Mental Health Clinical Outcome Review Programme

Mental Health Clinical Outcome Review Programme

The Mental Health Programme is one of four Clinical Outcome Review Programmes (previously known as confidential enquiries) which are designed to help assess the quality of healthcare, and stimulate improvement in safety and effectiveness by systematically enabling clinicians, managers and policy makers to learn from adverse events and other relevant data.

United Kingdom-London: Health services

2014/S 124-221031

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership
Tenter House, 45 Moorfields
For the attention of: Carol Pilcher
EC2Y 9AE London

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Other: Charitable Organisation Commissioning on behalf of NHS England and other UK Devolved Health Depts if they so wish

I.3)Main activity

Recreation, culture and religion
Other: Clinical Outcome Review Programme

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

DHSSPS Northern Ireland
Castle Buildings, Stourmont
BT4 3SJ Belfast

Department of Health Scottish Government
St Andrews House, Regents Road
EH1 3DG Edinburgh

The Welsh Government (Health)
1 Caspian Way
CF10 4DQ Cardiff

Jersey Government Health & Social Services
Peter Crill House, Gloucester Street
JE1 3QS St Helier


Section II: Object of the contract


II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

HQIP NCA 149 mental health clinical outcome review programme.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 25: Health and social services

NUTS code UKI1

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) has been requested to commission the Mental Health Clinical Outcome Review Programme on behalf of NHS England, DHSSPS Northern Ireland, the health departments of the Welsh and Scottish Governments, and the crown dependency of Jersey.
The Mental Health Programme is one of four Clinical Outcome Review Programmes (previously known as confidential enquiries) which are designed to help assess the quality of healthcare, and stimulate improvement in safety and effectiveness by systematically enabling clinicians, managers and policy makers to learn from adverse events and other relevant data.
The other programmes are:
— The Medical & Surgical Programme;
— The Maternal, Newborn and Infant Programme;
— The Child Health Programme.
The programmes aim to complement and contribute to the work of other agencies such as NICE, CQC, the Royal Colleges and academic research studies with the aim of supporting changes that can help improve the quality and safety of healthcare delivery.
The contract for the programme will run for 3 years, with an opportunity for assessment for a contract extension for a further 2 years prior to the end of the 3 year term.
The programme will build on the work of the existing Mental Health Clinical Outcome Review Programme which was established in 1991 and independently managed in association with the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In 1996 commissioning responsibility for the programme transferred to The Department of Health and the contract for the work programme was awarded to the University of Manchester following a competitive tendering process. Subsequently a comprehensive system for identifying patient suicides and homicides was established, initially in England and UK-wide from 1997. In 2004, sudden unexplained death in mental health in-patients was added to the core work. Commissioning responsibility for the programme passed from the DH to NICE in 2001 and subsequently transferred to the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) in 2005 until 2011 when further to the closure of the NPSA, the responsibility for the commissioning and management of all the Clinical Outcome Review Programmes transferred to HQIP who now manage the programmes on behalf of the funding bodies.
The successful supplier will consult and collaborate with relevant stakeholders to develop and run a programme that:
— continues data collection, analysis and annual reporting for the established national case series which provides detailed information on the antecedents of suicide, homicide and sudden unexpected death under mental health care and on patient characteristics, for patients who have been in contact with mental health services in the 12 months prior to the incident;
— undertakes an annual call for mental health related topics for study. Selection of topics is carried out using a designated prioritisation process, approved by the funding bodies. The programme requires one/two reports per year to be published (to be decided by the Independent Advisory Group) and made available in full in the public domain, excluding any information that might make individual patients identifiable. The following topics have already been selected for 2015/2016;
The management and risk of patients with personality disorder (PD) prior to suicide and homicide.
A National investigation into suicide in children and young people.
A mental health primary care study focussing on the interface between primary and secondary care, further to a feasibility study assessing the availability of robust data sources and linkages required to undertake this work.
Outputs should:
— Provide information and recommendations that contribute to national policy on mental health and suicide prevention strategies.
— support local audit in mental health trusts and facilitate local quality improvement programmes in both care delivery and service improvement, providing tools for change.
— Provide both recommendations for change as well as identifying what changes work at both national and local level.
— Support commissioners in assessment of service delivery and service redesign.
This programme must collaborate with other Clinical Outcome Review Programmes as relevant. In addition this programme must align with the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcome Programme and be both informed by and inform National Clinical Audits as appropriate.
Tenderers will be expected to demonstrate how they will engage with and achieve input from those with relevant clinical and professional expertise to topic areas. In addition, involvement from a representative mix of service users, their family and carers and their representative organisations along the entire programme including planning, internal governance, outputs and dissemination is essential.
Governance to the programme will be provided by the Mental Health Clinical Outcome Review Programme Independent Advisory Group which includes representatives of the funding bodies together with academic and clinical expertise and service users.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no


This contract is divided into lots: no

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Estimated value excluding VAT: 2 224 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: Option to extend initial contract period by up to a maximum of 24 months.

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Number of possible renewals: 2

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

As per ITT.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

As per PQQ & ITT.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

As per PQQ & ITT.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: Acceptance of HQIP terms and conditions as per PQQ & ITT.
III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As per PQQ & ITT.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As per PQQ.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As per PQQ & ITT.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no

III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure


IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged minimum number 2: and maximum number 4
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Up to 4 of the highest scoring suppliers at PQQ stage, who score at least 50 % of the available marks and meet the mandatory criteria.
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

HQIP NCA 149 mental health clinical outcome review programme.

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract


IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 11.8.2014 – 12:00
Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

12.8.2014 – 12:00

IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates


IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: As per EU contract regulations 2006 as amended.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: