Evidence Reviews Contract – Safe Staffing Levels

Evidence Reviews Contract – Safe Staffing Levels

Production of evidence reviews to inform the development of the NICE guideline on safe staffing in adult inpatient wards.

Reference number: SSL 11 2013

Deadline date:29/11/2013

This deadline is for… Tender submission

Contract value:£0 – £80,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: London

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? Yes

Name of the buying organisation: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence


Description of the contract

Production of evidence reviews to inform the development of the NICE guideline on safe staffing in adult inpatient wards. NICE, established under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, is the executive Non Departmental Public Body responsible for providing guidance and advice to support health and social care commissioners, providers and others to make sure that the care and preventative services provided are of the best possible quality and offers the best value for money. NICE has a statutory role that encompasses the development of quality standards, advice, information and recommendations about NHS, public health and social care services. NICE provides independent, evidence-based guidance on the most effective ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease and ill health and reduce health inequalities, and operates an independent accreditation programme to validate the guidance production of external organisations. It is anticipated that NICE will be asked by the Department of Health (DH) to develop new guideline outputs which focuses on safe staffing levels. It is envisaged that these guidelines will support local decisions making in a range of NHS settings and will also be of relevance to non-NHS bodies that provide care for NHS patients. The guidelines may also be a useful resource to patients and carers. We expect to receive the first guideline topic referral from the DH in November 2013 and anticipate that this will focus on safe nurse staffing levels, including nurse support staff, for acute adult in-patient wards in the NHS. The guideline will provide recommendations for safe staffing levels for the specific area referred by the DH. The first guideline topic is due to be published in July 2014. NICE would now like to commission a contractor to produce evidence reviews to inform the development of the first guideline topic referred by the DH. We anticipate that these outputs will review the available evidence relating to two broad areas.


Classification of the contract

73000000 Research and development services and related consultancy services


Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 7 Months


Who to contact

Contact name Gillian Watson

Organisation name National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Address 10 Spring Gardens, London, UK, SW1A 2BU


Extension number:



Web address www.nice.org.uk


How to apply

Tenderers must express an interest no later than 5pm, UK time, on 18th November 2013, by emailing Gillian Watson at gillian.watson@nice.org.uk. Failure to submit an expression of interest by the above time and date will result in your tender being rejected.