Expert Assessments Framework Refresh – Warwickshire

Expert Assessments Framework Refresh – Warwickshire

Lot 1: Independent Psychological Assessments; Lot 2: Independent Social Worker Assessments; and Lot 3: Parenting Assessments including PAMS and Residential.

United Kingdom-Warwick: Social work and related services

2019/S 227-558035

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: Warwickshire County Council
Postal address: Strategic Procurement Unit, PO Box 3, Shire Hall, Market Place
Town: Warwick
NUTS code: UKG13
Postal code: CV34 4RH
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: procurement@warwickshire.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 1926412430
Internet address(es):Main address: http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/procurement

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Postal address: Council House, Manor Square
Town: Solihull
NUTS code: UKG13
Postal code: B91 3QB
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: procurement@warwickshire.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 1926412430
Internet address(es):Main address: http://www.Solihull.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.solihull.gov.uk/tenders

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Coventry City Council
Postal address: Council House, Earl Street
Town: Coventry
NUTS code: UKG13
Postal code: CV1 5RR
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: procurement@warwickshire.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 1926412430
Internet address(es):Main address: http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/procurement

I.2)Information about joint procurement

The contract involves joint procurement

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: www.csw-jets.co.uk
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: www.csw-jets.co.uk
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Expert Assessments Framework Refresh

Reference number: 8510

II.1.2)Main CPV code

85300000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The framework is in 3 lots:

Lot 1: Independent Psychological Assessments;

Lot 2: Independent Social Worker Assessments; and

Lot 3: Parenting Assessments including PAMS and Residential.

Warwickshire County Council Children and Families Services may commission independent assessments on adults and children to inform their work or to support the court in a reaching a decision at the conclusion of family proceedings. Reports may be jointly commissioned during the legal process. Independent assessments may be commissioned under the direction of the court in respect of a specific case management issue or by children and family services where an independent assessment is necessary or to manage capacity. Providers are to produce assessment reports that address the specific questions, outcomes and requirements contained in the ISA/letter of instruction. The provider will be requested to evidence that the service is being delivered against the outcomes.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 4 000 000.00 GBP

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:

Independent Psychological Assessments

Lot No: 1

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85312310

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKG13
Main site or place of performance:

Within the county council boundaries of Warwickshire.

Also, within the boundaries of Solihull and Coventry if required.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Warwickshire County Council is looking to refresh it’s existing multi-provider framework for expert assessment services to allow new providers to join.

Lot 1: Independent psychological assessments.

Psychological assessments are comprehensive assessments that include developmental, psychological and social issues of complex situations through the application of psychological formulation. An assessment will usually include but not be limited to:

— a combination of evidence based psychometric tests,

— in depth interviewing,

— observations,

— and a review of other professionals records such as social care, education, medical and forensic records.

Psychological assessments must be informed by the latest evidence in the field. This includes the use of the most up to date and relevant assessments and test based on accepted professional and academic opinion.

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 4 000 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 28

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

The contract end date is 30.6.2022.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Independent Social Work Assessments

Lot No: 2

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85312310

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKG13
Main site or place of performance:

Within the county council boundaries of Warwickshire.

Also, within the boundaries of Solihull and Coventry if required.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Warwickshire County Council is looking to refresh it’s existing multi-provider framework for expert assessment services to allow new providers to join.

Lot 2 Independent social work assessments.

Independent social worker assessments are undertaken by accredited social workers who have a minimum of between 5 to 10 years post qualifying experience who practise as freelance experts. Assessments may be requested through the court process in cases where the local authority’s assessment is contested, an independent report is requested by parties or alternatively they may be requested to manage local authority capacity issues. Independent social worker assessments can include a range of areas including parenting capacity, risk assessments, contact and can be useful in providing a perspective on the overall functioning of the family unit.

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 4 000 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 28

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

The contract end date is 30.6.2022.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Independent Social Work Assessments

Lot No: 3

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85312310

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKG13
Main site or place of performance:

Within the county council boundaries of Warwickshire.

Also, within the boundaries of Solihull and Coventry if required.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Warwickshire County Council is looking to refresh it’s existing multi-provider framework for expert assessment services to allow new providers to join.

Lot 3 Parenting assessments including PAMS and Residential

Parenting capacity can be described as the ability to parent in a ‘good enough’ manner long term. A parenting assessment assesses whether a parent has the capacity to look after their child/ren or has the motivation to change. The assessment should focus on identifying strengths and weaknesses and also take into account the impact of wider factors on parenting and the child’s development. Parenting assessments may be undertaken using Parenting Assessment Manual Software (PAMS) for vulnerable parents and those with learning difficulties by providers who have been trained and experienced in using the software. Or maybe within a residential setting is required.

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 4 000 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 28

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

The contract end date is 30.6.2022

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation

III.1.4)Objective rules and criteria for participation

List and brief description of rules and criteria:

All as detailed in the tender documentation.

The Council will undertake its financial assessment of the tendering organisation (and if considered necessary by the Council, any partners within a consortium bid) based on its own evaluation of the tenderers’ most recent 2 years accounts (or if 2 years accounts are not available, equivalent evidence which confirms financial viability). The accounts are not available, equivalent evidence which confirms financial viability). The assessment of accounts will be supported by an independent credit reference report from credit safe where this is available. The Council may also impose a bond or performance guarantee on the successful tenderer.

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: evidence as stated in the tender documentation.

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:

As detailed in the tender documentation.

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

Open 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:

Information about national procedures is available at: www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/102/contents/made

IV.1.11)Main features of the award procedure:

All as detailed in the tender documentation.

IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

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

Date: 20/12/2019
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

Electronic ordering will be used
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used

VI.3)Additional information:

Warwickshire County Council will be using its e-tendering system (CSW-JETS) for the administration of this procurement process. Providers must register with the system to be able to express an interest and download documents. The web address for CSW-JETS is: www.csw-jets.co.uk

Registration and use of CSW-JETS is free. All correspondence or clarifications relating to this procurement must be via the CSWJETS correspondence function. If you are having trouble registering with CSWJETS please email us at:procurement@warwickshire.gov.uk Providers must register on CSW-JETS and express an interest in this project in order to download tender documents and be able to correspond with us about this procurement.

Electronic ordering and/or invoicing and/or payment may be used.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: High Court for England and Wales
Town: London
Country: United Kingdom
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

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

20/11/2019