Prime Contractor of Psychological Therapies Northumberland

Prime Contractor of Psychological Therapies Northumberland

The CCG are seeking a prime contractor of psychological therapies, including improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) (excluding secondary care).

United Kingdom-Morpeth: Health services

2014/S 208-368853

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group
County Hall
For the attention of: Tracy Murray
NE61 2EF Morpeth
Telephone: +44 1642746917

Further information can be obtained from: North of England Commissioning Support Unit (NECS)
Internet address:

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: North of England Commissioning Support Unit (NECS)
Internet address:

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: North of England Commissioning Support Unit (NECS)
Internet address:

I.2)Type of the contracting authority


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:

NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group Psychological Therapies Service.

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

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)

Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is a progressive organisation that aims to stay focused on better outcomes for its population of 330,000 patients. The CCG are seeking a prime contractor of psychological therapies, including improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) (excluding secondary care). The prime contractor will, as contract holder, be solely accountable for the entire adult service (including IAPT, but not secondary care) and for all referred psychological therapy patients. We are looking to work with people who aim for excellence in all areas and are willing and capable of going the extra mile to exceed expectations.
The CCG is highly committed to realising the full potential of clinical quality, value for money, and clinical and service user outcomes that an innovative, unified model of provision can offer. The intended financial envelope over a 5 year period is expected to be a maximum of GBP 20 m (i.e. circa GBP 4 m per annum) and a key focus of the contractual model will be an element of gain share linked to achievement of specified outcomes. The intended services include: cognitive behavioural therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, guided self-help, group work, counselling and psycho-education.
Under the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 the contracting authority must consider:
? How what is proposed to be procured might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the relevant area.
? How, in conducting the process of procurement, it might act with a view to securing the improvement.
The North of England Commissioning Support Unit (NECS) are transacting the procurement process for and on behalf of NHS Northumberland CCG. NECS is utilising an electronic tendering tool to manage this procurement and communicate with potential providers. Accordingly, there will be no hard copy documents issued to potential providers, and all communications and submissions will be conducted via the In-Tend Portal (which can be found at It is free to register on the portal, which can be accessed at any time of day. Once registered, bidders must select ?Forthcoming? within the ?Tenders? tab at the header of the home. Bidders must then select ?NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group Psychological Therapies Service?. If you require further assistance, a help guide can be found on the portal by clicking on the tab marked ?Guidance for Suppliers?. Alternatively, a dedicated helpdesk is available should potential providers have any queries and can be contacted on 0844 2728810 (Monday to Friday 8:00 to 17:00) / note the deadline for submission of all bids is 17:00 on 24.11.2014.

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): yes


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

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

Starting 1.9.2015. Completion 31.8.2020

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:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
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
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

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
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:


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


IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Payable documents: no

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

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

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

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: