Tender for Education Quality Assurance and Related Services

Tender for Education Quality Assurance and Related Services

Following a major review of our standards, we have recently published new proficiencies that nurses and nurse and midwife prescribers will need in the future, and requirements for education providers.

United Kingdom-London: Education and training services

2018/S 107-244079

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Nursing and Midwifery Council
23 Portland Place
London
W1B 1PZ
United Kingdom
Contact person: Ms Rahat Khalil
E-mail: procurement@nmc-uk.org
NUTS code: UKI
Internet address(es):Main address: www.nmc.org
I.2)Information about joint procurement

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://www.in-tendhost.co.uk/nmc
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Other type: UK Healthcare Regulator

I.5)Main activity

Health

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Provision of Education Quality Assurance and Related Services

Reference number: EDU-00000014

II.1.2)Main CPV code

80000000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

As the introduction of new standards and regulation of a new role represents significant change for the sector, all programme approvals against the new standards during this period will include a documentary review and a visit. The data and intelligence collected and considered by reviewers will be used to inform our decision on whether to give approval, and will also create a baseline to inform future quality assurance activity. As this will represent a large amount of programme approval activity, planning and communication with key stakeholders will be key to the success of future service delivery.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 6 600 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

80000000
85100000
98390000
79400000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Following a major review of our standards, we have recently published new proficiencies that nurses and nurse and midwife prescribers will need in the future, and requirements for education providers. We have also published new standards for assessment and supervision. These will be used as the basis for our quality assurance activity. A holistic review of all other standards related to midwifery education is underway, and we have commissioned an independent evaluation of our remaining post-registration standards. In January 2017, we also agreed to be the regulator for the new nursing associate role. Once we become the regulator for the role, we will also quality assure the education of nursing associates. The standards of proficiency and programme standards for nursing associate education are due for publication in September 2018. While quality assurance of the nursing associate role will only apply in England, all other aspects must address the variations involved in working across the four countries of the UK. As the introduction of new standards and regulation of a new role represents significant change for the sector, all programme approvals against the new standards during this period will include a documentary review and a visit. The data and intelligence collected and considered by visitors will be used to inform our decision on whether to give approval, and will also create a baseline to inform future quality assurance activity. As this will represent a large amount of activity, with a spike in programme approval activity volume in the first year then diminishing over the remaining contract years as the new model of quality assurance is introduced in full, planning and communication with key stakeholders will be key to the success of future service delivery. In order to be assured that education institutions are meeting our standards, we have developed criteria based on the final version of the standards and key lines of enquiry to guide the work of visitors. The criteria include details of the evidence that an institution can provide to demonstrate that they meet the education framework and programme standards that enable students to meet the relevant standards of proficiency. The standards set out what all Approved Education Institutions (AEIs), practice placement and work placed learning providers must do in order to manage and deliver all NMC approved education programmes. Areas of key lines of enquiry and criteria will include admissions, curricula, methods of student assessment and support for students in practice. In line with taking a proportionate approach we will also draw on the findings of other bodies such as the Office for Students to provide assurance. As part of programme approval we will consider whether the institution is “properly organised and equipped for conducting the whole or part of an approved course of education or training”. In order to provide additional information to consider we are also considering and developing aspects of the new model for quality assurance that incorporate thematic reviews, enhanced scrutiny of new institutions, and the later potential for a student survey.

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: 6 600 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 60
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

On-going requirement on behalf of the NMC.

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

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

Initial contract is for 36 months with an option to extend up to a further 24 month possible extension in 2 annual increments of 12 months (subject to excellent performance at the end of the initial terms). Please respond to this procurement by registering your interest via the NMC e-Sourcing portal (“e-Sourcing Portal”): https://in-tendhost.co.uk/nmc

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

List and brief description of conditions:

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:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Restricted procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
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: no
IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2018/S 025-053659

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

Date: 15/06/2018
Local time: 17:00

IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

Date: 01/08/2018

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

English

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

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published:

2024.

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Nursing and Midwifery Council
23 Portland Place
London
United KingdomInternet address: www.nmc.org
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

05/06/2018

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