Support for the Principal Social Workers Networks in England

Support for the Principal Social Workers Networks in England

We now wish to manage an open competition for a supplier to maintain and continue the support to these networks.

United Kingdom-London: Services furnished by business organisations

2018/S 133-303066

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Department of Health and Social Care
39 Victoria Street
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 2072104850
NUTS code: UK
Internet address(es):Main address:

I.2)Information about joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Support for the Principal Social Workers Networks in England

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

Principal Social Workers (PSW) provide a key leadership role in Social Work. The Statutory Guidance to the Care Act (2014) established their role formally. The Department has provided support to the network of PSW since 2014.

We now wish to manage an open competition for a supplier to maintain and continue the support to these networks.

The contract will provide management of the PSW networks for both Adults and Children and Family social work, offering administrative and operational support to the network and its chairs and to coordinate meetings and conferences.

The contract includes a website to host resources and best practice guidance, proving a members’ area for Principle Social Workers. For DHSC work also includes providing a certification process for our Assessed and Supported Year of Employment (ASYE) programme for newly qualified social workers (NQSWs).

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 232 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)


II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

There are 4 specific services that are included within this Contract. The successful supplier will be required to:

— maintain a Website for publications that were commissioned by Government and others in the sector,

— host the Principal Social Worker (PSW) Network (Adults),

— host the Principal Social Worker Network (PSW) (Children and Families),

— provide Certification services of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) (adults) on behalf of the Department for Health and Social Care.

Additional deliverable (this will be invoked if required): Extension of professional support to include development of Principal Social Workers. This potential requirement set out below covers Child and Family Social Workers (PCFSW) but may also be extended to include a similar service for Adults Social Workers which would be funded by the Department of Health and Social Care.

The estimated value of the Core Deliverables of the Contract is 162 000 GBP. There is a possibility of an additional deliverable to be delivered later in the contract with an estimated value of 70 000 GBP and will be invoked if required. This deliverable is detailed within the specification. Please note that the pricing schedule does not include the additional deliverable and should only reflect the core deliverables.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 232 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Start: 05/10/2018
End: 05/10/2020
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

II.2.14)Additional information

DHSC expressly reserves the rights:

(i) to cancel this tendering process at any stage;

(ii) not to award any framework or contract as a result of the tendering process commenced by publication of this notice; and

(iii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of this tendering process.

In no circumstances will DHSC be liable for any costs incurred by bidders.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 10/08/2018
Local time: 15:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:


IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 4 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 31/07/2018
Local time: 15:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic ordering will be used
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

High Court
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: