National Clinical Audit – National Bowel Cancer Audit

National Clinical Audit – National Bowel Cancer Audit

The successful tenderer will provide a national comparative clinical audit of the quality and outcomes of NHS-funded care for adults with bowel cancer, aged 18 years and over, in England and Wales.

United Kingdom-London: Health and social work services

2014/S 086-150925

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

I.3)Main activity

Other: National Clinical Audit

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

HQIP NCA 140 national bowel cancer audit.

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 overarching requirements of this National Clinical Audit are as follows:
The successful tenderer will provide a national comparative clinical audit of the quality and outcomes of NHS-funded care for adults with bowel cancer, aged 18 years and over, in England and Wales.
The audit will comprise:
– Element 1: A continuous prospective clinical audit of the management and outcomes of patients with bowel cancer.
– Element 2: OPTIONAL, A 1-year feasibility study to establish the collection and reporting of PROMs and / or PREMs from patients with bowel cancer within the NBCA.
Aims of this National Clinical Audit:
The overarching aim of this audit is to improve the quality of services and the outcomes achieved for patients with bowel cancer in England and Wales.
This aim will be achieved through a project with the following objectives:
– To build on the learning of the NBCA to date, preserving and further developing the most successful design features, with particular emphasis on improving its capacity to support quality improvement.
– To achieve and maintain close alignment with relevant NICE national guidelines and quality standards throughout the audit, as appropriate.
– To continue to develop mechanisms to extend the audit to cover key aspects further along the patient pathway, including referral, diagnosis and longer term outcomes. This must also include the pathways of patients who are not treated surgically. In addition, tenderers should indicate whether and how the audit could be developed to provide information on how the adequacy of endoscopy service delivery including access, workforce design and capacity impacts on this patient pathway.
– To realise benefits, as appropriate, from the existing cancer data flows through the National Cancer Registration Service.
– To enable improvements through the provision of timely, high quality data that compares providers of healthcare, and comprises an integrated mixture of named Trust or Health Board, Cancer Strategic Clinical Network, MDT and consultant level reporting.
– To continue to develop the reporting schedules for the NBCA to improve the timeliness by which data is made available and to consider the needs of the full range of audiences who may contribute to improving patient outcomes.
Suitable providers will need to be able to demonstrate:
– Effective and fully-integrated clinical leadership.
– The ability to engage actively with all relevant professional disciplines.
– Robust project management skills.
– Methodological expertise and experience, data collection, analyst and information security/management skills.
– Sound knowledge of information governance and procedures for gaining permissions for data processing.
– Capacity and experience to successfully deliver the above requirement(s).
– Sound economic and financial standing assessed by evidence of professional indemnity insurance, audited accounts covering at least three previous financial years, a statement of turnover, profit & loss account and cash flow for the most recent year of trading, a statement of your cash flow forecast for the current year and a bank statement outlining the current cash and credit position.

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: 1 050 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes

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 the 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: As per ITT
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As per the PQQ & ITT
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: As per the PQQ & ITT

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As per the PQQ & ITT
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
As per the 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 four of the highest scoring suppliers at PQQ stage, who score at least 50 % of available marks will be invited to tender.
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 140 National Bowel Cancer Audit

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: 19.6.2014 – 12:00
Payable documents: no

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

24.6.2014 – 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 public procurement 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: