Review of Pathology and Mortuary Services – Request for Quotation

Specification brief for suitable consultants to undertake a review of mortuary, pathology and associated services across the region.

Contract summary

Industry

  • Business analysis consultancy services – 72221000
  • Research and development services and related consultancy services – 73000000
  • Pathology services – 85111800

Location of contract

B69 3DB

Value of contract

Published date

18 June 2019

Closing date

16 July 2019

Contract start date

01 August 2019

Contract end date

30 November 2019

Contract is suitable for SMEs?

No

Contract is suitable for VCSEs?

No

 

Description

Review of Pathology and Mortuary Services

The majority of the West Midlands metropolitan area (six of the seven local authorities) is covered by two coronial jurisdictions: Birmingham and Solihull, and the Black Country (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton). From a combined population of around two million, in 2017 there were around 20,000 deaths across the two areas, of which around 50% were referred to the respective Coroners. Consideration of the causes of death is a significant business that includes a number of key services:

• Storage of bodies.
• Movement of bodies between mortuary/pathology facilities and funeral homes.
• Undertaking autopsies (digital and invasive).
• Undertaking histology and toxicology tests.
• General enquiry, investigation and inquest.

With public sector budgets under increasing pressure, and a drive for increasing professionalism, innovation and efficiency. In line with this, the Chief Coroner has also articulated an aspiration for the regionalisation of some support services:

The ideal solution would be, over time, for all pathology services to become regionalised in centres of excellence where body storage, conventional pathology and imaging can take place. This would provide resilience, introduce efficiency and improve the quality of the service to coroners.

This goal corresponds with the ambition of the two West Midlands coronial areas. To facilitate this, this paper provides a specification brief for suitable consultants to undertake a review of mortuary, pathology and associated services across the region, the primary objective of which will be to make independent recommendations about the optimum operating model for their long-term delivery over the next ten to twenty years.

The estimated budget is £35,000.00 to £45,000.00 and the duration of this project will be 3 to 4 months. However, this information is intended to assist with the preparation of your bid. The Council does not bind itself to this or any other figure and is not a guarantee of business which may be generated from this contract.

The Council will be using the In-tend e-Tendering System for this Procurement exercise, please visit https://in-tendhost.co.uk/sandwellmbc to access the Sandwell MBC In-tend Supplier Portal.

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About the buyer

Contact name

Michelle Hackwood

Address

Freeth Street
Oldbury
West Midlands
B69 3DB
United Kingdom

Telephone

0121 569 2873

Email

michelle_hackwood@sandwell.gov.uk

 

Other information

Attachments

Additional information on how to apply for this contract

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The Council will be using the In-tend e-Tendering System for this Procurement exercise, please visit https://in-tendhost.co.uk/sandwellmbc to access the Sandwell MBC In-tend Supplier Portal.

From here you will be able to register your company, express an interest in the opportunity, and gain immediate access to the Quotation document or other related documents.

Is a Recurrent Procurement Type? : No

 

How to apply

Please apply directly to the buyer using the contact details provided, or follow the instructions given in the notice description or information section.