Thames Valley and Wessex Neonatal Transport Service

Thames Valley and Wessex Neonatal Transport Service

NHS England Wessex Area Team are leading the process to re-provide a neonatal transport service which will operate to the NHS England Neonatal Intensive Care Transport Service Specification (2014/2015).

United Kingdom-Southampton: Health services

2014/S 248-439399

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

NHS England Wessex Area Team
Oakley Road
For the attention of: Taylor Emma Jane
SO16 4GX Southampton
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1306
E-mail: nhscs.commissioning@nhs.net
Fax: +44 1306

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)

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:

Thames Valley and Wessex Neonatal Transport Service.

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: Principally Wessex and Thames Valley Network Areas but transfers will be required beyond these boundaries.

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

Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT: 7 961 435 GBP

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

NHS England Wessex Area Team are leading the process to re-provide a neonatal transport service which will operate to the NHS England Neonatal Intensive Care Transport Service Specification (2014/2015).
The dedicated 24 hour Neonatal Intensive Care Transport Service or Services will deliver the full range of transfer responses, from emergency retrieval to repatriation across the Thames Valley and the Wessex areas of the corresponding Neonatal Networks. The service will provide the dedicated expert clinical teams and transport arrangements in line with the national specification.
Neonatal Critical Care services are organised in ‘Operational Delivery Networks'(ODNs), and aim to deliver a high quality, equitable and effective service and to achieve the highest quality outcomes for preterm and sick newborn infants and their families. Thames Valley and Wessex Neonatal Network is an ODN comprising 15 acute hospital sites crossing two Clinical Senate areas and extending across the areas borders. The borders extend to Milton Keynes in the north, Salisbury in the west, Chichester in the eastern border and notably the Isle of Wight in the south. The Isle of Wight is reached only by ferry or helicopter transport.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Transport Service is critical to the functioning of the Neonatal Network and will be responsible for the safe and effective transfer of infants between neonatal units.
The structure of this network has three Neonatal Intensive Care Units based in Oxford, Portsmouth and Southampton hospital provider sites with care provided close to home around the network in Local Neonatal Units. Surgical care (general and neurosurgery) is provided in Oxford and Southampton and cardiac surgery in Southampton.
The Procurement is being conducted in 3 Lots.
Lot 1 — To provide a high quality, equitable, safe and effective 24/7 Neonatal Transport Service consistent with NHS England Neonatal intensive Care Transport Service Specification across the Thames Valley Network.
Lot 2 — To provide a high quality, equitable, safe and effective 24/7 Neonatal Transport Service consistent with NHS England Neonatal intensive Care Transport Service Specification across the Wessex Network.
Lot 3 — To provide a high quality, equitable, safe and effective 24/7 Neonatal Transport Service consistent with NHS England Neonatal intensive Care Transport Service Specification across both the Thames Valley & Wessex Networks.
The contract will be for 5 years with the option to extend for an additional 2 years.
The expected Service commencement date is from 1.7.2015
— The Annual Value for Thames Valley Lot: GBP 796 143
— Total Contract Value (total value will be for 5 years)for Thames Valley Lot: GBP 3 980 715
— Annual Value for Wessex Lot: GBP 796 143
—Total Contract Value (total value will be for 5 years)for Wessex Lot: GBP 3 980 715
— Annual Value for Joint Thames Valley and Wessex Lot: GBP 1 592 287
— Total Contract Value for Joint Thames Valley and Wessex Lot: (total value will be for 5 years) GBP 7 961 435
It is not envisaged that TUPE will apply to the contract.
To be considered to provide the Wessex and Thames Valley Neonatal Transport Service you must have all appropriate registrations (including Care Quality Commission (CQC) if applicable) in place at the time of service commencement.
Neither the Commissioner nor potential providers will be obligated to further commitment as a result of initial expressions of interest. The Commissioner shall not be committed to any course of action as a result of issuing this advert or any invitation to participate or to submit a Bid Response in respect of this Procurement. The Commissioner shall not be bound to accept any Bid and reserves the right not to conclude a Contract for some or all of the Service(s) for which Bids are invited with one or more Bidders. The Commissioner reserves the right to amend, add to or withdraw all or any part of this Procurement at any time during the process.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

85100000, 60000000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes

II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for all lots

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Further details about the service to be procured, including details around the Lots, are available with the documentation on the Commercial Solution e-tendering website.

Please register to access this information at https://commercialsolutions.bravosolution.co.uk

Estimated value excluding VAT: 7 961 435 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1Lot title: Thames Valley

1)Short description

To provide a high quality, equitable, safe and effective 24/7 Neonatal Transport Service consistent with NHS England Neonatal intensive Care Transport Service Specification across the Thames Valley Network.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

85100000, 60000000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

5)Additional information about lots

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.

Lot No: 2Lot title: Wessex

1)Short description

To provide a high quality, equitable, safe and effective 24/7 Neonatal Transport Service consistent with NHS England Neonatal intensive Care Transport Service Specification across the Wessex Network.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

85100000, 60000000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

5)Additional information about lots

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.

Lot No: 3Lot title: Thames Valley and Wessex

1)Short description

To provide a high quality, equitable, safe and effective 24/7 Neonatal Transport Service consistent with NHS England Neonatal intensive Care Transport Service Specification across both the Thames Valley & Wessex Networks.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

85100000, 60000000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

5)Additional information about lots

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

Parent company and other guarantees may be required in certain circumstances.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Standard NHS Contract.

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 liability.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: The Contract will be an NHS Standard Contract.
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: Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender: 1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once) — Browse to the eSourcing Portal:https://commercialsolutions.bravosolution.co.uk and click the link to register — Accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’ — Enter your correct business and user details – Note the username you chose and click ‘Save’ when complete — You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure) 2. Express an Interest in the tender — Login to the portal with the user-name/password — Click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier) — Click on the relevant PQQ/ITT to access the content. — Click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page. — This will move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only) — You can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box 3. Responding to the tender — Click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining) — You can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification – Note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT — There may be a mixture of on-line and off-line actions for you to perform (there is detailed on-line help available) You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the on-line help, or contact the eTendering help desk.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As per the instructions contained within the documentation published on the NHS Commercial Solutions e-tendering website.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: As per the instructions contained within the documentation published on the NHS Commercial Solutions e-tendering website.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As per the instructions contained within the documentation published on the NHS Commercial Solutions e-tendering website.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
As per the instructions contained within the documentation published on the NHS Commercial Solutions e-tendering website.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

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:

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2014/S 218-385632 of 12.11.2014

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

3.2.2015 – 14:00
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 of 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

This is a Category Part B procurement, and therefore this OJEU Notice is voluntary and non-mandatory, and as a result of its publication, The Contracting Authority will not be bound by the full force of Directive 2004/ 18/ EEC and the Public Contracts regulations 2006.
The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.

Potential Bidders should particularly note: This tender is being administered on behalf of the NHS England Wessex Area Team by NHS Commercial Solutions. The tender will be conducted via the NHS Commercial Solutions Bravo e tendering system. Bidders will be required to register on the Bravo system if they have not previously done so. This can be done at any time via this web link: https://commercialsolutions.bravosolution.co.uk

This is the only route through which NHS Commercial Solutions and the Commissioner will conduct communications with Potential Bidders, and accept completed submissions.

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

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Commissioners will incorporate a voluntary standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide reasons for the award decision as required by regulation 32 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of 10 calendar days, provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into.
The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 5) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Note that any challenge must be brought in accordance with the strict time limits which apply under these Regulations.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

18.12.2014

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