Tender for Delivery of Post-Graduate Diploma in Social Work
Hertfordshire County Council is currently out to procurement for the provision of a post-graduate diploma in social work.
United Kingdom-Hertford: Adult-education services at university level
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name and addresses
Contact person: Strategic Procurement Group
Telephone: +44 1707292464
NUTS code: UKH23
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Section II: Object
HCC — 10/18 — The Provision of a Post-Graduate Diploma in Social Work
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
Hertfordshire County Council (the “Council”) is currently out to procurement for the provision of a post-graduate diploma in social work. Further information in regards to this opportunity can be found in II.2.4) description of the procurement field (OJEU contract notice refers). Organisations wishing to take part in this project are invited to “express interest” which will give access to the full procurement documents in the e-tendering system. Please see VI.3) Additional information for further information. Any questions relating to this procurement must be made via the correspondence area in the e-Tendering system, in accordance with the procurement documents and can be addressed to the main contact as shown in the details above.
II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:
The step up to social work Programme provides an accelerated entry route into social work for high-achieving graduates and career changers. Step up to social work is delivered through the development of a bespoke work-based 14 month postgraduate diploma Programme, led by groups of local authorities working in regional partnerships and contracting with HEIs. Award of the diploma enables candidates to apply for registration as a qualified social worker. The estimated total value of the contract is stated in II.1.5) of this notice and is for the initial term inclusive of the approximate value for extensions. For the avoidance of doubt, the estimated value of the three Cohorts will be approximately 700000 GBP. The Contract will be awarded for an initial term of two (2) years, with the option to extend the contract up to 2 further cohorts of two (2) years each up to a total of four (4) further years. Please note that the contract requirements will be subject to available financial resources, supplier performance and flexibility to meet changing demands. Organisations should be aware that due to the nature of the services provided, any contract formed as a result of this procurement process shall be executed as a deed. Organisations should seek independent legal advice on the implications of this prior to submitting their bid, where appropriate. Please note the TUPE staffing Information for this procurement has been provided along with other documentation for this procurement. TUPE related information must be treated as protected data in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 and must be kept confidential. Therefore by accessing this tender via supply Hertfordshire and then the view details button and accessing the documentation for this procurement, tenderers agree to undertake to treat the information as confidential and commercially sensitive at all times and take all reasonable steps to prevent any inadvertent disclosure to any third party.
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
This contract will be reviewed at the end of the contract period.
II.2.10)Information about variants
II.2.11)Information about options
The initial term is as stated in II.2.7 with the option to extend for up to 2 further cohorts of two (2) years each up to a total of four (4) further years.
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
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
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
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
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.1)Information about recurrence
Please note Hertfordshire County Council has worked closely with its districts and partners to create a joint procurement portal called supply Hertfordshire. This portal provides an e-Tendering system which is run by In-Tend. To access this procurement opportunity please visit www.supplyhertfordshire.uk and follow the on-screen guidance. This is a one stage procurement process. Therefore, if you wish to be considered as a tenderer you must complete and submit a tender by the specified closing date and time. Tender submissions cannot be uploaded after this return deadline. If you are experiencing problems In-Tend offer a help section which includes a dedicated UK support desk which can be contacted via email: email@example.com or Telephone: +44 1144070065 for any website/technical questions, Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 17:30. The Council reserves the right at any time to cease the procurement process and not award a contract or to award only part of the opportunity described in this notice. If the Council takes up this right, then they will not be responsible for or pay the expenses or losses, which may be incurred by any organisation or tenderer as a result. The Council undertakes to hold confidential any information provided in the proposal submitted, subject to the Council’s obligations under the law including the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If the organisation considers that any of the information submitted in the proposal should not be disclosed because of its sensitivity then this should be stated with the reason for considering it sensitive. The Council will then endeavour to consult with the applicant about such sensitive information when considering any request received under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 before replying to such a request. The services advertised in this notice fall under the services listed in Annex XIV to Directive 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council and the Contracting Authority is not obliged to follow The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 in full. The procurement process that will apply to the services is specified in the procurement documents accordingly.
The Contracting Authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day (when using electronic means) standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the decision to award a contract before a contract is executed/signed (as appropriate). The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (“Regulations”) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Any such action must be brought promptly and within the time limits as defined in the above regulations. Where a Contract has not been entered into the court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the Contracting Authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the Contract has been entered into the court has the options to award damages and/or to shorten or order the contract ineffective.
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: