Modular Paediatric Wheelchair

Modular Paediatric Wheelchair

Research, Development and Production of a Fully Working Modular Paediatric Wheelchair Prototype.

UK-Coventry: research and development services and related consultancy services

2012/S 170-281507

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement
i-House, University of Warwick Science Park
Contact point(s): Procurement
For the attention of: Will Sinclair
CV4 7HS Coventry
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2476475834
E-mail: will.sinclair@institute.nhs.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.institute.nhs.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.mytenders.org/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA5661

Further information can be obtained from: NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement
i-House, University of Warwick Science Park
Contact point(s): Procurement
For the attention of: Will Sinclair
CV4 7HS Coventry
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2476475800
E-mail: will.sinclair@institute.nhs.uk
Internet address: www.institute.nhs.uk

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement
i-House, University of Warwick Science Park
For the attention of: Will Sinclair
CV4 7HS Coventry
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2476475800
E-mail: will.sinclair@institute.nhs.uk
Internet address: www.institute.nhs.uk

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement
i-House, University of Warwick Campus
For the attention of: Will Sinclair
CV4 7HS Coventry
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2476475800
Internet address: www.institute.nhs.uk

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity

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

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Research, Development and Production of a Fully Working Modular Paediatric Wheelchair Prototype.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 8: Research and development services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: England.
NUTS code UK

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)

Introduction.
The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement on behalf of the NHS National Innovation Centre (NIC), invites tender submissions for the provision of Second Stage Research, Development and Production of a Fully Working Modular Paediatric Wheelchair Prototype (Chair4Life).
Background to the Project.
In 2009/10 the NIC responded to clear statements of clinical need from parents, carers, users and health professionals for a wheelchair that promoted user independence and was easily adaptable for a growing child, and commissioned the development of a specification for a Paediatric wheelchair design solution.
This collaborative work has now been completed and resulted in the development of a detailed design specification for a modular wheelchair that would accommodate a wheelchair user from the age of 3 to 25 years and beyond.
This tender has been issued in order to facilitate the next stage of research and development; the production of a fully working prototype for further evaluation and validation work. The NIC believes that this contract would be ideally suited to organisations that could bring a range of competencies, experience and expertise to bear to build on existing research and design work and develop a prototype that will transform the lives of disabled children and young adults.
As the above requirement is classified as a Part B service (“Other services – Purchase of Research and Development not for the benefit of the commissioning organisation”), it is not subject to the full EU regulations that would require a formal OJEU procedure to be followed.
The NIC recognises that to deliver a truly innovative design and service delivery solution, a diverse range of partners from a range of industry sectors may be desirable. Thus consortia that bring expertise from outside the health sector, such as the automotive industry, are welcome to apply.
Deliverables.
The successful bidder will be required to meet the following deliverables:
1. Re-evaluate/validate the findings for the NIC led paediatric wheelchair research and development work and produce a comprehensive report outlining the revised findings and design recommendations. The original work primarily focussed on children with high level needs, representing a limited percentage of the market. The wheelchair design we are seeking to build upon and develop will need to meet the needs of at least 80 % of the potential market to make it commercially viable and benefit the highest number of users.
2. Actively participate in an NIC led engagement event in October at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement’s offices in Coventry. The engagement event will bring together leading organisations and policy makers who are pivotal in the redesign of current wheelchair services. The successful consortium will engage with key NHS stakeholders attending this event throughout the development phase of the new wheelchair prototype. Based on the outputs of deliverables 1 and 2 the consortium will provide a revised functional design specification for the new wheelchair prototype.
3. Provide a Health Economics assessment of the market opportunity. This work should be completed in parallel with deliverables 1 and 2. The assessment should examine the current market for wheelchairs in the UK, identify the size of market, current market leaders ad the market opportunities. It should also assess the emerging business models being proposed by Any Qualified Providers (AQP’s). This work should include a comprehensive market opportunity assessment including the identification of a price point range for the new wheelchair and an options appraisal for service delivery to the market.
4. Develop a range of design concepts and test with a user group representative of 80 % of the target market. This will include testing concepts with users with a wide range of support needs from complex (requiring specialist equipment) through to users with limited mobility.
5. Deliver two commercially viable prototype modular paediatric wheelchairs, one for further evaluation and a second for showcasing at the NHS Expo on the 13/14 March 2013 at the Excel Exhibition Centre in London
Registering Interest.
You can register your interest by visiting the NHS Institute’s e-procurement portal www.nhsi-procurement.co.uk and click on the appropriate rolling advert. You will then be invited by the NHS Institute to access the ITT documents which will provide additional information.

For any questions relating to this advertisement, or if you experience any problems accessing the portal, please contact Will Sinclair at will.sinclair@institute.nhs.uk or call +44 2476475834.

Key Dates:-.
Deadline for completion of e-mailed questions: – 12:00 Noon on Tuesday 11.9.2012.
Response date for questions published: – 5:00 pm on Thursday 13.9.2012.
Completion of submission on-line: – no later than 12:00 pm on Wednesday 26.9.2012.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73000000, 73200000, 73210000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.1.8)Lots

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:

Please see the Invitation to Tender document which provides further details regarding the scope.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 300 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 6 (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:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
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: (1) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they are not bankrupt or the subject of an administration order, are not being wound-up, have not granted a trust deed, are not the subject of a petition presented for sequestration of their estate, have not had a receiver, manager or administrator appointed and are not otherwise apparently insolvent.
(2) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that the candidate, their directors, or any other person who has powers of representation, decision or control of the candidate has not been convicted of conspiracy, corruption, bribery, or money laundering. Failure to provide such a declaration will result in the candidate being declared ineligible and they will not be selected to participate in this procurement process.
(3) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have not been convicted of a criminal offence relating to the conduct of their business or profession.
(4) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have not committed an act of grave misconduct in the course of their business or profession.
(5) All candidates must comply with the requirements of the State in which they are established, regarding registration on the professional or trade register.
(6) Any candidate found to be guilty of serious misrepresentation in providing any information required, may be declared ineligible and not selected to continue with this procurement process.
(7) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions under the law of any part of the United Kingdom or of the relevant State in which the candidate is established.
(8) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes under the law of any part of the United Kingdom or of the relevant State in which the economic operator is established.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (1) All candidates will be required to provide a reference from their bank.
(2) All candidates will be required to provide evidence of relevant professional risk indemnity insurance.
(3) All candidates will be required to provide a statement, covering the 3 previous financial years including the overall turnover of the candidate and the turnover in respect of the activities which are of a similar type to the subject matter of this notice.
(4) All candidates will be required to provide statements of accounts or extracts from those accounts relating to their business.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
(1) A statement of the candidate’s average annual number of staff and managerial staff over the previous 3 years.
(2) Details of the educational and professional qualifications of their managerial staff; and those of the person(s) who would be responsible for providing the services or carrying out the work or works under the contract.
(3) A check may be carried out by the contracting authority or by a competent official body of the State in which the candidate is established, to verify the technical capacity of the candidate; and if relevant, on the candidates study and research facilities and quality control measures.
(4) A statement of the candidate’s technical facilities; measures for ensuring quality; and their study and research facilities.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
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: yes

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure

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

T0812/WS61/NIC
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: 25.9.2012
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

26.9.2012 – 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

English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

Date: 26.9.2012 – 12:00
Place:

Coventry.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information

(MT Ref:92416).
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:31.8.2012