Forensic Psychology Reporting Services for Prison Service

Forensic Psychology Reporting Services for Prison Service

Public Sector prisons in England and Wales require the services of suitably qualified and experienced Chartered Forensic Psychologists to provide risk assessment services for indeterminate and life sentenced prisoners. Services will be required on an ad hoc basis to support work usually undertaken by Prison Service staff.

Provision of Forensic Psychology reporting services within the National Offender Management Service (NOMS)

Reference number: 2894-2 Reducing Reoffending-SE-RFP

Deadline date:25/10/2013

This deadline is for… The submission of proposals

Contract value:£0 – £1,660,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: United Kingdom England and Wales only

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: Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Procurement – CMT L&SE


Description of the contract

Public Sector prisons in England and Wales require the services of suitably qualified and experienced Chartered Forensic Psychologists to provide risk assessment services for indeterminate and life sentenced prisoners. Services will be required on an ad hoc basis to support work usually undertaken by Prison Service staff. Psychological Services are provided throughout NOMS in both custody and community. The services vary and on occasions the demand for services can outstrip the internal supply also, some services require commissioning due to their very specialist nature. Providers will be required to deliver high quality forensic psychological services to support the provision of such within the prisons. The providers will work closely with the in-house and/or regional psychological service teams. The Authority is seeking to procure services in eleven (11) geographical regions, which will include High Security (Category A) prisons, and enter into Framework Agreement(s) of three years in duration (with the option to extend for one further and final year) with qualified provider(s). Service provision will be delivered in public sector prisons. Providers may compete to deliver these services in one or more of the regions listed below. The eleven prison Regions are: North East Yorkshire North West West Midlands Wales South West East Midlands East of England Greater London South Central Kent & Sussex. A Framework Agreement is a contractual vehicle that allows purchasers to order goods or services (in this case services) under the terms and conditions specified in that Framework Agreement (i.e. it provides a mechanism for enabling further competitions for specified services when a prison, or group of prisons, have a requirement which falls within the scope of the framework). In setting up this Framework Agreement, MoJ Procurement has undertaken a full procurement exercise in accordance with EU Directives. The evaluation criteria used in this competition has been designed to ensure that the resulting Framework Agreement(s) are awarded to provider(s) submitting the most economically advantageous tenders, taking into account attributes including, but not limited to price, quality and capability Each Framework Agreement will have a number of providers (minimum of 1, or 3 or more with a maximum of 6).


Classification of the contract

75231200 Services related to the detention or rehabilitation of criminals

85121270 Psychiatrist or psychologist services


Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? Yes

Framework agreement details: setting up a framework agreement

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: 48 Months


Who to contact

Contact name David Price

Organisation name Ministry of Justice (MoJ)

Address NOMS Procurement Group, 2nd Floor, Clive House, 70 Petty France, London, London, SW1H 9HD

Telephone 03000476727

Extension number:


Web address


How to apply

How to apply The Ministry of Justice will be performing this event through its eSourcing Portal. The eSourcing Portal is an online application that allows all potential suppliers to create and submit their responses to any Requests for Proposals (RFP) via the internet rather than in paper form (where they have been invited to respond). The eSourcing Portal will also be used by the Ministry of Justice to run Reverse Auctions. If you are not registered on the eSourcing Portal please send an email to the relevant buyer, stating: Company Name; Your Name; Contact email; Sourcing Reference Number: 2894-2-Reducing Reoffending-SE-RFP. The buyer will then contact you with the registration process. If you are already registered on the eSourcing Portal please contact the relevant Buyer expressing your interest in the sourcing event. You will then be notified by email when the sourcing event has been opened. It is intended that the e-Sourcing event will be opened on September 13th 2013. Provider Engagement Event It is the intention of the Ministry of Justice to hold a provider engagement event at Newbold Revel (HMPS’ training college near Rugby) during the week commencing 9th September 2013 (to be confirmed subject to attendance numbers). To register and receive an invitation to this event, please register by way of email to the buyer detailed above no later than 5pm Friday 30th August 2013. Prospective providers who are unable to attend the event will be provided with any documentation shared and questions and answers responded to at the event, and will still be able to take part in the RFP process. Transparency: HM Government requires that tender documentation issued by government departments for framework agreements with a value exceeding £10,000 over the life of the framework agreement are published online ( for the general public. The resulting framework agreement and call off requirement shall also be published. The Ministry of Justice may use its discretion to redact information to protect key commercial interests or on prescribed grounds. Therefore, bidders who wish information not to be published if successful should secure agreement with the Ministry of Justice prior to submission. Only documentation relating to awarded framework agreements will be published. Key commercial interests would be trade secrets and commercial interests which would be prejudiced by publication, following the tests in section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The prescribed grounds for redaction are: (a) national security; (b) personal data; (c) information protected by intellectual property law; (d) information which it is not in the public interest to disclose (following the tests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000) (e) third party confidential information; (f) IT security; (g) prevention of fraud. The procurement process and indicative timescales will be as follows: • Provider engagement event – W/c 9th September 2013 (tbc) • Deadline for registration for the engagement event – 5pm on 30th August 2013 • RFP available for download on the eSouring portal – 13th September 2013 • RFP submission – 10am on 25th October 2013 • RFP Evaluation – By Friday 15th November 2013 • Award of Framework Agreements – It is anticipated that the Authority will be in a position to award Framework Agreements by the end of December 2013. For more information concerning the NOMS Reducing Re-offending Pathways please refer to link; Reducing re-offending pathways (