Healthwatch Leicester

Healthwatch Leicester

Leicester City Council is inviting expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced organisations wishing to tender for the provision of Healthwatch Leicester.

REFERENCE HW2012
Awarding body Leicester City Council

Est. value

£1,194,000

Est. Start Date: 01/04/2013
Est. End Date: 31/03/2016

Description

Leicester City Council is inviting expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced organisations wishing to tender for the provision of Healthwatch Leicester.

The Government’s health and social care reforms are centred on the fundamental principle that patients and the public must be at the heart of everything our health and social care services do.

Local Healthwatch is being established as a new independent consumer champion for patients, carers and all those using health and social care services, as well as the wider public. Local Healthwatch is seen as an evolution from the existing work done by Local Involvement Networks (LINks).

The Health and Social Care Act 2012, states that the body contracted to be the local Healthwatch must be a ‘body corporate’ (i.e. a legal entity), which is a social enterprise, employ its own staff and manage its own finances.

This tender seeks to secure a Service Provider for the provision of Healthwatch Leicester from 1st April 2013 for an initial period three years, until 31 March 2016, with the possibility to extend for a further year, and one more year (3+1+1) subject to agreement by the Council. The value of the funding offered for this contract for the contract period (3+1+1) will be up to approximately £1,194,000 (approximately £234,682 per annum) (excluding VAT). For the first year of the contract up to approximately £20,462 for one-off start-up costs will also be available. Inflationary increase may be awarded following an annual review and will be as determined by the Council. The Service Provider shall in any event be required to demonstrate efficiency savings on an annual basis.

The Service Provider’s performance shall be measured regularly (in terms of the performance measures identified in the specification) and the Service Provider shall provide accurate and reliable management information to the Council as and when required.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions at a Tenderers Information Session to be held on 19th November 2012. Registration will commence at 9.30 a.m. with the actual session starting promptly at 10.00a.m. To register for this event, please refer to Appendix 8 of the Invitation to Tender documentation and follow the instructions contained therein.

Suppliers must read through this set of instructions and follow the process to respond to this opportunity.

The information and/or documents for this opportunity are available on https://www.delta-esourcing.com/delta. You must register on this site to respond, if you are already registered you will not need to register again, simply use your existing username and password. Please note there is a password reminder link on the homepage.

Suppliers must log in, go to your Response Manager and add the following Access Code: QAG64PG4SM. Please ensure you follow any instruction provided to you here.

The deadline for submitting your response(s) is 11/12/2012 14:00. Please ensure that you allow yourself plenty of time when responding to this invite prior to the closing date and time, especially if you have been asked to upload documents.

If you experience any technical difficulties please contact the Delta eSourcing Helpdesk on call 0845 270 7050 or email helpdesk@delta-esourcing.com.

Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES will tenders be accepted which arrive after the due date and time for receipt, except where the Council is satisfied that the failure is solely due to a malfunction within the BiP Tender Box System other than one caused or contributed to by the tenderer whether through failure to follow instructions or otherwise.

Tenderers are advised that the system times out (so that no further uploading can take place) exactly on the deadline without prior warning regardless of whether submissions are in the process of being uploaded or not. Tenderers are responsible for allowing themselves sufficient time for the uploading of their ITT prior to the due time/date. It is the tenderers responsibility to ensure submission on time. 

Additional information

Contract Type One off
Procurement Process Open Tender
Option to extend Possibility to extend for a further year, and one more year (3+1+1) subject to agreement by the Council.
Estimated ValueText Description The value of the contract given, GBP1,194,000 is for the whole contract, including the options to extend, if taken up.
Category Social Community Care Supplies & Services,
CPV codes 85000000,
Suitable for SME YES

Document Available Until

11 December 2012

about 1 month

Submission Return By

11 December 2012

about 1 month

extend contract options:

Possibility to extend for a further year, and one more year (3+1+1) subject to agreement by the Council.

Contact Details

Leicester City Council
Care Services & Commissioning (Adult Social Care) Team, Tel No: 0116 2528340
Service Contracting & Procurement Unit,
New Walk Centre,
A Block,
2nd Floor,
Welford Place,
Leicester LE1 6ZG