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27/05/2015    S100

United Kingdom-Leicester: Services provided by medical laboratories

2015/S 100-182567

Prior information notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Official name: ESPO on behlaf of Public Health England (PHE)
Postal address: Barnsdale Way, Grove Park, Enderby
Town: Leicester
Postal code: LE19 1ES
Country: United Kingdom
For the attention of: Mr Steve Burton
E-mail: tenders@espo.org
Telephone: +44 1162657857

Further information can be obtained from:
Official name: ESPO
Postal address: In order to express an interest in tendering for this opportunity and obtaining tender documents and/or requesting any further information, please see details below and please ensure you refer to instructions and guidance available: (a) Go to www.eastmidstenders.org, (b) If you are not already registered) Register your company by selecting the ‘Register' box on the top of the home page, (c) Once registered visit the home page and search for the tender ‘3173_15 HIV sampling, testing and reporting service' by selecting ‘View Opportunities', (d) Express an interest by selecting the ‘Register Interest' box at the bottom of the screen. You should receive a notification email confirming your expression of interest, (e) Once fully registered, you should download the tender from the website, (f) If you have any query regarding the content or require further information, please use the discussion tools provided within the website. If you experience any problems with registration or expression of interest, please refer any queries on Portal operation to support@due-north.com or telephone +44 1670597136

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity
Health
Other: Local Authority Services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
3173_15 HIV sampling, testing and reporting service.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 25: Health and social services

NUTS code UK UNITED KINGDOM

II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
Public Health England (PHE) is seeking to establish a national (England) framework agreement with a single organisation to provide HIV self-sampling services for most at risk populations predominantly being Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and Black Africans. The framework will be available for use by all local authorities with public health responsibilities (of which there are 170 in England) but such use will not be mandatory.
The service will be jointly commissioned by individual local authorities and PHE, and the appointed supplier will provide the following services:
User Interface and Access requirements:
Undertake focussed marketing (e.g. search engine optimisation) and wider advertising to MSM and Black African high-risk populations. All activities will complement campaigns promoting testing for HIV, commissioned nationally (i.e. HIV Prevention England), regionally (e.g. London HIV Prevention Programme) and locally.
Design, host and manage a secure and accessible user-friendly interface that facilitates remote HIV self-sampling and ordering of a kit without the need to see a healthcare practitioner.
Signpost individuals residing outside of the commissioning localities to alternative sexual health and contraceptive services.
Provide information in formats which inform and support service user decision-making.
Kit Order Fulfilment requirements:
Collate adequate service user information to facilitate remote HIV-sampling, pathology, positive and negative results notification, recall and repeat testing.
Fulfil HIV self-sampling kit orders free of charge to the service user.
Supply self-sampling kits containing: in-date fully licensed blood spot or oral swab consumables (depending on the service user's choice); easy-to-read instructions; sexual health promotion messaging and service information leaflets; a branded microbiology form and a prepaid postage return envelope.
Pathology requirements:
Screen returned samples for HIV using a validated technique.
Confirm negative results for HIV infection.
Results Management requirements:
Return test results to the service user and to the contracted clinically competent supplier (using agreed communication methods).
Signpost negative results to an appropriate local sexual health service (at service user's choice of location).
Refer reactive results to trained and clinically competent advisory services.
Refer service users for confirmatory testing to an appropriate HIV and sexual health service (of service user's choice).
Adhere to standard operating procedures relating (but not limited) to safeguarding, child protection, and to referrals to A&E and sexual assault services.
Management Information requirements:
Provide information and data for contract monitoring, invoicing and evaluation of the service.
Provide monthly management information at lower-tier local authority level to associate local authorities, to include:
a. Number of first and follow-up service users ordering a HIV sampling kit and how they ordered;
b. Service user demography, sexual orientation and ethnicity;
c. Number of HIV samples returned and processed;
d. Number of reactive samples;
e. Number of referrals of individuals with reactive results to sexual health services;
f. Percentage of reactive service users attending their chosen sexual health service (as confirmed by the service).
In order to express an interest in tendering for this opportunity and obtaining tender documents and/or requesting any further information, please see details below and please ensure you refer to instructions and guidance available: (a) Go to www.eastmidstenders.org, (b) If you are not already registered) Register your company by selecting the ‘Register' box on the top of the home page, (c) Once registered visit the home page and search for the tender ‘3173_15 HIV sampling, testing and reporting service' by selecting ‘View Opportunities', (d) Express an interest by selecting the ‘Register Interest' box at the bottom of the screen. You should receive a notification email confirming your expression of interest, (e) Once fully registered, you should download the tender from the website, (f) If you have any query regarding the content or require further information, please use the discussion tools provided within the website. If you experience any problems with registration or expression of interest, please refer any queries on Portal operation to support@due-north.com or telephone +44 1670597136.
A pre-tender soft-market test is to be conducted and managed by ESPO, in which all service providers interested in bidding for the contract are invited to participate. The market test will explore various aspects of the proposed framework agreement, to help inform the specification which will subsequently be put to market in a competitive tender exercise.
There are two components of the soft-market test, and service providers are invited to participate in either or both:
a. Market Testing Questionnaire: Please contact ESPO to obtain a copy of the questionnaire, returnable by email by Wednesday 17.6.2015.
b. Service Provider Briefing Meeting: To be held in London on Monday 8.6.2015, commencing 13:30. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the proposed framework, and to raise questions in private with commissioning organisations. For full details and to register to attend, please contact ESPO.
To register an interest and book a place in either or both of the above market engagement events, please contact Elina Birkava in ESPO's People and Communities team, at e.birkava@espo.org, or call Elina on +44 116 294 4162.
Note that participating in the market test is entirely optional and will have no impact upon organisations' subsequent eligibility to tender.
PHE anticipate that some 50 000 test kits will be issued per year. A three year framework agreement is proposed, plus an optional 12 month extension.

Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

85145000 Services provided by medical laboratories, 85148000 Medical analysis services, 71900000 Laboratory services, 75122000 Administrative healthcare services, 85100000 Health services, 85323000 Community health services, 79342100 Direct marketing services

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
20.7.2015
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.8)Additional information:

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
VI.2)Additional information:
The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:
22.5.2015