Tender for Fast-Track Mental Health Social Work Graduate Programme

Tender for Fast-Track Mental Health Social Work Graduate Programme

Provision of a fast-track programme to select and train high-calibre and ambitious graduates with leadership potential in the field of adult mental health social work.

United Kingdom-London: Education and training services

2019/S 171-417899

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
E-mail: Tena.Walker@dhsc.gov.uk
NUTS code: UK
Internet address(es):Main address: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/

I.2)Information about joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://dh.bravosolution.co.uk
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at: https://dh.bravosolution.co.uk

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


Fast-Track Mental Health Social Work Graduate Programme

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The Department of Health and Social Care (the Authority) is seeking the provision of a fast-track programme to select and train high-calibre and ambitious graduates with leadership potential in the field of adult mental health social work.

The purpose is during the two year programme is to:

To recruit and train a minimum of 100 adult mental health social workers (participants) per cohort

Provide mental health placements for a minimum of 100 participants.

Provide access to onwards employment in statutory mental health social work, placing participants into a career in mental health social work

Develop a pipeline of future leaders in mental health social work.

The Authority invites proposals from:

One contractor holding overall liability for all elements of the contract; or clear lead contractors for the key elements of the programme, for example: marketing and branding; performance reporting; managing third-party contractors; etc.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

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:

To find a provider that could adhere to the following requirements:

The Programme will be restricted to delivery in universities and statutory mental health providers across England.

The Programme will be accessible for participants across England and the Contractor shall have this in mind when organising participant work placements, employment, and facilitating classroom-based learning

The Contract will cover the delivery of two cohorts with the option to extend to deliver an additional third cohort.

The Contract will run for up to 6 financial years (2020-21 to 2025-26), subject to the decision to extend for the third cohort:

Minimum of 100 participants per cohort, with the option to expand this to a minimum of 160 participants per cohort. The expansion is subject to the confirmation of additional funding.

Graduate level entry, generally of 2:1 or higher, with a degree that does not qualify the participant to practice as a Social Worker.

Postgraduate diploma will be approved by Social Work England and both academic qualifications will be funded by the Contractor via the Contract charges and will be delivered with no charge to Participants.

Bursary funding will be available to all Year One participants of each cohort – funding is fixed at 17 200 GBP outside London and 19 100 GBP inside London.

Year One participants will be placed with providers of statutory mental health services in order to gain direct experience of working in NHS and social care settings.

Year Two participants will be employed by providers of statutory mental health services and will be supported by the employer/provider to undertake the ASYE.

Leadership training will be provided alongside the programme to enable participants to develop their personal leadership skills in mental health social work.

The full service description will be provided in the procurement documents.

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

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

Start: 01/04/2020
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

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
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
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: 29/11/2019
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:

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

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 02/09/2019
Local time: 23:59
Information about authorised persons and opening procedure:

Please contact tena.walker@dhsc.gov.uk for any further information about this opportunity.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Department of Heath & Social Care
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: