Supplies - 443088-2015

17/12/2015    S244    - - Supplies - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

United Kingdom-Worcester: Health and social work services

2015/S 244-443088

Prior information notice

Supplies

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Worcestershire County Council
County Hall, Spetchley Road
Contact point(s): Contracts Team
WR52NP Worcester
United Kingdom
E-mail: tous@worcestershire.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://worcestershire.gov.uk/etendering

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity
General public 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:
Future Lives New Technology Innovation Partnership.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Supplies

NUTS code UKG12

II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
We are looking for businesses to enter into a partnership arrangement with Worcestershire County Council to research, develop, test and bring to the market innovative technology in care solutions that will achieve four main requirements:
— Improved outcomes for individuals in need of support to meet their social care needs;
— Savings for Worcestershire County Council by delivering social care in an efficient and more cost effective way enabling the council to meet the increasing demands from changing demographics;
— Enabling providers of social care to meet individual's needs in an efficient and cost effective way thus stabilising the social care market and enabling it to meet increasing demands;
— Financial viability for the partnership.
As part of our commitment to the Innovation Partnership we will:
— Help fund the development of innovative technology solutions where it is agreed they can help meet peoples social care needs in an effective and cost-efficient manner;
— Have approximately 2 000 000 GBP to invest in the development of innovative solutions where there is confidence of a return on investment;
— Provide an environment where these new technologies can be developed, tested and independently evaluated;
— Where it is agreed a product or service can provide a benefit, be a lead customer and provide marketing support to a wider market through our contacts etc. Having the backing of a large local authority and the evidence of it use within Worcestershire will be of considerable benefit for any product or service in becoming commercially successful.
Estimated cost excluding VAT: 2 000 000 GBP

Lots

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

85000000, 33196100, 33196200

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:
Procurement Specification for Innovation Partnership.
1) Background.
Within the UK, social care faces a range of challenges including greater demand from an ageing and increasingly frail population, reducing local authority funding and difficulties in recruiting and retaining qualified staff. Existing social care service models are creaking under the pressure and local authorities and health care organisations are looking for ways to do things differently.
The last few years has seen a surge in development of new systems that can either complement or replace the need for human intervention. These include assistive technologies such as intelligent monitoring and notification networks, self-care applications, and robotic aids. We are becoming increasingly aware of the possibilities the internet of things and cloud based computing offers to meet social care needs.
We want to be able take advantage of being able to capture and analyse data that comes from the sensors at the endpoints of the internet of things. This will enable us to gain an insight into things that were not previous visible to carers, social workers and health professionals, linking together people and services and creating a smart responsive network for individuals. We believe this will enable services to be provided and needs to be met in ways that challenge traditional forms of social care giving people more independence and enabling them to live their lives.
Technology alone cannot deliver a transformation in care provision but, when embedded in a wider package of care and new ways of working, the combined innovation can have a powerful impact on improving people's outcomes and reducing inequality. Technology has the power to radically transform the way we deliver social care by enabling all people to take a more active role in their own health and increase prevention through supported self-care.

Worcestershire County Council has been promoting the use of assistive technologies to meet low level needs for a number of years. These are now available direct to customers through our ‘Your Life Your Choice’ website (https://ylyc.worcestershire.gov.uk) and can be actively promoted by social work teams as an option for meeting people's needs, whether or not they are eligible for Council funding.

2) Innovation Partnership.
By taking advantage of new and emerging technology we have the opportunity to provide a modern model of continuous, coordinated care centred on the individual, with professionals acting in partnership with the individual to improve health and well-being. However, we recognise that it can be very difficult for suppliers to:
— Find the support and funding needed to test and demonstrate their projects;
— Bring innovative solutions and products to market;
— Engage with local authorities and clinical commissioning groups;
— Receive feedback and constructive criticism about their ideas.
We also recognise that engaging actively with a potential customer whilst researching, developing and testing a new solution is invaluable and can act as a ‘seal of approval’ and confirm the market potential for innovative new technology developments.
This Innovation Partnership opportunity is looking to develop innovative technology solutions and products that will enable social care needs to be met in an effective and efficient way. This project will aim to create a launchpad for suppliers and enable Worcestershire to steer the development of new solutions to meet its needs and for the people of Worcestershire to benefit from the innovation. It will create a unique process of involving the potential partners, commissioners, providers and the individuals that use services in the design cycle resulting in the establishment of integrated combinations of hardware and software, tailored to the needs of the individual.
2.1) Our Requirements.
We are looking for businesses to enter into a partnership arrangement with Worcestershire County Council to research, develop, test and bring to the market innovative technology in care solutions that will achieve four main requirements:
— Improved outcomes for individuals in need of support to meet their social care needs;
— Savings for Worcestershire County Council by delivering social care in an efficient and more cost effective way enabling the council to meet the increasing demands from changing demographics;
— Enabling providers of social care to meet individual's needs in an efficient and cost effective way thus stabilising the social care market and enabling it to meet increasing demands;
— Financial viability for the partnership.
2.2) Our Offer.
As part of our commitment to the Innovation Partnership we will:
— Help fund the development of innovative technology solutions where it is agreed they can help meet peoples social care needs in an effective and cost-efficient manner;
— Have approximately 2 000 000 GBP to invest in the development of innovative solutions where there is confidence of a return on investment;
— Provide an environment where these new technologies can be developed, tested and independently evaluated;
— Where it is agreed a product or service can provide a benefit, be a lead customer and provide marketing support to a wider market through our contacts etc. Having the backing of a large local authority and the evidence of it use within Worcestershire will be of considerable benefit for any product or service in becoming commercially successful.
2.3) Our Expectations.
We are not looking to procure a single product but a partnership that will lead to the development of innovative technology in care products and services. In doing so we expect partners to:
— Be flexible and responsive and able to respond quickly to changing needs;
— Propose innovative solutions that will challenge traditional models of care;
— Offer real benefit and make the internet of things for social care a reality;
— Have the capability to design and then manufacture products to meet safety standards etc. to enable it to be used in people's homes;
— Be prepared to enter into a commercial agreement with Worcestershire County Council that will include an agreement to share rewards and potential profits.
3) What do we mean by an Innovative Solution?
The aim of this opportunity is to stimulate the development of innovative new products, services and systems that can challenge traditional ways of meeting peoples' social care needs. This means the solutions developed have to be new to the technology to support health and social care market. Having Worcestershire County Council as a lead customer will help you shape your technology to fit a real need and gain more insight into the market.
Partners will be expected to develop proposals for their innovative ideas that focus on establishing technical and commercial feasibility. Ideas must offer a more effective and efficient way of meeting social care needs. The strength of the proposals will determine whether the project attracts funds to support the development and subsequent testing. We do not anticipate that all proposals will progress to this phase.
The ability of innovative products and solutions to deliver cost effective social care and a return on investment will enable us to reinvest all or some of these savings back into supporting the development and testing of more innovative ideas.
This is an excellent opportunity to establish an early customer for a new technology and to fund its development.
4) Expected Benefits from Innovation.
Worcestershire County Council has created this opportunity because it recognises the wide range of potential benefits that innovative technology in care can deliver. The aim is to develop technology that can achieve the some or all of the following benefits:
— Improved ability to self-care and reduced anxiety for service users' carers and family members;
— Reduced emergency attendances and hospital admissions;
— Reduced missed doses of medicines;
— Reduced reliance on visits or placements by providing care at or closer to home;
— Immediate notification of risky situations with the potential to Triage the escalation based on risk;
— Reduced reliance on carers, with carers gaining more independent lives;
— Reduced requirement for professional contact to gather routine information, through remote data gathering and analysis, with data results delivered to professionals for decision making;
— Enhanced privacy, confidentiality and security on data transfer to ensure compliance with rigorous standards;
— Improved data analysis to help motivation to behaviour change.
We expect this will lead to:
— Lower costs, meaning we spend less;
— Better service user experience and outcomes;
— Improved intervention ensuring that the right person responds at the right time for the right reason;
— More effective services that improve safety and outcomes.
5) Funding.
There is no guaranteed funding for the Innovation Partnership but we have initially set aside £2,000,000 to support the development of innovative solutions and this will be allocated on a business case basis.
We are committed to support businesses to take advantage of other funding opportunities to support the development of innovative solutions. We will help businesses to apply and/or jointly apply for funding opportunities.
We will support taking the technology to a potential market, as well as helping you establish the credibility you will need to attract further investment.
6) Bringing Ideas to Market.
For products and services generated from the project, we will be seeking a profit sharing agreement. Each business case will detail IPR and profit sharing arrangements.

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
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
In the 1st week of February we anticipate hosting an interactive webinar to give further details of the opportunities in relation to the Innovation Partnership and Dynamic Purchasing System for Innovative Technology Solutions for Social Care. Further details will be published nearer the time.
We anticipate advertising opportunities to participate in these procurements in February.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:
14.12.2015