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United Kingdom-Leeds: Supply services of medical personnel
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
International Recruitment of General Practitioners (GPs) Framework Agreement.
NHS England General Practice Forward View (GPFV) committed 2 400 000 000 GBP of extra funding to General Practice. The GPFV aims to deliver an additional 5 000 medical practitioners (doctors) working in General Practice before April 2020. A key part of this is to recruit a proportion of the additional general medical practitioners (GPs) from overseas from Autumn 2017 to April 2020. It is currently anticipated that between 2 000 and 3 000 GPs may be recruited from overseas. This is an approximate number based on anticipated requirements. The actual number of GPs recruited through this potential framework agreement may be more or less than the anticipated number. To support this, NHS England is seeking to establish a Framework Agreement of International Recruitment service providers. Potential Providers will be required to deliver all of the services if appointed on to the resulting Framework Agreement:
At NHS premises (predominately General Practices) across England.
NHS England General Practice Forward View (GPFV) committed 2 400 000 000 GBP of extra funding to General Practice. In terms of workforce, the FYFV aims to deliver an additional 5 000 medical practitioners (doctors) working in General Practice before April 2020.
A key part of the GPFV is to recruit a proportion of the additional 5 000 general medical practitioners (GPs) from overseas from Autumn 2017 through to April 2020. It is currently anticipated that between 2 000 and 3 000 of those 5 000 GPs may be recruited from overseas. This is an approximate number based on anticipated requirements. The actual number of GPs recruited through this potential framework agreement may be more or less than the anticipated 2 000 to 3 000.
To support this, NHS England is seeking to establish a Framework Agreement of International Recruitment service providers.
Potential Providers will be required to deliver all of the following services if appointed on to the resulting Framework Agreement:
— Recruitment Services (including: identification and sourcing of candidates, leading recruitment campaigns, visa/immigration screening and interviewing of candidates, pre-employment screening, basic induction).
— Non-clinical training Services (including off-shore and residential on-shore within England).
— Relocation Services.
Potential Providers seeking to be appointed on to the Framework Agreement must have the ability to deliver all of the services, either directly through their own organisation or via the support of sub-contracting/supply chain arrangements. Bids from Single Bidding Entities, Consortia (Group of Economic Operators) and/or Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) are permitted.
A full description of the requirements are provided within Document 2: Statement of Requirements within the Invitation To Tender (ITT) documentation associated with this opportunity, which is available via https://nhsengland.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.html
Subject to NHS England policy and strategy in 2020, this framework agreement may be renewed by a [period of up to twelve (12) months at the option of NHS England.
Option on the part of NHS England to renew the Framework, as described above.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Potential Providers are required to declare within their response to the Selection Questionnaire Questions established for this procurement exercise (Document 4 of the Invitation to Tender) of:
1. Registration with the appropriate professional or trade register(s) in the member state;
2. Legal requirement to provide the services specified in this procurement exercise.
This procurement exercise will be conducted via the Authority's e-tendering portal (https://nhsengland.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.html). There will be no hard-copy documents issued to Potential Providers and all communications between Potential Providers and the Authority, including tender submissions will be through the e-tendering portal.
Section IV: Procedure
Electronic auctions will not be used in the procurement exercise to establish the Framework Agreement.
Electronic auctions may be undertaken by Participating Authorities accessing the resulting Framework Agreements, when establishing individual Call-Off Contracts.
To be submitted via https://nhsengland.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.html
Section VI: Complementary information
This procurement is being conducted by NHS England on behalf of itself and those contracting authorities which are listed within each of the groupings set out on the internet pages accessible via the following links (together with any future successors to those contracting authorities), any or all of whom may wish to procure services from a provider or providers through this framework:
— NHS England Area Teams:
— National Health Service Clinical Commissioning Groups in England:
— National Health Service Trusts and Foundation Trusts in England:
— National Health Service Mental Health Trusts in England:
— NHS Care Trusts in England:
— Those National Health Service bodies in England which are Special Health Authorities:
— Other National Health Service bodies:
— NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA):
— Arm's Length Bodies:
— And any other provider of primary medical services:
(a) who are a party to any of the following contracts:
— General Medical Services (GMS),
— Personal Medical Services (PMS),
— Alternative Provider Medical Services (APMS) and/or
(b) Commissioned by NHS England or other organisations involved in commissioning or overseeing General Practitioner services, as described above.
— Social Enterprises:
— Local Authorities:
Potential Providers should note that in accordance with the UK Government's policies on transparency, the Authority intends to publish the Invitation to Tender (ITT) document and any text of any Framework Agreement awarded, subject to possible redactions at the discretion of the Authority. The terms of the Framework Agreement will also permit a Participating Authority, awarding a contract under this Framework Agreement, to publish the text of that contract, subject to possible redactions at the discretion of the Participating Authority. Further information on transparency can be found at:
The Authority expressly reserves the right (i) not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; and (ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the procurement exercise; and in no circumstances will the Authority be liable for any costs incurred by candidates. If the Authority decides to enter in to a Framework Agreement with a successful provider, this does not mean that there is any guarantee of subsequent contracts being awarded pursuant to it. Any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to contract award is accordingly a matter solely for the commercial judgement of Potential Providers.
Any orders placed under this Framework Agreement will form a separate contract under the scope of this Framework between the Supplier and the specific requesting Participating Authority. The Authority and other Participating Authorities utilising the Framework reserve the right to use any electronic portal during the life of the agreement.
The duration referred to in Section II 2.7) is for the placing of orders.
The value provided in Section II 2.6) is only an estimate. The Authority cannot guarantee to Suppliers any business through this Framework Agreement.
The Authority will incorporate a standstill period at the point information about the actual award of the contract is communicated to tenderers.
That notification will provide information on the award decision. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of Ten (10) calendar days, provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into. The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (as amended) provide remedies under statute for aggrieved parties.