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United Kingdom-Liverpool: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Digital Capability for Health
Crown Commercial Service (CCS) as the Authority intends to put in place a Pan Government Collaborative Agreement for use by NHS Digital and other public sector health and social care bodies for the provision of digital outcomes and supporting services. The scope of the agreement will cover the following:
— digital development
— DevOps support
— data collection, processing and dissemination
— digital resource augmentation.
Lot 1: Agile Digital Outcomes
Crown Commercial Service, as the Authority, intends to put in place an agreement for the provision of digital capability for health for use by NHS Digital and other public sector health and social care bodies for the provision of digital outcomes and supporting services. The agreement is being developed with NHS Digital as the Operator, who requires digital capability to meet specific needs of the health and social care sector. NHS Digital requires suppliers to invest in understanding their specific organisational needs and to bespoke delivery of their services to meet requirements.
This framework will have a manageable number of suppliers (approximately 12 suppliers) with whom NHS Digital can develop strategic relationships over a sufficient period of time, to warrant up-front investment in framework level supplier agnostic competition, whilst maintaining effective and efficient competition at call-off.
The agreement will offer the following services:
— agile digital outcomes
— resource augmentation to supplement existing NHS Digital capability.
Call-off competitions under this framework will follow NHS Digital standard governance processes.
Typical digital development will follow Government Digital Service (GDS) life cycle: discovery, alpha, beta and so on, outlined in the government service design manual (https://www.gov.uk/service-manual).
Suppliers will deliver work using GDS agile methodologies.
Digital resource augmentation is required to supplement existing NHS Digital Capability and may be formed from NHS Digital and up to two other suppliers as ‘rainbow squads’.
The framework is intended to address the evolving technical ‘stacks’ associated within the different pillars of NHS Digital, including:
— platforms and infrastructure
— product development
— data services.
Suppliers will be able to apply to the framework using Bravo.
Lot 2: Digital Resource Augmentation (Time and Material Based Squads)
Crown Commercial Service, as the Authority, intends to put in place an agreement for the provision of digital capability for health for use by NHS Digital and other public sector health and social care bodies for the provision of digital outcomes and supporting services. The agreement is being developed with NHS Digital as the operator, who requires digital capability to meet specific needs of the health and social care sector. NHS Digital requires suppliers to invest in understanding their specific organisational needs and to bespoke delivery of their services to meet requirements.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
This prior information notice is to signal an intention to commence market engagement with those within the software application development market in order to raise supplier awareness of the framework, test supplier capability and resources to meet award criteria and to generate interest in the market.
Crown Commercial Service intends to hold a market engagement session during May 2020 with NHS Digital and suppliers interested in potentially bidding for the resulting commercial agreement. If you are interested in attending the market engagement session please express your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Your email must clearly state: the name of your organisation, and contact details for the individual(s) who will participating in the market engagement, along with the following details:
1) Organisation name
2) Contact name
3) Job title of contact (including responsibility within your organisation)
4) Contact phone number
5) Contact email
6) Organisation website link.
Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation that you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so.
The date in II.3) is the estimated date of publication, please refer to the CCS pipeline page https://www.crowncommercial.gov.uk/agreements/upcoming for updates and monitor Tenders Electronic Daily for the publication of the OJEU contract notice.
Please be advised that in preparation to participate in this competition for this framework that:
The cyber essentials scheme is mandatory for Central Government Contracts that involve handling personal information and providing certain ICT products and services. The Government is taking steps to further reduce the levels of cyber security risk in its supply chain through the Cyber Essentials scheme. The scheme defines a set of controls which, when properly implemented, will provide organisations with basic protection from the most prevalent forms of threat coming from the internet.
To participate in the procurement for the digital capability for health, bidders will be required to demonstrate that they comply with the technical requirements prescribed by cyber essentials for the services under and in connection with the procurement.
The bidder may be awarded a framework contract but shall not enter into any call off contracts with buyers until they are able to demonstrate to CCS that they meet the technical requirements prescribed by the cyber essentials scheme for services under and in connection with this procurement.
The service that arises from this framework will involve the supplier holding material that has been assigned a protective marking under the Government Security Classifications Scheme (April 2014) of Official. It will be a condition of this contract that this material must be protected. Baseline protection controls are defined in ISO27001:2013 and further defined by the security policy framework https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-security.
There is a potential need for a mix of outcomes and resource augmentation at the call-off level.