Tender for Speech and Language Therapy

Tender for Speech and Language Therapy

Provision of Speech and Language Therapy: Childrens Centres and Early Years.

UK-Blackpool: health and social work services

2012/S 153-255833

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Blackpool Council
1 Clifton Street
For the attention of: Ekke Kugler
FY1 1JD Blackpool
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1253476132
E-mail: ekke.kugler@blackpool.gov.uk
Fax: +44 1253478594

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.blackpool.gov.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

Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity

General public services
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:

Provision of Speech and Language Therapy: Childrens Centres and Early Years.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 25: Health and social services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Blackpool.
NUTS code UKD42

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

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Framework agreement with a single operator
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 3
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 300 000,00 and 470 000,00 GBP

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

Contract Duration – 1.4.2013 to 31.3.2014 with the option to extend for a further 2 x 12 months subject to funding and satisfactory performance.
Blackpool Adults and Families Division wishes to enter into an arrangement with a proactive and experienced Brokerage Provider to ensure the successful delivery of a brokerage service. This service will provide an extensive range and choices of short break opportunities for Blackpool disabled children and young people.
Section 25 of the Children and Young People Act requires Local Authorities to provide short breaks for disabled children.
In Blackpool there has been a desire to work in partnership with parents to ensure that any services delivered not only meets the needs of the children, young people and their families but is also actively led by them.
Our aim is to ensure that there is a fully personalised approach for families with children and young people with disabilities to provide full parental choice. In working towards this we aim to build on the work of the short break opportunities and ensure that families with disabled children and young people have support and access to an array of services that build family resilience.
Details.
It is the intention of the Council to enter into a contractual relationship with the successful Provider (‘Broker’). The Broker will be responsible for forming its own contractual relationships with all short break activity Providers (‘Sub Contractors’) used to support the delivery of the service.
The successful Provider (‘Broker’) must be able to demonstrate robustness (on an on-going basis) of these contractual arrangements with activity Providers (‘Sub Contractors’) used to support the delivery of the service. The Council may require copies of the contracts on request. The successful bidder (‘Broker’) will have a Legal obligation to ensure all appropriate and correct safety requirements relating to (but not limited to) correct and appropriate insurance and insurance indemnity levels, security checks, Criminal Record Bureau Checks at Enhanced level and Health and Safety requirements are in place with each activity Provider (‘Sub Contractor’) used to support the delivery of the service.
Blackpool Council will not be liable for any litigation resulting from an accident or negligence of the Service Provider (‘Broker’) and / or activity Providers (‘Sub Contractors’) and it is the responsibility of the Service Provider and / or sub contractors to meet any claims for compensation. Blackpool Council will not be liable for any claims arising from such events. Blackpool Council will not be liable for any legal action or legal costs relating to such circumstances and this will be the responsibility of the Service Provider (‘Broker’) and / or activity Providers (‘Sub Contractors’).
The bidder shall on request supply to the Authority (Blackpool Council) a valid certificate from its insurers and sub contractors’ insurers confirming cover in accordance with this requirement.
Blackpool Adults and Families Division are commissioning a brokerage service to ensure that parent / carers of disabled children and young people (and also the children and young people themselves) are able to have freedom of choice from an extensive range of activities, encouraging the ‘personalisation agenda’. It is the responsibility of the successful Contractor/Provider to fully satisfy himself of this and in addition familiarise themselves of the agenda.
The arrangement will take the form of a block contract for a period of two years, with the potential and option to extend for one year; this will be subject to availability of further funding and satisfactory performance. The contract start date is 1.10.2012. Confirmation that the start date can be achieved will be required if successful at PQQ stage as part of the ITT stage. It is of the opinion of the Blackpool Council that TUPE transfer may apply to this contract. However, it is the responsibility of the successful Contractor to fully satisfy himself of this. We will advise all bidders when this is confirmed either way.
Blackpool Council, Adults and Families Division commissions and procures outcomes and we do not pay for posts. If a provider chooses to allocate resources against a post then this is done so at their own risk. Therefore if a provider did allocate resources and that staff member went off sick or maternity for example, then we would still expect outcomes to be worked towards / achieved and the contract requirements delivered.
It is the responsibility of the successful Contractor/Provider to fully satisfy himself of this and of all matters relating to the requirements of Blackpool Council.
Aims of the service.
The aim of the service is to:
Identify experienced short break providers for children and young people with a disability and / or special need to enable the children / young people to access appropriate, safe and equitable short-breaks.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

85000000

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

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

To be detailed in the Tender Documents.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 300 000,00 and 470 000,00 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Number of possible renewals: 2
In the case of renewable supplies or service contracts, estimated timeframe for subsequent contracts:
in months: 12 (from the award of the contract)
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:

Legal form to be taken by the grouping of suppliers, contractors or service providers to whom legal contract is awarded. If applying on behalf of a consortium all names must be submitted. Any contract will be entered into with the nominated lead organisation and all members of the consortium, who will in these circumstances each be required to execute said contract together with all ancillary documentation, evidencing their joint and severally liability in respect of the obligations and liabilities of the contract. It will be for the members of the consortium to sort out their respective duties and liabilities amongst each other and noted before contract commencement. All associated documentation will be made to the nominated lead organisation.
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

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Legal position – means of proof required:
(1) An extract from the ‘judicial record’ or equivalent issued by the legal or administrative authority of the country of origin, by a declaration on oath or by a solemn declaration made before a competent judicial or administrative authority, a notary or a competent professional or trade body, demonstrating that the bidder:
a) is not bankrupt or being wound up, its affairs are not being administered by the court, it has not entered into an arrangement with creditors, it has not suspended business activities or is not in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure under national laws and regulations;
(b) is not the subject of proceedings for a declaration of bankruptcy, or for an order for compulsory winding up or administration by the court or for an arrangement with creditors or of any other similar proceedings under national laws and regulations;
(c) has not been convicted of an offence concerning his professional conduct by a judgment which has the force of res judicata (i.e. a matter which has already been conclusively decided by a court).
(2) A certificate issued by the competent authority in the Member State concerned, or a declaration on oath or by a solemn declaration made before a competent authority, a notary or a competent professional or trade body, to the effect that the bidder has fulfilled its obligations relating to the payment of taxes and social security contributions in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which the bidder is established.
(3) A certificate, declaration under oath, or solemn declaration providing proof that the bidder is enrolled on the professional or trade registers of his country of establishment, or where no such register exists a declaration under oath or solemn declaration that he exercises the particular profession or trade.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As detailed in the Council Documentation.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
As detailed in the Council Documentation.
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

Restricted
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged number of operators: 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Highest ranked after PQQ evaluation.
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:

NWCE-8WXPNE
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
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: 10.9.2012 – 11:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

10.9.2012 – 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

English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

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

Please note: this Tender will be run electronically via the North West’s Supplier Portal – “The Chest”. In order to express your interest in this Tender and to download/upload all the documentation relating to this Tender you must register (free of charge) on The Chest:
The Council considers that the object of this contract described in this Notice is the provision of services falling within Part B of Schedule 3 to the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (PCR). Accordingly, the publication of this notice is not a requirement of the PCR but a precautionary measure having regards to the overarching principles of the EU Treaty. The Council does not intend to act as if it were bound by the PCR in the conduct of the procurement process (excepting as expressly required and applicable to Part B services) and neither the publication of this notice nor the use of terms used within the PCR shall be taken to imply the Council’s application of or submission to the PCR. https://www.thechest.nwce.gov.uk

You must then search for this opportunity and register your interest on The Chest.

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

The High Court of Justice of England and Wales

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: In accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended).
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:8.8.2012