Pathology Services Partnership Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Pathology Services Partnership Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Wellstate Commercial Ltd, [WS] on behalf of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, invites expressions of interest from all suitably qualified, experienced and accredited healthcare providers to partner in the provision of pathology services.

UK-Manchester: pathology services

2012/S 43-070619

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Wilmslow Road
For the attention of: Bernie Foley
M20 4BX Manchester
Telephone: +44 7748782999

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: Wilmslow Road, Manchester M20 4BX
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: NHS Foundation Trust
I.3)Main activity

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:

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

Service category No 25: Health and social services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: To be determined via the procurement process.
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)

Pathology services:
Wellstate Commercial Ltd., [WS] on behalf of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, invites expressions of interest from all suitably qualified, experienced and accredited healthcare providers to partner in the provision of pathology services.
The Christie is seeking a single specialist partner solution with demonstrable capability & experience in operating within the pathology market who can augment and complement the pathology expertise at the Christie and who is committed to investing in, and successfully jointly developing an enhanced pathology service partnership.
It will therefore consider submissions from prime contractors and consortia (and in each case whether or not the prime contractor or consortia include elements of sub-contracting) provided that they can as a prime contractor or consortium provide a single comprehensive partner solution.
The intended outcome of the Pathology procurement is to select a partner organisation for the Christie that best satisfies our requirements. The requirements are plotted in order for potential bidders to have a clear understanding of what is required without being prescriptive as to the solution(s). It is envisaged that potential bidders will formulate and describe innovative solutions.
The purpose: to define and implement an innovative approach for pathology services that meets the current and future needs of the Christie:
1. Define the future pathology needs of the Christie;
2. Determine how these future needs can best be met i.e. define an appropriate model of service delivery that ensures high quality pathology services which maintain or improve patient safety and achieve efficiencies in the cost of service delivery; and
3. Implement any new model of service delivery.
The strategic objectives: to deliver a final solution, to include but not limited to:
— A track record of cultivating excellent relationships with partner organisations,
— Support the Christie’s overall continued strategy to be a world leading comprehensive cancer centre with specialist oncology focus, continuing with strong clinical governance procedures & controls,
— Continue to deliver high quality pathology services to maintain or improve patient safety, thus enhancing patient outcomes,
— Achieve efficiencies [whilst maintaining quality] in the cost of service delivery to support CIP and QIPP targets,
— Complementary expertise, capability & capacity, enabling flexibility of service provision to support expected & unexpected increases in demand, mitigate risks arising from changes in the pathology landscape and to support future change,
— Service innovation & improvement [ideas, working practices & technology] to overcome current service limitations, restrictions and improve service resilience,
— Capital investment capacity to overcome current & future service risks e.g. facilities, IT systems,
— Progress income growth.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

85111800, 85110000

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: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Pathology and laboratory; Histopathology; Biochemistry; Haematology; Cytogenetics; Microbiology; Virology; Andrology; Immunology; Cytology; Breast Tumour Receptor services.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 30 000 000,00 and 50 000 000,00 GBP
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: 120 (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:

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

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

See PQQ/ITPD documentation.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: See PQQ/ITPD documentation.
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: How to express an interest:
1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once):
— Browse to the eSourcing Portal-,

— Click the “Click here to register” link,
— Accept the terms and conditions and click “Continue”,
— Enter your correct business and user details,
— Note the username you chose and click “Save” when complete,
— You will shortly receive an e-mail with your unique password (please keep this secure).
2. Express an interest in the tender:
— Login to the portal with the username/password,
— Click the “PQQs Open to All Suppliers” link. (These are pre-qualification questionnaires open to any registered supplier),
— Click on the relevant PQQ to access the content,
— Click the “Express Interest” button in the “Actions” box on the left-hand side of the page,
— This will move the PQQ into your “My PQQs” page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only),
— Click on the PQQ code, you can now access any attachments by clicking the “Settings and Buyer Attachments” in the “Actions” box.
3. Responding to the tender:
— You can now choose to “Reply” or “Reject” (please give a reason if rejecting),
— You can now use the “Messages” function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification,
— Note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ,
— There may be a mixture of online & offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available).
If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: See PQQ/ITPD documentation.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: See PQQ/ITPD documentation.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
See PQQ/ITPD documentation.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
See PQQ/ITPD documentation.
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: yes
Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision: See PQQ/ITPD documentation.
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

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 number of operators: 3
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: See PQQ/ITPD documentation.
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 yes
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

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

12.4.2012 – 17:00
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 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 Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.
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:29.2.2012