting authority named in section l.1. If an appeal regarding the award of a contract has not been successfully resolved.
The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI2006 No5.) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Any such action must be brought promptly (generally within three months). Where a contract has not been entered into, the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the Court may only award damages.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:24.9.2012

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