Improving Skills to Deliver Transformative Change in the Welsh Health Sector

Improving Skills to Deliver Transformative Change in the Welsh Health Sector

A key activity for Skills for Health is to generate intelligence on ways in which employers can be inspired and assisted in developing their businesses through the development of high quality research and intelligence. Such activity is the focus of this invitation.

Procurer reference: SPFP1
Value of tender: £Undisclosed
CONTRACT NOTICE – NON OJEU
Is this notice funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO)?
No
Contract Type
Services
SECTION I: CONTRACTING AUTHORITY
Name of the organisation
Skills for Health Ltd
Contact Name
Chrissie Cole -chrissie.cole@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Address
1st Floor , Goldsmiths House, Broad Plain,
Town
Bristol
Postcode
BS2 0JP
EMail
LMI@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Web Address
http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk
SECTION II: DETAILS OF THE CONTRACT
Service category
25 Health and Social Services
Is it a framework agreement?
Yes
Title of the contract
Improving skills to deliver transformative change in the Welsh Health Sector
Description of the contract

Improving skills to deliver transformative change in the Welsh Health Sector – Part of the Sector Priorities Fund Pilot (SPFP) Programme for Wales

Skills for Health is the employer-led authority on workforce development and skills. Licensed by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, as the UK Sector Skills Council for health, we work closely with employers helping them plan and develop a skilled, flexible and productive workforce to improve the quality and efficiency of health services.

A key activity for Skills for Health is to generate intelligence on ways in which employers can be inspired and assisted in developing their businesses through the development of high quality research and intelligence. Such activity is the focus of this invitation.

Skills for Health has successfully accessed the SPFP programme for funding of three research projects shaped specifically for the health sector. A full outline of the SPFP programme’s objectives can be viewed on the Welsh Government’s

website:http://wales.gov.uk/docs/dcells/publications/130114spfpprospectusen.pdf

We expect these research projects to deliver high quality intelligence, innovative practical recommendations and active employer engagement on three high impact themes and the tender will be divided into three lots to reflect these themes.

PLEASE NOT YOU MAY APPLY FOR ALL THREE LOTS HOWEVER WE WILL NOT AWARD ALL THREE TO THE SAME ORGANISATION

Lot 1 Developing high performance SME businesses

Lot 2 Enhancing the potential for ‘Assistant Practitioner’ roles

Lot 3 Increasing the uptake of Apprenticeships

LOT ONE: Developing high performance SME businesses in the Welsh Health sector

Aim

Enable better engagement from owners and proprietors of Health Sector SMEs in Wales in business and learning support that will help them to improve their businesses and their training and development.

Objectives

In order to achieve this aim the lot will:

•Gain a general understanding of current and future business and skills needs amongst SME health employers in Wales

•Understand their motivations behind therunning of their businesses and what types of business and learning support they might wish to undertake

•Explore the propensity of different types of SMEs health sector employers to engage in business and skills development activities

•Test what approaches health sector SMEs might find useful to inspire and inform productive change for their organisations. Such testing to include the application of consumer and health profiling (such as ACORN health) as well as other similar stimulus materials

•Understand how the business and learning support available to health organisations in Wales currently helps them achieve their business ambitions

•Provide recommendations to Skills for Health and the Welsh Government on products and services that will help SMEs with different motivations to achieve their business aims and objectives

LOT 2: Assistant/Associate Practitioners in Wales

Aim

This research aims to understand the current implementation of Assistant/Associate Practitioners across the health sector in Wales including both the NHS and the independent /voluntary sector and to recommend future activities by Welsh Government and Skills for Health to assist in their development.

Objectives

In order to achieve these aims, the following objectives will need to be met:

•Establish a recent history of how Assistant/Associate practitioner roles have been developed throughout Wales, taking into account unique drivers for development in the country including political and geographical context

•Develop a forward looking perspective about the development of these roles in Wales

•Understand opportunities and barriers to the further development of these roles in Wales

•Explore how Assistant Practitioners are recruited to the roles and career progression routes for those in these roles

•Explore the current use of qualifications and training provision to assist in the effective development and deployment of these roles in Wales. There will also be a comparison and analysis between the development of Assistant/Associate Practitioner roles in Wales with developments across the rest of UK

 

•Build on our understanding of opportunities and barriers in order to to develop meaningful recommendations to take forward the development of Assistant/Associate Practitioner roles in Wales

LOT 3: Increase Participation in Health Apprenticeships across Wales

Aim

Provide recommendations to improve the uptake of apprenticeships amongst health sector employers.

Objectives

In order to achieve the above aims, the following questions would need to be addressed:

•What are the reasons for this lower than anticipated uptake of health apprenticeships across Wales?

•What are the opportunities associated with the promotion of health apprenticeships in Wales?

•What can be done to improve the uptake of health apprenticeships in Wales?

•What models of delivery might improve uptake?

•Who do we need to work with to improve uptake?

TIMESCALES

• Invitation to tender issued 4th February 2013

• Deadline for questions and queries 14th February 2013

• Responses to email questions 18/19th February 2013

• Closing date for bids 12 noon – 25th February 2013

• Evaluation panel/process Feb w/c 25th February 2013

• Contract awarded week commencing w/c 4th March 2013

• Projects completed circa three months from contract date

Place / site of work / delivery
Various locations in Wales

Classification of contract (CPV codes)
73210000 – Research consultancy services.
73000000 – Research and development services and related consultancy services.
79000000 – Business services – law, marketing, consulting, recruitment, printing and security.

Contract Length
Starting date:
04.03.2013
and/or Ending date
30.06.2013
SECTION III: AWARD CRITERIA

SECTION IV: Administrative Information

Instructions to suppliers

To download the full tender documents, please visit our website

 

http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/about-us/tenders

Please submit any queries to LMI@skillsforhealth.org.uk, clearly labelled ‘Welsh SPFP tender

Tenders must be submitted no later than 12 noon on Monday 25th February 2013.

Please ensure that you submit the forms Part A and Part C along with your tender for any of the lots you are applying for to Financeexpenditurecontracts@skillsforhealth.org.uk

PLEASE NOT YOU MAY APPLY FOR ALL THREE LOTS HOWEVER WE WILL NOT AWARD ALL THREE TO THE SAME ORGANISATION

Reference Number
SPFP1
Deadline Date
25.02.2013
Deadline date refers to
Receipt of tenders. Please submit by 12pm
Does this contract relate to a Project / Programme funded by EU funds?
Yes
Welsh Government Sector Priority Fund Sector Priority Fund Project SPFP with funds from the European Social Fund
Community Benefits do not apply to this contract