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United Kingdom-Normanton: Gynaecological hospital services
Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Obstetric, Maternity and Gynaecological Sundries
The Framework Agreement will look to include the following range of products — obstetric products and accessories, maternity products and accessories, gynaecological products and accessories and rental of birthing pools.
It is anticipated that the initial expenditure for Lots 1, 2 and 3 will be in the region of 10 000 000 GBP in the first year of this Framework Agreement, however this is approximate only and the values may vary depending on the requirements of those bodies purchasing under the Framework Agreement. The estimated value over the total Framework Agreement term for Lots 1, 2 and 3 is in the region of 40 000 000 GBP. Lot 4 is new, so with have no values to record and we are looking to gather more information at this point.
Maternity Products and Accessories
Various locations thought the UK.
Should include but not limited to: birthing pool accessories, birthing balls, tape measures, foetal dopplers, baby changing mats, nursing cushions.
Precise quantities are unknown. It is anticipated that initial expenditure will be in the region of 500 000 GBP to 1 000 000 GBP in the first year of this Framework Agreement, however this is approximate only and the values may vary depending on the requirements of those bodies purchasing under the Framework Agreement.
Obstetric Products and Accessories
Should include but not limited to: umbilical clamps, umbilical catheters, foetal blood sampling kits, silver nitrate caustic pencils, circumcision devices, midwifery/district nurse bags.
Precise quantities are unknown. It is anticipated that initial expenditure will be in the region of 5 000 000 GBP to 5 500 000 GBP in the first year of this Framework Agreement, however this is approximate only and the values may vary depending on the requirements of those bodies purchasing under the Framework Agreement.
Should include but not limited to: various plastic disposable single use instruments such as advanced and optimum vaginal speculums, cervical cell collection brushes, spatulas and applicators, coil removal, long handled scissors, sponge holders, thread retriever for use in IUD's curettes, dilators, amniotic hooks, uterine manipulator, catheters, specimen cups. Assisted reproduction products such as oocyte aspiration filter sets, embryo transfer catheter sets and ICSI, holding pipettes. Collection set for termination of pregnancy, modesty blankets, vacuum assisted devices for both vaginal and caesarean deliveries, fluid collection canisters, perineal massage gel, vaginal moisturiser, sanitary towels or tampons, gynaecological tests for bacterial vaginosis and the detection of amniotic fluid. Rehabilitation devices to aid pelvic floor muscles and also to treat vaginismus, vulval disease and pelvic pain.
Precise quantities are unknown. It is anticipated that initial expenditure will be in the region of 3 000 000 GBP to 3 500 000 GBP in the first year of this Framework Agreement, however this is approximate only and the values may vary depending on the requirements of those bodies purchasing under the Framework Agreement.
Birthing Pool Rental
Precise quantities and initial expenditure are unknown for this lot, however there is an RFI attached to this Prior Information Notice and we are looking to gather more information at this point.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
The following certification will be a requirement of the upcoming tender exercise and applicants will be required to include evidence of this with their tender submission.
— ISO 9001:2015 or equivalent externally accredited and up-to-date quality standard certificate(s) to cover all segments of the Applicant's (and the product's) supply chain. This should include but not be limited to manufacturing storage and distribution. Further information in respect of certification requirements will be set out in the notice for the forthcoming procurement. If such certificates are not in the name of the applicant then the applicant must supply a copy of agreements setting out the authority and responsibilities of all parties in the supply chain.
The purpose of this notice is to draw attention to a procurement that NHS Supply Chain intends to commence during the subsequent 12 months. The invitation to tender will be the subject of a separate notice and it is that notice to which potential suppliers will need to respond at the appropriate time.
Whilst it is anticipated that initial expenditure under any forthcoming procurement will be in the region of 35 000 000 GBP to 40 000 000 GBP for this contract award, this is approximate only and the values will be to such level as those purchasing under the Framework Agreement consider necessary to provide suitable requirements.
NHS Supply Chain expects to provide successful suppliers with the opportunity to offer additional savings to customers through the provision of discounted pricing, value added offerings and commitment/bulk buy initiatives.
NHS Supply Chain intends to enter into arrangements under which it will be entitled to purchase supplies and/or services which it will make available for purchase by:
1) Any NHS Trust;
2) Any other NHS entity;
3) Any government department, agency or other statutory body and/or;
4) Any private sector entity active in the UK healthcare sector. Only NHS Supply Chain can order from the Framework Agreement and enter into contracts under it.
The supplier will be required to report to and pay a direct contract management fee to NHS Supply Chain as detailed in the tender documents.
NHS Supply Chain is currently considering the use of lots for this procurement. However, it reserves the right not to as part of any future tender process. Further information in respect of the lot strategy will be set out in the notice for the forthcoming procurement
As part of its pre-tender strategy, NHS Supply Chain would also like to engage with suppliers of these products via a Request for Information (RFI). If you would like to complete the Request for Information document in respect of the products which are the subject of this procurement then please follow the below instructions;
Candidates wishing to complete the Request for Information must register their expression of interest. The Request for Information document will then be sent via the Intenda Messaging Centre.
1) Use URL http://procurement.supplychain.nhs.uk/ISS/ to access the NHS Supply Chain Procurement portal;
2) If not yet registered:
— click on the ‘Not Registered Yet’ link to access the registration page,
— complete the registration pages as guided by the mini guide found on the landing page.
If registration has been completed:
— login with URL http://procurement.supplychain.nhs.uk/ISS/
— click on the “Applicant Dashboard” icon to open the list of new procurement events.
Expression of interest:
— view PIN content by clicking on the “View Notice” button for the procurement event. This opens a PDF document,
— express an interest by clicking on the “Express Interest” button.
Request for information document:
— the Request for Information Document will then be sent to you via the Intenda Messaging Centre,
— applicants will then have 4 weeks from the dispatch of this notice to complete and return the Request for Information document.