Quality assurance services for Nursing and Midwifery Council

Quality assurance services for Nursing and Midwifery Council

The successful supplier must have established knowledge and experience of managing and delivering quality assurance and enhancement in health care, and/or higher professional education.

UK-London: other services

2012/S 193-317750

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Nursing and Midwifery Council
23 Portland Place
For the attention of: Dhar Grewal
W1B 1PZ London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2076815488
E-mail: Dhar.grewal@nmc-uk.org

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.nmc-uk.org

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: UK healthcare regulator
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:

RT293 Quality assurance services.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 27: Other services
NUTS code UKI

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

Other services. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the regulator of over 650 000 nurses and midwives in the UK, and we exist to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the public. We set standards of education, training, conduct and performance for nurses and midwives, and hold the register of those who have qualified and meet those standards. We provide guidance to help nurses and midwives keep their skills and knowledge up to date and uphold our professional standards. We have clear and transparent processes to investigate and deal with nurses and midwives who fall short of our standards. Further information about the NMC is available at www.nmc-uk.org.

The NMC approves and monitors the standards of educational programmes that lead to an entry or mark on its register; and monitors the higher educational institutions and practice placement learning environments that develop and deliver these programmes, taking action where its requirements are not met.
Currently there are 62 NMC approved education institutions in England, 6 in Wales, 2 in Northern Ireland and 10 in Scotland, which are subject to such monitoring. The number of programmes in approval across the UK ranges between 1 000 – 1 600, depending on activity.
Local supervising authorities (LSAs) are organisations that hold statutory roles and responsibilities for supporting and monitoring the quality of midwifery practice through the mechanism of statutory supervision of midwives in order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of women and their families. Having set the rules and standards for the supervision of midwives and the function of LSAs, the NMC has a duty to verify these are being met. We achieve this through our LSA review process.
There are 14 LSAs in the UK which are overseen by 15 local supervising authority midwifery officers. The LSAs are divided into regions North of Scotland, South East and West of Scotland, Health Inspectorate Wales, Public Health Agency Northern Ireland and in England they have been grouped into 4 clusters, they are: NHS North of England (North East, North West and the Yorkshire and the Humber LSAs), NHS Midlands and East (East Midlands, West Midlands and East of England LSAs), NHS South of England (South Central, South East Coast and South West LSAs) and NHS London.
As part of a UK wide approach to quality assurance, the NMC is seeking expressions of interest from suitably experienced suppliers to provide QA services in the UK.
The successful supplier must have established knowledge and experience of managing and delivering quality assurance and enhancement in health care, and/or higher professional education. The successful supplier will also have an established supporting infrastructure to support a significant reviewer community for LSA and QA of education reviews.
The NMC’s requirement is for the provision of quality assurance (QA) services on behalf of the NMC in the UK for a period of up to 3 years from 30.4.2013 with the option to renew for a further period.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

98390000

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: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Provision of quality assurance services across the UK.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 1 500 000 and 3 000 000 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: 36 (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:
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:

The group will be required to nominate a lead partner with whom the NMC can contract, or form themselves into a single legal entity before the contract is 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

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: The Authority will apply all the offences listed in Article 45(1) of Directive 2004/18/EC (implemented as Regulation 23(1) of the Public Contract Regulations (PCR) 2006 in the UK) and all of the professional misconducts listed at Article 45(2) of Directive 2004/18/EC (see also Regulation 23(2) in the PCR 2006) to the decision of whether a Candidate is eligible to be invited to tender.
A full list of the Regulation 23(1) and 23(2) criteria are at http://www.delta-esourcing.com/delta/project/reasonsForExclusion.html#pcr.

Candidates will be required to answer these questions as part of the qualification process. For candidates who are registered overseas, you will need to declare if you have any offences/misconduct under your own countries laws, where these laws are equivalent to the Regulation 23 lists.
Candidates who have been convicted of any of the offences under Article 45(1) are ineligible and will not be selected to bid, unless there are overriding requirements in the general interest for doing so.
Candidates who are guilty of any of the offences, circumstances or misconduct under Article 45(2) may be excluded from being selected to bid at the discretion of the Authority.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: All prospective suppliers who express an interest in our requirement will be required to complete a pre-qualification questionnaire.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
All prospective suppliers who express an interest in our requirement will be required to complete a pre-qualification questionnaire.
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

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure

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

Envisaged minimum number 4: and maximum number 6
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: All prospective suppliers who express an interest in our requirement will be required to complete a pre-qualification questionnaire.
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:

RT293
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

2.11.2012 – 12:00
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
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information

GO reference: GO-2012101-PRO-4287033.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Nursing and Midwifery Council
23 Portland Place
W1B 1PZ London
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: Dhar.grewal@nmc-uk.org
Telephone: +44 2076815486

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:

1.10.2012