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United Kingdom-Leicester: Health services
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
985_19 Occupational Health Services
ESPO is seeking to establish a Framework Agreement with a number of service providers for the provision of occupational health services. The framework will cover a range of services from general occupational health services to Employee Assistance Programmes such as pre-employment assessments, absence management, immunisation programmes, blood tests, vaccinations and confidential support and counselling.
An eAuction process may be used to award subsequent call off contracts following the reopening of competition among the parties to the Framework Agreement.
(a) go to www.eastmidstenders.org
(c) search for tender opportunity “985_19”;
d) express an interest;
(e) download the tender from the website.
General Occupational Health Services
This lot requires service providers to provide employers with a comprehensive range of occupational health services that will allow employers to support the health, safety and welfare of their employees in the working environment.
The following information is applicable to all lots: ESPO has established a commercial trading company, ESPO Trading Ltd, whose target clients are third sector organisations such as national and local charities, public sector mutual organisations and other organisations involved in the delivery of services to or for the public sector. The successful supplier may be asked to enter into an additional separate Framework Agreement (the Second Framework) with ESPO Trading Ltd on materially similar terms to that found in the tender pack to be entered into by ESPO itself. Any second Framework Agreement will be a purely commercial agreement and will, for the avoidance of doubt, not be governed by the Public Contract Regulations 2015 or other public procurement legislation. ESPO Trading Ltd may enter into the second Framework Agreement with the successful supplier and make it available to third sector clients who themselves are not required to follow the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 or other public procurement legislation. Accordingly, this is provided for bidders' information only.
The Framework Agreement has the option to extend for up to a further 24 months. The total estimated value stated in Section II.1.5) includes the option period.
This lot requires service providers to provide employers with a more specialised service for the NHS sector.
Blue Light Services
This lot requires service providers to provide employers with a more specialised service for the Blue Light sector.
Employee Assistance Programmes
This lot requires service providers to provide employers with a comprehensive range of employee assistance programme services that will allow employers to support the mental health, safety and welfare of their employees in the working environment.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
This contract will operate on-going contract monitoring procedures following award, to ensure financial stability requirements are maintained.
Credit rating checks will be carried out on a regular basis, using the credit rating agency, Creditsafe Business Solutions Ltd.
Any changes will be assessed (compared with a baseline credit rating score obtained at contract award stage) and significant changes or sustained degradation will be investigated.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
As a central purchasing body as defined by the EU Procurement Directive 2014/24/EU, the Framework Agreement is open for use by Public Bodies (defined at https://www.espo.org/ESPO/media/Documents/FAQs/ESPO-s_powers_to_trade__website_-2016-12-22.pdf) that also fall into one of the following classifications of user throughout all administrative regions of the UK:
— Local Authorities,
— Educational Establishments (including Academies),
— Central Government Departments and Agencies,
— Police, Fire and Rescue and Coastguard Emergency Services,
— NHS and HSC Bodies, including Ambulance Services,
— Registered Charities,
— Registered Social Landlords,
— The Corporate Office of the House of Lords, The Corporate Officer of the House of Commons, or
— any public body established by or under the Scotland Act 1998 or any Act of the Scottish Parliament.
Details of the classification of end user establishments and geographical areas are available at: http://www.espo.org/About-us-%281%29/FAQs/Legal
ESPO will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar days standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. Applicants who are unsuccessful shall be informed by ESPO as soon as possible after the decision has been made as to the reasons why the applicant was unsuccessful. If an appeal regarding the award of the contract has not been successfully resolved, The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2105 No 102) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take legal action. Any such action must be brought within the applicable limitation period. Where a contract has not been entered into, the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order for any document to be amended and may award damages, make a declaration of ineffectiveness, order for a fine to be paid, and/or order the duration of the contract be shortened. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow the parties to apply to the Courts to set aside the award decision before the contract is entered into.