Northumberland County Council Independent Advocacy Contract

Northumberland County Council Independent Advocacy Contract

This contract is to provide an Independent Advocacy and Paid Relevant Persons Representative Service. 

United Kingdom-Morpeth: Health and social work services

2017/S 215-447051

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Northumberland County Council
County Hall
NE61 2EF
United Kingdom
Contact person: Mrs Leanne Stewart
Telephone: +44 1670622360
NUTS code: UKC21
Internet address(es):Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.2)Joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


SPS1132 Independent Advocacy and Paid Relevant Persons Representative (RPR) Service.

Reference number: DN307083

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

Northumberland County Council is seeking to appoint a supplier to provide Advocacy Services through an open procurement process under the Light Touch Regime of the Public Contract Regulations 2015. The award will be based on 80 % quality criterion and 20 % price criterion as specified within the tender documentation. The contract is being offered for a period of 3 years with an option to extend for a further year.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 230 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKC21

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

This contract is to provide an Independent Advocacy and Paid Relevant Persons Representative (RPR) Service. The service is being commissioned to meet all statutory requirements on the council under the terms of the Care Act 2014, The Mental Capacity Act 2005, the Mental Health Act 2007 and the Health and Social Care Act 2012. The provider must be familiar with the principle legislation and statutory requirements relating to the provision of independent advocacy and Responsible Person Representative within the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).

The Service consists of 6 elements:

— General advocacy services,

— Care Act Advocacy,

— Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMCA),

— Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA),

— National Health Service (NHS) Complaints Advocacy,

— Relevant Person’s Representative (RPR) Service.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 230 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 36
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

There is 1 optional 12 month extension within this contract which may or may not be taken up. The contract will then be subject to a further procurement exercise to renew.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 15/12/2017
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 15/12/2017
Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

The Authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to bidders. This period allows unsuccessful bidders to receive further debriefing from the contracting authority before the contract is entered into.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Northumberland County Council
County Hall
NE61 2EF
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:



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