National Clinical Audit of Rheumatoid and Early Inflammatory Arthritis

National Clinical Audit of Rheumatoid and Early Inflammatory Arthritis

The successful supplier will provide a national comparative audit of the assessment, management and outcomes of adults presenting with early inflammatory and rheumatoid arthritis in all NHS secondary care settings in England and Wales where the service is provided.

UK-London: health and social work services

2012/S 172-284579

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership
Holland House, 4 Bury Street
For the attention of: Carol Pilcher
EC3A 5AW London
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: procurement@hqip.org.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.hqip.org.uk

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 Dept. of Health

I.3)Main activity

Health
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)Description

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

HQIP NCA 100 National Clinical Audit of Rheumatoid and Early Inflammatory Arthritis.

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

Services
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 successful supplier will provide a national comparative audit of the assessment, management and outcomes of adults presenting with early inflammatory and rheumatoid arthritis in all NHS secondary care settings in England and Wales where the service is provided. Other devolved nations could be included should their funding bodies choose.
The Overarching Aims of the Audit:
— to consider the future local utility of the audit outputs from the outset and plan all audit methodologies to maximise their potential to drive quality improvement for patients with early inflammatory and rheumatoid arthritis. In particular to drive:
a. the rapid control of joint inflammation through early suppressive drug treatment supervised by specialists;
b. the reduction of work disability through effective multi-professional working where standards and validated audit questions are available;
— to enable these improvements through the provision of high quality data that compares providers,
— to achieve and maintain close alignment with relevant NICE national guidance and quality standards throughout the audit,
— to enable the improvement of the quality of care for these patients through the collection, analysis and reporting of validated patient reported outcome and experience measures (PROMs / PREMs),
— to link data at the individual patient level to other relevant national datasets if required in order to achieve the first four aims,
— to consider the potential value of planning for future linkage activity which, whilst not required to meet the current scope, might in the future facilitate extension of the audit further along the patient care pathway (for example future linkage with the National Joint Registry).
The programme will comprise:
— the prospective clinical audit of representative samples of new patients presenting to secondary care with data collected at presentation and with the capacity to capture key diagnostic, management and outcomes data for the subsequent three- month period,
— the inclusion of working capacity items in the dataset where appropriate standards and guidelines are available and questions have been validated,
— the capture of patient reported outcomes and experience data where appropriate validated and piloted tools are available,
— the inclusion of a ‘light touch’ organisational audit if a dataset can be identified for which there is an evidenced link between organisational provision and patient outcome.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

85000000, 85100000, 85140000

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

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

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:

Initial contract of 36 months being offered with possible extension of up to 24 months.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 795 000,00 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: Possible extension of initial contract by up to 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 the ITT.

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

As per 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 ITT.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: As per acceptance of HQIP standard contractual terms and conditions provided in the PQQ & ITT Packs.
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.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
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

Restricted

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 6
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Up to six of the highest scoring suppliers, who score at least 50 % of available marks and meet all the mandatory criteria set.
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 100 National Clinical Audit of Rheumatoid & Early Inflammatory Arthritis.

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

no

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: 10.10.2012
Payable documents: no

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

15.10.2012 – 12:00

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

12.11.2012

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
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening 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 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:

4.9.2012