Candidate Attraction and Recruitment of Registered Nurses from the European Union

Candidate Attraction and Recruitment of Registered Nurses from the European Union

NHS Professionals Ltd (NHSP) is the leading provider of managed flexible workforce services to the NHS supporting over 60 Client Trusts across the UK with approximately 40,000 general and specialist Nurses, Doctors, Midwives, Administrative and Allied Health Professionals registered to its bank.

United Kingdom-Watford: Health and social work services

2013/S 145-252177

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

NHS Professionals Ltd
3rd Floor, Edward Hyde Building, 38 Clarendon Road
Contact point(s): Please use the Bravo Secure messaging facility
For the attention of: Andy Rouse
WD17 1JW Watford
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: andy.rouse@nhs.net

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

Other: NHS Professionals Ltd is a company limited by shares which is wholly owned by the Secretary of State for Health.
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:

Candidate Attraction and Recruitment of Registered Nurses from the European Union.
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: NHS Professionals Ltd (NHSP) is the leading provider of managed flexible workforce services to the NHS supporting over 60 Client Trusts across the UK with approximately 40,000 general and specialist Nurses, Doctors, Midwives, Administrative and Allied Health Professionals registered to its bank.
We work in partnership with our Client Trusts supporting their patient safety, workforce strategy and cost saving goals. We manage flexible worker banks on behalf of our Client trusts, helping them to implement tactical measures to improve workforce and productivity as part of an overarching workforce strategy.
Further background information may be obtained from the NHSP website at http://www.nhsprofessionals.nhs.uk

NHSP is a limited company and a commercial entity which is voluntarily submitting to the Restricted Procedure but is only bound by EU law to the extent applicable.
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
Number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 5
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in months: 48
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT: 4 000 000 GBP

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

NHS Professinoals seeks to award a framework agreement, for a period of four years, to a maximum of five commercial providers with the capability and experience of the provision of candidate attraction and the supply of registered nurses from selected European Union countries for fixed term temporary placements within specified Client Trusts.
The successful Service Providers shall source and deliver staff from denoted EU countries in accordance with the required and agreed methodology and protocols ensuring that said staffs are of the required calibre. As such the Service Providers shall be directly responsible for all checking, vetting and reference related activities at the agreed price, to the agreed timescales and to any special requirements demanded from time to time by NHSP Client Trusts.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

85000000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.1.8)Lots
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

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:

Joint and several liability.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: Please see tender documentation for details.
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 username/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 online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online 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 online 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: Please see tender documentation for details.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Please see tender documentation for details.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Please see tender documentation for details.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Please see tender documentation for details.
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

Restricted
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
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

23.8.2013 – 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 of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
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

Framework call-offs.
It is intended that the end user of the framework agreement will apply the following terms (to be confirmed on award):
1. Tenders will be ranked to indicate the most economically advantageous tender, as evaluated against the award criteria.
2. The highest scoring bid will be deemed to be the most economically advantageous tender and that supplier will be given the highest rank.
3. For each specific requirement, the highest ranked supplier will be invited to provide the service.
4. Should the highest ranked supplier, for any reason, be unable to meet the specific requirement at that time, then the second ranked supplier will be invited to provide the service.
5. Should the second highest ranked supplier, for any reason, be unable to meet the specific requirement at that time the process will cascade through the ranked suppliers until the specific requirement can be met.
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: This authority will incorporate a standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. 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), as amended by the Public Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2009 and the Public Contracts (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2011, 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.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

24.7.2013