Provision of North West Non-emergency Patient Transport Services

Provision of North West Non-emergency Patient Transport Services

NHS Commissioning organisations within the North West of England intend to commission an NHS Funded North West Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service.

UK-Blackpool: transport services (excl. Waste transport)

2012/S 80-131683

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

NHS Blackpool acting on behalf of all PCT’s in the North West of England
Blackpool Stadium, Blackpool Stadium
Contact point(s): NHS SBS CPS
For the attention of: Rachael Frank
FY1 6JX Blackpool
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1612123701
E-mail: rachael_frank@nhs.net

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.blackpool.nhs.uk/

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.nwcca.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: yes

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

The Provision of North West Non-emergency Patient Transport Services.
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
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: North West.
NUTS code UKD

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

Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT: 1 114 000 GBP

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

Not a framework. A contract for each Lot will be awarded.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

60000000, 34114122, 60130000, 60170000, 85143000

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:

NHS Commissioning organisations within the North West of England intend to commission an NHS Funded North West Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service. The tender comprises the following lots: Lot 1 Cumbria PCT Cluster, Lot 2 – Lancashire PCT Cluster, Lot 3 – Cheshire PCT Cluster, Lot 4 – Mersey PCT Cluster, Lot 5 – Greater Manchester PCT Cluster and Lot 6 – Complete North West Region. Bidders will be required to meet the minimum qualification criteria set out in the Invitation to Tender. Where Bidders do not meet the minimum qualification criteria, then the offers for lots 1-6 will not be considered. The North West Non-emergency Patient Transport Service will be implemented regionally by April 2013. The Invitation to Tender, which will be conducted under the timescales and format of the OJEU Open procedure, is open to all suitably qualified providers.
Following the standardisation of Patient Transport Service (PTS) contracts in the North West, in order to drive improvements in quality, productivity, and efficiency, commissioners have sought to increase the extent to which a broad base of providers is able to participate in the region’s PTS market.
Through the subdivision of the North West region’s requirements into a series of smaller “lots”, commissioners aim to improve services for patients whilst reducing cost.
Key strategic objectives of the procurement and subsequently delivered service are to:
Improve equity of access through consistent and appropriate application of eligibility criteria to match patient needs of PTS service delivery.
Manage demand through eligibility criteria, and reduction of inappropriate use of PTS.
Improve value for money of the commissioned services whilst maintaining fitness for purpose and minimising risk.
Improve service quality by:
Delivering appropriate and flexible transport with supporting clinical expertise to service planned and ad-hoc care and transport needs. Requiring an easy, accessible and robust booking process for PTS.
The Provider shall be solely responsible for the optimisation of its operations (e.g. vehicle scheduling, staffing, asset deployment, investment) autonomously to deliver the defined service according to the required performance standards.
The objective is to provide safe, timely, and reliable high quality transportation of patients attending Treatment Centres for non-emergency appointments.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 114 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: Bids are invited from Potential Providers for 2 service options:
Option 1 is for the Core Service Specification.
Option 2 is for the Elevated Enhanced Service.
Further details are available in the Invitation to Tender documents.
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: Lot 1 – Non Emergency Patient Transport Service for NHS Cumbria

1)Short description
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

60000000, 34114122, 60130000, 60170000, 85143000

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: Lot 2 – Non Emergency Patient Transport Service for NHS Lancashire

1)Short description
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

60000000, 34114122, 60130000, 60170000, 85143000

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: Lot 3 – Non Emergency Patient Transport Service for NHS Cheshire

1)Short description
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

60000000, 34114122, 60130000, 60170000, 85143000

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: Lot 4 – Non Emergency Patient Transport Service for NHS Mersey

1)Short description
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

60000000, 34114122, 60130000, 60170000, 85143000

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: Lot 5 – Non Emergency Patient Transport Service for NHS Greater Manchester

1)Short description
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

60000000, 34114122, 60130000, 60170000, 85143000

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: Lot 6 – Non Emergency Patient Transport Service for the Complete North West Region

1)Short description
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

60000000, 34114122, 60130000, 60170000, 85143000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 7 Lot title:

1)Short description
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

60000000, 34114122, 60130000, 60170000, 85143000

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:
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

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: Are as set out in the ITT.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Are as set out in the ITT.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Are as set out in the ITT.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Are as set out in the ITT.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Are as set out in the 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

Open
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:

SBS/12/NL/8057
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
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

22.6.2012 – 13:00
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

English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

in days: 150 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

Date: 22.6.2012 – 13:00
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

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 minimum standards to qualify for delivering this service are set out in the Bidder Instruction Document and the Qualification Questionnaires – all documents can be downloaded from NHS SBS CPS E-tendering Portal https://nhssbs.eu-supply.com.

The EU Supply project reference is 12925.

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: The Commissioners will incorporate a standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide reasons for the award decision as required by regulation 32 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of 10 calendar days, provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into.The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 5) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Note that any challenge must be brought in accordance with the strict time limits which apply under these Regulations.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

20.4.2012