APMS Contracts – GP Services Purchasing System

APMS Contracts – GP Services Purchasing System

NHS England and NHS Improvement is seeking to launch a new online purchasing system where pre-approved GP providers can apply to join a list of pre-approved providers.

United Kingdom-Leeds: General-practitioner services

2020/S 016-034789

Social and other specific services – public contracts

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: NHS England
Postal address: Quarry House, Quarry Hill
Town: Leeds
NUTS code: UKI
Postal code: LS2 7UE
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Ahsan Haji
E-mail: nelcsu.apms.pdps@nhs.net
Internet address(es):Main address: www.england.nhs.uk

I.2)Information about joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://uk.eu-supply.com/app/rfq/rwlentrance_s.asp?PID=31689&B=UK
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://uk.eu-supply.com/app/rfq/rwlentrance_s.asp?PID=31689&B=UK
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

Health

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

GP Services Purchasing System (PDPS) for APMS contracts: GP Services and GP Caretaking Services

Reference number: PRJ837

II.1.2)Main CPV code

85121100

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) is seeking to launch a new online purchasing system (technically known as a ‘Pseudo’ dynamic purchasing system or PDPS) where pre-approved GP providers can apply to join a list of pre-approved providers. Those providers approved to join the system can then be invited by local commissioners to bid to provide APMS services when local needs arise.

The PDPS is a 4-year procurement exercise managed through a new eProcurement platform and will see:

— GP providers appointed to an electronically managed list of approved providers,

— GP providers can apply and be added to this list at any time during the 4-year period, unlike a traditional procurement framework,

— once approved onto the PDPS, GP providers can be invited via the ePlatform to respond to requests for APMS services from local commissioners. These local ‘call-offs’ will be matched to the bespoke needs of local commissioners.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for all lots
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Substantive APMS Contracts

Lot No: 1

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85121100

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKI

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

This lot will be used to support local commissioners deliver on their procurement plans for replacing existing or securing additional GP services and covers the core list-based services expected from all GP practices in England. The emphasis here is on meeting planned needs that are typically subject to full commissioning and procurement processes. APMS contracts will reflect the bespoke needs of each local commissioner.

This lot will be further split into 7 sub-lots:

Sub-Lot 1.1: North East and Yorkshire;

Sub-Lot 1.2: North West;

Sub-Lot 1.3: London;

Sub-Lot 1.4: Midlands;

Sub-Lot 1.5: East of England;

Sub-Lot 1.6: South East;

Sub-Lot 1.7: South West.

II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract or the framework agreement

Duration in months: 48

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

GP Caretaker Services (APMS)

Lot No: 2

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85121100

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKI

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Lot 2: GP Caretaker contracts

These are generally urgent step-in cover arrangements, approved by primary care joint and commissioning committees on a case by case basis, to ensure a safe and sustainable GP service continues for patients when a GP serves notice on their contract, the contract terminates suddenly or the practice closes unexpectedly. It is the case that the need for a caretaker to be secured is either urgent, from a matter of a few days to up to 3/6 months, where more notice is provided by the GP contractor. The cover arrangements usually last no longer than a year to allow longer term plans for meeting the ongoing general practice needs of patients to be developed, considered by commissioning committees and implemented.

APMS contracts will reflect the bespoke needs of each local commissioner.

This lot will be further split into 7 sub-lots:

Sub-Lot 2.1: North East and Yorkshire;

Sub-Lot 2.2: North West;

Sub-Lot 2.3: London;

Sub-Lot 2.4: Midlands;

Sub-Lot 2.5: East of England;

Sub-Lot 2.6: South East;

Sub-Lot 2.7: South West.

II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract or the framework agreement

Duration in months: 48

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

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.4)Objective rules and criteria for participation
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)Form of procedure

Restricted procedure

IV.1.3)Information about framework agreement

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
IV.1.10)Identification of the national rules applicable to the procedure:

IV.1.11)Main features of the award procedure:

Please note this will be a pseudo dynamic purchasing system (PDPS), a dynamic purchasing system under the ‘Light Touch Regime’ (LTR) as the services in the scope of this procurement fall within Schedule 3 to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (‘the Regulations’) which are not subject to the full regime of the regulations, but is instead governed by the LTR contained within Chapter 3, Section 7 of the Regulations(Regulations 74 to 77).

IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2019/S 192-466427

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

Date: 19/01/2024
Local time: 12:00

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

English

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

To ensure the PDPS can be managed efficiently while also being sensitive to local commissioner (and provider) needs it will broken down in to lots

Lot 1: substantive APMS contracts

Lot 2: GP caretaker contracts

The PDPS will be further broken down into geographical sub-lots (7 sub-lots in line with the 7 NHSEI regional areas). GP Providers can apply to be an approved APMS and/or caretaker provider in 1 or more of the stated lots and sub-lots.

Application on to the approved provider list does not commit providers to providing APMS services, nor does it guarantee a provider will be awarded a contract through the PDPS, but it does mean providers will be able to bid when local needs arise.

Applications to join the PDPS will be managed in consecutive ‘Rounds’. These Rounds have specific start and end dates by which applications must be submitted. If a provider misses the deadline to submit an application for a particular Round, they can submit their application for evaluation as part of the next Round.

The deadline for applications for the first Round is 12.00 (noon) on 14.2.2020.

The second Round will run from 14.2.2020 to 13.3.20. Further Rounds are scheduled to follow.

It is anticipated that the system will be in place ready to undertake call-off procurements by April 2020.

Please refer to the online document set available at the EU Supply eTendering portal (link above) for further details.

The services in the scope of this procurement fall within Schedule 3 to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015(‘the Regulations’) which are not subject to the full regime of the Regulations, but is instead governed by the ‘Light Touch Regime’ (LTR) contained within Chapter 3, Section 7 of the Regulations (Regulations 74 to 77). Accordingly, although the authority may voluntarily adopt certain provisions in the Regulations neither the employment of any particular terminology nor any other indication shall be taken to mean that the authority intends to hold itself bound by any of the Regulations save those applicable to Regulation 74.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: NHS North and East London Commissioning Support Unit
Postal address: 2nd Floor, 1 Lower Marsh
Town: London
Postal code: SE1 7NT
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: nelcsu.apms.pdps@nhs.netInternet address: www.nelcsu.nhs.uk
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

Official name: Royal Courts of Justice — The High Court
Postal address: Strand
Town: London
Postal code: WC2A 2LL
Country: United Kingdom

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

21/01/2020