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United Kingdom-London: Probation services
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Probation Delivery Partner
The authority shall conduct this procurement in accordance with the ‘Light Touch Regime’. It includes a qualification stage and subsequent award stage comprising an invitation to tender, face to face meetings and best and final offers (BAFO). The authority reserves the right not to carry out the face to face meetings at its discretion.
The authority seeks suppliers to deliver high volume standardised interventions and rehabilitative services covering unpaid work, accredited programmes and other structured interventions in the areas of emotional management, domestic abuse and attitude, thinking and behaviours. Suppliers will work collaboratively with the National Probation Service improving quality and helping innovate in the delivery of the services. The contract will enable effective partnering with the flexibility to commission additional optional services outlined below.
Bidders may tender for multiple lots. Only 1 tender per lot is permitted (as a prime bidder or as part of a consortium). Bidders must not offer discounts for multi-lot offers. All lots must be tendered for separately. Award of lots will be subject to the lot award tool including the rules on market share and financial standing. See VI.3) below and the ITT for detail.
Probation Delivery Partner (North East)
II.2.4) Description of the procurement:
The response to the public consultation ‘Strengthening Probation Building Confidence’ was published on 16 May 2019 and outlines the new model for probation services in England and Wales:
O Responsibility for the management of all Service Users, whether low, medium or high-risk, will be held by the National Probation Service (NPS) in both England and Wales.
O Organisations will deliver interventions and rehabilitative services such as Unpaid Work (UPW), Accredited Programmes (APs) and other resettlement and rehabilitation activities. The Authority will procure those services via:
O A one-off procurement of Probation Delivery Partners (to be referred to as Suppliers) responsible for the delivery of APs, UPW and other structured interventions in the areas of emotional management, domestic abuse and attitude, thinking and behaviours, which is the subject of this OJEU Contract Notice
O A Dynamic Framework for the delivery of all other resettlement and rehabilitation services which the Authority intends to advertise and procure separately.
For this procurement, there will be twelve (12) newly formed regions, eleven (11) in England and one in Wales. Each region will have a Supplier to provide APs, UPW and other structured interventions in the areas of emotional management, domestic abuse and attitude, thinking and behaviours. Each Supplier will be expected to provide all services (as defined more particularly in the draft contract documentation), working closely with the NPS.
Mandatory/Core services: delivery of Building Better Relationships (BBR) and Thinking Skills Programme (TSP); delivery of Unpaid Work requirements; delivery of the following Accredited Programmes in areas where they are currently delivered: Resolve, Drink Impaired Drivers Programme (DIDP), Building Skills for Recovery (BSR), Breaking Free Online; design and delivery of structured interventions in the areas of emotional management, domestic abuse and attitudes, thinking and behaviours (ATB).
The Authority may from time to time request that the Supplier provide optional services. These include but are not limited to: designing, testing and delivering of new interventions (including working with the Authority to achieve accreditation of that new intervention); delivery of additional Accredited Programmes; delivery of additional structured interventions in the areas of emotional management, attitude, thinking and behaviours (ATB) and domestic abuse.
The services to be provided under this contract are classified as health, social and other services within Schedule 3 of the Public Contracts Regulations (PCR) 2015, therefore the Authority shall conduct this procurement in accordance with the “Light Touch Regime” (LTR). The procurement includes a qualification stage and subsequent award stage which include an Invitation to Tender, face to face meetings and Best and Final Offers (BAFO). The Authority reserves the right not to carry out the face to face meetings.
The Authority has conducted market engagement in relation to this procurement. To ensure fairness to all economic operators, the Authority will make available details of all information shared with the market via the eSourcing tool and has provided adequate timescales for SQ/tender submissions, and an extended clarification period.
There will be an initial term of five (5) years with up to six (6) possible extension periods (of six (6) months each) (i.e. a potential additional three (3) years).
Authority shall conduct this procurement in accordance with the ‘Light Touch Regime’. It includes a qualification stage and subsequent award stage comprising an invitation to tender, face to face meetings and best and final offers (BAFO). The authority reserves the right not to carry out the face to face meetings at its discretion.
Probation Delivery Partner (North West)
The Authority shall conduct this procurement in accordance with the “Light Touch Regime”. It includes a qualification stage, and subsequent award stage comprising an Invitation to Tender, face to face meetings and Best and Final Offers (BAFO). The Authority reserves the right not to carry out the face to face meetings at its discretion.
Probation Delivery Partner (Yorkshire & Humberside)
Yorkshire & Humberside
The Authority shall conduct this procurement in accordance with the “Light Touch Regime”. It includes a qualification stage, and subsequent award stage comprising an Invitation to Tender, face to face meetings and Best and Final Offers (BAFO). The Authority reserves the right not to carry out the face to face meetings at its discretion
Probation Delivery Partner (Wales)
Probation Delivery Partner (West Midlands)
Probation Delivery Partner (East Midlands)
Probation Delivery Partner (South West)
Probation Delivery Partner (South Central)
Probation Delivery Partner (East of England)
East of England
Probation Delivery Partner (London)
Probation Delivery Partner (Kent, Surrey & Sussex)
Kent, Surrey & Sussex
Probation Delivery Partner (Greater Manchester)
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents.
Contract performance conditions as stated in the procurement documents
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
The Authority is using its electronic procurement portal, for this procurement. Documents are available only in electronic form, located at https://ministryofjusticecommercial.bravosolution.co.uk (the "eSourcing tool”). To gain access to the sourcing event on Bravo, Bidders must register the names of all contacts requiring access to the sourcing event. The Authority will only communicate with Bidders via the eSourcing tool.
Bidders may tender for more than one lot. Only one tender per lot is permitted, i.e. per lot, a Bidder can bid either as prime bidder OR as part of a consortium. It is permissible to be named as a subcontractor on multiple tenders (from multiple Bidders) per lot.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Authority will award contracts based on the combined lowest price per quality point across lots, SUBJECT to the lot award tool, including the rules below on market share and financial standing. This results in the most economically advantageous position for the Authority on a national level, subject to these rules. There is a possibility therefore that a Bidder who provides the most economically advantageous tender for a single lot may not be awarded that lot if it would result in that Bidder failing the market share rule or if the Bidder could not comply with the financial standing rules. Accordingly, Bidders tendering for multiple lots will not have a choice over which lot they may be awarded.
Market Share Rule - The maximum a Bidder will be awarded as a lot or a combination of lots up to a maximum market share of 31 % as described in the ITT (subject to any exceptions set out in the ITT). The market share rule will be applied at a Bidder level and will be calculated as the total of:
a) market share of Bidder entity
b) market share of any entity in which the Bidder is a consortium member
c) market share of any entity in the same corporate group as a Bidder
Where a Bidder is a consortium comprising more than one entity and any one of those entities is also part of another Bidder, whether as a single entity or as part of another consortium, the rule is applied to the entity based on its shareholdings within each consortium. The proportionate share a Bidder holds in a consortium will be taken account of as part of the market share calculation.
Financial Standing Rule – Bidders must have the minimum capital requirements specified in the ITT for each individual lot they bid for. If Bidders bid for more than one lot, they must meet these requirements for each lot they will be awarded.
Successful SQ applicants will join the Qualification List, which addresses lot failure during the procurement. If a lot does not receive any suitable tenders, the Authority will lift the market share rule for the failed lot and will invite Bidders on the Qualification List who meet the financial standing rule, to submit proposals via a mini-competition for the failed lot(s) on the same or substantially similar basis as the main procurement. Further details on the Qualification List are detailed within the ITT.
Following contract award, all Suppliers will join a Contingency Panel. In the event of contract failure in one or more lots (a Failed Lot), the Authority may choose to invite the Suppliers on the Contingency Panel to participate in a mini-competition for the Failed Lot. Further details are set out in the ITT.
In accordance with the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, the Authority must consider: (a) how what is proposed to be procured might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the area where it exercises its functions, and (b) how in conducting the process of procurement it might act with a view to securing that improvement. Accordingly, the Authority has taken this into account when designing the procurement.