NHS Electronic and Print Content Framework

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NHS Electronic and Print Content Framework

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence
Level 1A, City Tower, Piccadilly Plaza
For the attention of: Irene Walker
M1 4BD Manchester
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: irene.walker@nice.org.uk

Internet address(es):

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

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.nhsevidence.nhs.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

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:

NHS Electronic and Print Content Framework.

 

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

Services
Service category No 15: Publishing and printing services on a fee or contract basis
NUTS code UKD3

 

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

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement

 

II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 4

 

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

The purpose of this tender is to secure the provision of an NHS electronic and print content framework agreement which identifies the providers of medical and healthcare related published content and products and services.

 

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

22120000, 22200000, 22100000, 85100000

 

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: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots

 

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:

The NHS in England is responsible for commissioning, planning, delivering, managing and evaluating health care; and for promoting public health. Its core functions include patient care, education and research. It is a complex organisation comprising many separate bodies, and it must necessarily work in partnership with other organisations to fulfil its objectives.
To support these objectives, the organisations that make up the NHS, and their partners, invest a significant amount in information resources. It is vital to ensure that this investment of taxpayers’ funds delivers value for money, not only for individual organisations, but for the NHS as a whole, and to ensure that the diverse, dispersed and specialist staff groups engaged in health and social care have access to the information resources they need, at the point they need them.
The NHS in England is seeking to establish a Framework Agreement which identifies the Providers of medical and healthcare related published content and products and services that will meet its users’ needs from suppliers who will reliably deliver services that: meet specified technical and service standards; use pricing models appropriate for the NHS; adhere to the Licence Terms & Conditions required by the NHS; add value for NHS customers.
The Framework Agreement will list the Providers and Agreements from whom the NHS and its partners can purchase with confidence and without the need for full competitive tendering. However, a mini-competition must be run by purchasers off the Framework between competing Providers on the Framework for the same product.

 

II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals

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

Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

 

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: Print Journals

1)Short description

Health related printed journals.

 

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

22120000, 22200000, 22100000, 85100000

 

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 2 Lot title: E-Journals

1)Short description

Health related electronic journals.

 

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

22120000, 22200000, 22100000, 85100000

 

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 3 Lot title: Print Books

1)Short description

Health related printed books.

 

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

22120000, 22200000, 22100000, 85100000

 

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 4 Lot title: E-books

1)Short description

Health related electronic books.

 

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

22120000, 22200000, 22100000, 85100000

 

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 5 Lot title: Databases

1)Short description

Health related databases which provide Abstracting & Indexing (A&I) or bibliographic content and / or full text content.

 

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

22120000, 22200000, 22100000, 85100000

 

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 6 Lot title: Aggregated Evidence Summaries Resources

1)Short description

Health related information summary products, or web based compendiums, designed to provide health professionals with comprehensive evidence in the format of synthesized information and content. Providers of computerised Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS) should NOT apply.

 

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

22120000, 22200000, 22100000, 85100000

 

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

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:

As detailed in the Pre Qualification Questionnaire documents.

 

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

As detailed in the Pre Qualification Questionnaire documents.

 

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: As detailed in the Pre Qualification Questionnaire documents.

 

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As detailed in the Pre Qualification Questionnaire documents.

 

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As detailed in the Pre Qualification Questionnaire documents.

 

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

competitive dialogue

 

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

Envisaged minimum number 3
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: As detailed in the Pre Qualification Questionnaire documents.

 

IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no

 

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:

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: 12.12.2011
Payable documents: no

 

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

19.12.2011 – 17:00

 

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

23.1.2012

 

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

The principal purchasers from this Framework Agreement are likely to be NHS Trusts. However, other organisations involved in the provision of NHS commissioned healthcare or NHS commissioned education may opt to purchase from this Framework, either individually or in combination with other organisations providing similar services. Examples of potential purchasers include:
— higher education institutions,
— clinical commissioning consortia,
— independent, private, charitable and voluntary sector organisations which provide NHS-commissioned care or work in partnership with the NHS to provide care to NHS patients, including hospices, cancer support charities and social enterprise organisations,
— Department of Health (DH),
— DH Arms Length Bodies, including Special Health Authorities, executive Agencies and Non-Departmental Public bodies, and DH-owned companies.

 

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: Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: NICE will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day stand still period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenders. This Period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the contracting authority before the contract is entered into. Applicants have 2 working days from the notification of the award decision to request additional debriefing and that information has to be provided a minimum of 3 working days before the expiry of the standstill period. Such additional information should be requested from the contracting authority named in section l.1. If an appeal regarding the award of a contract has not been successfully resolved the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI2006 No 5.) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Any such action must be brought promptly (generally within three months). Where a contract has not been entered into, the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the Court may only award damages.

 

VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:7.11.2011