Agency nursing and social care workers framework for Government Procurement Service

Agency nursing and social care workers framework for Government Procurement Service

The framework agreement will bring together a comprehensive range of suppliers providing a mix of national, local and speciality coverage.

UK-Liverpool: supply services of medical personnel

2012/S 220-362740

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Government Procurement Service
9th Floor, The Capital, Old Hall Street, https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk via Messaging Service
Contact point(s): RFX RM970
For the attention of: RM970 Agency nursing and social care workers
L3 9PP Liverpool
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: supplier@gps.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.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

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.3)Main activity

Health
Other: Public Procurement
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Agency nursing and social care workers framework.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 22: Personnel placement and supply services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Primarily in the UK with some limited requirements overseas.
NUTS code UK

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 several operators
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 220
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 4
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 500 000 000,00 and 1 000 000 000,00 GBP

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

Government Procurement Service as the Contracting Authority is putting in place a Pan Government collaborative framework agreement for use by UK public sector bodies identified at VI.3 (and any future successors to these organisations), which include Central Government Departments and their Arm’s Length Bodies and Agencies, Non Departmental Public Bodies, NHS bodies and Local Authorities.
The above Public Sector Bodies have a need for agency nurses and social care workers. The framework agreement will bring together a comprehensive range of suppliers providing a mix of national, local and speciality coverage. All relevant NHS Employers Agenda for Change bands and job family combinations are included. Whilst further detailed in the ITT documentation, relevant agency nursing Person Specifications shall include (but not limited to):
http://www.nhsemployers.org/PayAndContracts/AgendaForChange/NationalJobProfiles/Pages/NursingAndMidwifery.aspx.

http://www.nhsemployers.org/PayAndContracts/AgendaForChange/NationalJobProfiles/Pages/PersonalSocialServices.aspx

http://www.nhsemployers.org/PayAndContracts/AgendaForChange/NationalJobProfiles/Documents/Theatre_Practitioners.pdf

Government Procurement Service reserves the right for an electronic auction to be held by public sector bodies during further competition among the parties to the framework agreement(s).

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79625000, 79600000, 85100000, 85140000

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 one or more lots
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:

This framework agreement will provide the contracting bodies identified at V1.3 (any future successor to these organisations) and associated bodies with a comprehensive range of nursing staff. Details of the range of nursing staff required have been specified in the short descriptions against each lot. Participants must be able to provide a comprehensive service specific to each of the lots for which they apply. The value of the participation by contracting bodies cannot be calculated accurately or guaranteed, but nevertheless a range has been incorporated.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 500 000 000,00 and 1 000 000 000,00 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: This national framework agreement will be awarded for an initial term of 2 years with an option to extend for a further 1-year, plus 1 year. This will be exercised at the discretion of the Contracting Authority.
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: Neutral Vendor

1)Short description
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79600000

3)Quantity or scope

The services are for the management of supply from high quality employment businesses of fully vetted agency nursing and social care workers for hire on temporary assignments or contracts by contracting bodies.
The awarded supplier(s) will be responsible for the compliance of the employment businesses used with regards to all the relevant terms and conditions of the framework agreement and with all legislative and regulatory requirements.
Awarded suppliers will not be eligible to supply agency nurses and social care workers registered with themselves as an employment business. This form of managed service is usually known in the industry as a “Neutral vendor”.
For the contracting body receiving the Services, the provision shall be seamless. The contracting body shall contract only with the awarded supplier and not with the employment businesses directly.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 2 Lot title: General

1)Short description
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79600000

3)Quantity or scope

The services are for the supply of fully vetted registered agency nurses, dental nurses and clinical support workers for hire on temporary assignments or contracts by contracting bodies within a general hospital setting.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 3 Lot title: Mental Health

1)Short description
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79600000

3)Quantity or scope

The services are for the supply of fully vetted registered agency nurses, mental health practitioners and clinical support workers for hire on temporary assignments or contracts by contracting bodies within a mental health hospital or community mental health services settings.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 4 Lot title: Community

1)Short description
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79600000

3)Quantity or scope

The services are for the supply of fully vetted registered agency nurses, qualified social workers, home & residential carers and clinical support workers for hire on temporary assignments or contracts by contracting bodies within a community service and/or social care setting.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 5 Lot title: Specialist

1)Short description

Midwifery and critical.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79600000

3)Quantity or scope

The services are for the supply of fully vetted registered agency nurses, midwives and theatre practitioners for hire on temporary assignments or contracts by contracting bodies within critical care, theatre, maternity services and/or community service settings.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

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

Refer to ITT.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

Refer to ITT.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: The framework agreement is attached as Attachment 5 of the ITT document Suite.
The supplier agrees that there shall be no discrimination by it against any person with respect to opportunity for employment or conditions of employment, because of age, culture, disability, gender, marital status, race, religion or sexual orientation. The supplier shall in all matters arising in the performance of the framework agreement comply with the provisions of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and any regulations made there under. The supplier shall in all matters arising in the performance of the Framework Agreement comply with the provisions of the Race Relations Act 1976, the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2002 and the Equality Act 2010 and shall ensure that they perform their responsibilities under this framework agreement with due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful racial discrimination and to promote equality of opportunity and good relationships between different racial groups.
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: Candidates will be assessed in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter V11, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information provided in response to this invitation to tender (“ITT”).
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Refer to ITT.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Refer to ITT.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Refer to ITT.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Refer to ITT.
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: yes
Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision: Employment Agencies Act 1973;
Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations 2003.
As further detailed in the ITT documentation.
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: no

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:

RM970
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
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

20.12.2012 – 15:00
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: 120 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

Place:

Electronically, via web-based portal.

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

Participants are advised that as the provision of the required services are a Part B service, this is a voluntary OJEU and as such is not subject to the obligations of the Procurement Directive but are nonetheless subject to the general obligations of transparency, equal treatment and non-discrimination.
Potential providers will be required to select what Lot they are bidding for and then what region. If potential providers bid for lot 1, Neutral vendor they cannot bid for any other lot. Potential Providers not bidding for lot 1 can bid for multiple lots and regions.
Potential suppliers should note that, in accordance with the UK Government’s policies on transparency, Government Procurement Service intends to publish the selection questionnaire, the invitation to tender (ITT) document, and the text of any framework agreement awarded, subject to possible redactions at the discretion of Government Procurement Service. The terms of the proposed framework agreement will also permit a public sector contracting authority, awarding a contract under this framework agreement, to publish the text of that contract, subject to possible redactions at the discretion of the contracting authority. Further information on transparency can be found at:
http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/about-government-procurement-service/transparency-and-accountability/transparency-procurement

The Contracting Authority expressly reserves the right:
(i) Not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; and
(ii) To make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition; and in no circumstances will the Contracting Authority be liable for any costs incurred by the candidates.
If the Contracting Authority decides to enter into a framework agreement with the successful supplier, this does not mean that there is any guarantee of subsequent contracts being awarded. Any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to contract award is accordingly a matter solely for the commercial judgement of potential suppliers. Any orders placed under this framework agreement will form a separate contract under the scope of this framework between the supplier and the specific requesting other contracting body. The Contracting Authority and other contracting bodies utilising the framework reserve the right to use any electronic portal during the life of the agreement.
The duration referenced in Section II.2.2 is for the placing of orders.
Responses must be published by the date in IV.3.4.
The value provided in Section II.1.4 is only an estimate. We cannot guarantee to suppliers any business through this framework agreement.
Government Procurement Service wishes to establish a framework agreement for use by the following UK public sector bodies (and any future successors to these organisations):
Central Government Departments, Executive Agencies and NDPBs.
http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-267315

October 2012- Tabs All Central Government listed under S1311, Local Government listed under S1313, and Non Financial Corporations that are listed under S11001.
Link to list as below.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
BNFL plc.
Export Credits Guarantee Department.
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
Royal Mail Group plc.
United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority.
Urenco.
Partnerships UK.
Royal Mint.
ABRO.
Defence Aviation Repair Agency (DARA).
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).
Met Office.
UK Hydrographic Office.
Forensic Science Service.
NATS.
Actis Capital LLP.
CDC Group plc.
Working Links Limited.
British Waterways Authority.
Covent Garden Market Authority.
Ordnance Survey.
QEII Conference Centre.
Northern Ireland Water.
Scottish Water.
For the avoidance of doubt, all other organisations listed in Schedule 1 to the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended) shall be entitled to access this framework.
Local Authorities.
NDPBs.
http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/Assets/PublicBodies2009_tcm6-35808.pdf

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/jobs/Departments-NDPBs-AtoL/A-toF.aspx

National Parks Authorities.
http://www.nationalparks.gov.uk/

Educational Establishments in England and Wales, maintained by the Department for Children, Schools and Families including Schools, Universities and Colleges but not Independent Schools.
http://www.edubase.gov.uk/search.xhtml;jsessionid=4767F89630A039E98FE593093D577013?clear=true

Police Forces in the United Kingdom.
http://www.police.uk/

Fire and Rescue Services (including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).
http://www.fireservice.co.uk/information/ukfrs

NHS Bodies England including Acute Trusts, Ambulance Trusts, Primary Care trusts, Care Trusts, NHS Hospital Trusts, Foundation Trusts, Strategic Health Authorities, Mental Health Trusts, Special Health Authorities, Community Health Councils, Local Health Boards, NHS Trusts, including Ambulance Trusts. (There is also a drill down to NHS Doctors making them ‘easily identifiable’).
http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/category/arms-length-bodies/

http://www.nhs.uk/servicedirectories/Pages/PrimaryCareTrustListing.aspx

http://www.general-practitioners-uk.co.uk/

Hospices.
Hospices in UK including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
http://www.hauraki.co.uk/hospice_uk/

Registered Social Landlords (Housing Associations).
http://portal.tenantservicesauthority.org/

https://www.rsrsurvey.co.uk/RSRDocuments

Third Sector and Charities.
http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/charities/charities-search.htm

http://www.oscr.org.uk/

Citizens Advice.
http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/index/aboutus/citizens_advice_offices.htm

Scottish Public Bodies.
Scottish Government.
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Home

Scottish Local Authorities.
http://www.scotland-excel.org.uk/customers/index.asp

Scottish Agencies, NDPBs.
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Government/public-bodies/executive-ndpbs

Scottish NHS Bodies.
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Health/NHS-Scotland/Boards

Scottish Further and Higher Education Bodies.
http://www.sfc.ac.uk/about_the_council/council_funded_institutions/council_funded_institutions.aspx

Scottish Police.
http://www.scottish.police.uk/

Scottish Fire and Rescue.
http://www.dontgivefireahome.com/fire_safety/1347.html

Scottish Housing Associations.
http://www.sfha.co.uk/component/option,com_membersdir/Itemid,149/view,membersdir/

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/abouttheparliament/27110.aspx

The Scotland Office.
http://www.scotlandoffice.gov.uk/scotlandoffice/10786.html

Scotland Citizens Advice.
http://www.cas.org.uk/find-a-bureau/all-scottish-bureaux

Scottish Schools.
Primary Schools.
http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/scottishschoolsonline/index.asp?schoolsearchstring=&addresssearchstring=&authority=&strTypes=isprimaryschool&bSubmit=1&Submit=Search

Secondary Schools.
http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/scottishschoolsonline/index.asp?schoolsearchstring=&addresssearchstring=&authority=&strTypes=issecondaryschool&bSubmit=1&Submit=Search

Special Schools.
http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/scottishschoolsonline/index.asp?schoolsearchstring=&addresssearchstring=&authority=&strTypes=isspecial&bSubmit=1&Submit=Search

Welsh Public Bodies National Assembly for Wales, Welsh Assembly Government and Welsh Local Authorities.
http://www.assemblywales.org/abthome/abt-links.htm

http://new.wales.gov.uk/?lang=en

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/dl1/directories/localcouncils/dg_065241

NHS Wales.
http://www.wales.nhs.uk/ourservices/directory

NHS Wales GP Practices.
http://www.wales.nhs.uk/ourservices/directory

NI Public Bodies.
Northern Ireland Government Departments.
http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/gov.htm

Northern Ireland Public Sector Bodies and Local Authorities.
http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/az2.htm

Schools in Northern Ireland.
http://www.denidata.nics.gov.uk/appinstitutes/instmain.aspx

Further and Higher Education in Northern Ireland.
http://www.unixl.com/info/northern-ireland.htm

Health and Social care in Northern Ireland.
http://www.hscni.net/index.php?link=hospitals

http://www.hscni.net/index.php?link=boards

http://www.hscni.net/index.php?link=agencies

http://www.hscni.net/index.php?link=councils

http://www.centralservicesagency.com/files/currentmedicallists/file/Northern%20Ireland%20Practice%20List.xls

Police Service of Northern Ireland.
http://www.police-information.co.uk/police-directory/view.php?id=31&page=0&cat=6&subcat=31&subsubcat=0

Citizens Advice Northern Ireland.
http://www.citizensadvice.co.uk/en/Where-We-Are/Bureaus/

http://www.citizensadvice.co.uk/en/About-Us/Contact/

This procurement will be managed electronically via the Government Procurement Service’s e-Sourcing Suite. To participate in this procurement, participants must first be registered on the e-Sourcing Suite.
If you have not yet registered on the eSourcing Suite, this can be done online at https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk by following the link ‘Register for GPS eSourcing’. Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so. Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at.

http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/i-am-supplier/respond-tender

Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, a registered user can express an interest for a specific procurement. This is done by e-mailing ExpressionOfInterest@gps.gsi.gov.uk.

Your e-mail must clearly state: the name and reference for the procurement you wish to register for; the name of the registered supplier; and the name and contact details for the registered individual sending the e-mail.
Government Procurement Service will process the e-mail and then enable the supplier to access the procurement online via the e-Sourcing Suite. The registered user will receive a notification email to alert them once this has been done.
For technical assistance on use of the e-Sourcing Suite please contact Government Procurement service helpdesk: freephone: +44 3450103503.
E-mail: supplier@gps.gsi.gov.uk.

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

Government Procurement Service
9th Floor, The Capital, Old Hall Street via ePortal Messaging Service https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk RFX RM970 Agency Nursing and Social Care Workers
L3 9PP Liverpool
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 3450103503
Internet address: http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution
International Dispute Resolution Centre, 70 Fleet Street
EC4Y 1EU London
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: info@cedr.com
Telephone: +44 2075366000
Internet address: http://www.cedr.com
Fax: +44 2075366001

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. Applicants who are unsuccessful shall be informed by the Authority as soon as possible after the decision has been made as to the reasons why the Applicant was unsuccessful. If an appeal regarding the award of the contract has not been successfully resolved, The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No. 5) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take legal action. Any such action must be brought within the applicable limitation period. 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, depending on the circumstances, award damages, make a declaration of ineffectiveness, order the Authority to pay a fine, and/or order that the duration of the contract be shortened. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow the parties to apply to the Courts to set aside the award decision before the contract is entered into.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Government Procurement Service
9th Floor, The Capital, Old Hall Street via ePortal Messaging Service https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk RFX RM970 Agency Nursing and Social Care Workers
L3 9PP Liverpool
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 3450103503
Internet address: http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

12.11.2012