Death In Custody Clinical Reviewers

Death In Custody Clinical Reviewers

A unique opportunity has arisen for a suitably qualified organisation or collaboration of healthcare professionals to apply to provide a service to carry out clinical reviews of deaths in custody for the north east prisons. 

Reference number:CPI/11/0021

Deadline date:20/10/2011

This deadline is for…

Contract value: £0 – £45,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out:

Name of the buying organisation:North East Procurement Service

Description of the contract

All deaths which occur in prison custody are subject to formal investigation by the Prison and Probation Ombudsman (PPO). The Ombudsman’s investigation includes examining the clinical issues relevant to each death in custody. In the case of deaths in public prisons and immigration facilities, the Ombudsman will ask the local Primary Care Trust to review the clinical care provided, including whether referrals to secondary healthcare were made appropriately. The aim of the review is to consider the care the deceased received whilst in prison custody. Currently NHS County Durham hosts commissioning responsibility for all seven prisons in the North East and will be responsible for commissioning independent clinical reviews. There is one establishment in Northumberland, four in County Durham and two on Teesside, further information about the prisons can be found by following the link below. A unique opportunity has arisen for a suitably qualified organisation or collaboration of healthcare professionals to apply to provide a service to carry out clinical reviews of deaths in custody for the north east prisons. We are looking for healthcare professionals who are interested in providing such services and have the required knowledge, qualifications and capacity as outlined in the service specification. The provider must be able to provide an independent review and as such must not be working in or directly involved or have supervisory links with the delivery of care at the establishment under review. Neither should they have line management responsibilities for the staff delivering healthcare in the prison. It is also undesirable for a reviewer to undertake all the reviews at a prison and care should be taken that their independence is not jeopardized by becoming over familiar with the establishment. The Ombudsman’s view is that clinical reviews are a vital element of his investigations and that the independence of the reviewer is essential. Failure to provide a properly independent reviewer puts the Ombudsman’s investigation at risk of challenge by interested parties to the inquest and also by the coroner. The person responsible for the review should therefore be independent of those involved in providing healthcare and responding to the events. The reviewer would be expected to develop strong links with local clinical governance leads and where appropriate, the reviewer will conduct joint interviews with the Ombudsman’s investigator. Providers will be subject to local prison security clearance and or Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and other Counter Terrorism Checks (CTC). Temporary access may be granted at the discretion of the Governing Governor of the prison. The ‘Open’ Procedure is being used for this ‘Part B’ tender. This means that NHS County Durham will not pre-qualify bidders in a separate stage but will establish the capability of the providers during the tender phase – using the Capability & Capacity Evaluation document. Providers are required to complete and submit the Capability & Capacity Evaluation and the Evaluation Criteria questions – documents 3 and 4 at the same time. NOTE: Those bidders who do not meet the criteria of the Capability & Capacity Evaluation (document 3) will not have their submitted Evaluation Criteria Document 4 assessed. The Invitation to Tender and supporting documents are available to download through BravoSolutions who are the managed service provider for the NEPS e-tendering portal. The portal is available at It is free to register on the portal, and it can be accessed at any time of the day. Should you have any queries or if you are having problems registering on the portal, please contact the BravoSolution dedicated Supplier Helpdesk by calling 0800 368 4850 (Monday to Friday (9.00 am to 6.00 pm)) or emailing Suppliers instructions on 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: 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 & 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 Closing date for the return of tender documentation is 12noon Friday 21st October 2011.