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United Kingdom-Newcastle upon Tyne: Procurement consultancy services
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
NHS Supply Chain Future Operating Model — Category Towers Procurement Services.
A current contract between the Authority and its incumbent provider (which trades as ‘NHS Supply Chain’) relating to the procurement and supply chain of goods in the NHS is due to expire on 30 September 2018. As part of the Future Operating Model the Authority is seeking to award ten (10) contracts for the provision of procurement services for each of the defined Category Towers. The procurement for these contracts will be conducted in two (2) Tranches, as detailed in the Invitation to Compete (‘ITC’), a copy of which can be obtained from the e-Sourcing Portal as described below or the Government Contracts Finder.
Each contract will be for an initial thirty six month (36) period (excluding the implementation period) and may be extended for up to two additional twelve (12) month periods, subject to meeting the relevant criteria set out in the contract. The total operative period of the contract, following implementation, shall not exceed sixty (60) months.
As per Regulation 46(4), the Authority is including a limitation on the number of Lots that any one Potential Provider can be awarded; please refer to the Evaluation Guidance — Attachment 4, Section 7 of the ITC.
Ward Based Consumables
Main site within the UK can be determined by the awarded supplier bearing in mind the service will require attendance at NHS sites across the country from time to time.
Please refer to the ITC suite of documents.
Please refer to the Evaluation Guidance — Attachment 4 of the ITC.
Sterile Intervention Equipment and Associated Consumables
Infection Control and Wound Care
Orthopaedics, Trauma and Spine, Ophthalmology
Rehabilitation, Disable Services, Womans Health and Associated Consumables
Cardio-vascular, Radiology, Audiology and Pain Management
Large Diagnostic Capital Devices incl. Mobile and Consumables
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
As stated in the ITC suite of documents.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
The contracts resulting from this procurement will be executed by the NHS Business Services Authority (‘the Authority’). This procurement is being run by the Department of Health on behalf of the Authority.
The cost estimates provided in Sections II.1.5 and II.2.6 is the maximum sum available based on performance across a sixty (60) month contract term including both twelve (12) month extensions.
The Authority is publishing the ITC and the draft contract through its e-Sourcing Portal with this notice. However, it reserves the right to reissue these documents with any refinements to the ITC at the commencement of the Award Phase (as defined in the ITC).
Any questions regarding this notice must be sent to the Authority using the Clarification Question Submission Template provided within the ITC and sent to CategoryTowers@dh.gsi.gov.uk. All questions must be received by the deadline for receipt of clarifications as stated in the ITC. Responses to non-commercially sensitive questions will be shared by the Authority to potential providers using the Authority's e-Sourcing Portal.
This procurement exercise will be completed via the Department of Health's e-Sourcing Portal. Potential providers should visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health/about/procurement
to register on the e-Sourcing Portal and download instructions on how to respond to this opportunity. The e-Sourcing Portal will contain the ITC and all the procurement documentation to download.
All final responses must be submitted using the e-Sourcing Portal. The e-Sourcing Portal reference number for this exercise is EOI60349
If you require assistance, please contact the Supplier Helpdesk on +44 1132545777 or email@example.com. This helpdesk is available from 10:00 to 16:00, Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays.
This procurement exercise is being conducted in two Tranches as described in the ITC. The deadline specified in IV2.2 is the deadline for submission of Selection Documentation as defined in the ITC in relation to Tranche 1. The deadline for submission of Selection Documentation in relation to Tranche 2 is 19.6.2017 at 15:00 as set out in the ITC.
Please note that the contract duration specified in II.2.7 includes both of the 12 month optional extensions, but does not include the implementation period.
Please note that the Authority is in the process of changing its e-tendering system and may change the e-sourcing tool during this procurement. The Authority will try to minimise the impact this will have on the procurement and all potential providers will be kept informed of any changes.
The Authority reserves the right to terminate the procurement process (or part of it), to change the basis of and the procedures for the procurement process at any time, or to procure the subject matter of the contract(s) by alternative means if it appears that it can be more advantageously procured by alternative means. The Authority may, at its sole discretion, modify the ITC (including any part of it) by amendments in writing, including extending the deadline for receipt of tender responses.
Tenders and all supporting documentation for the contract must be priced in sterling and written in English. Any agreement entered into will be considered a contract made in England according to English law and will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.
In accordance with the Government's policies on transparency, potential providers should note that the Authority intends to publish the ITC suite of documents on Contacts Finder.
The Authority also intends to publish any contract awarded, subject to possible redactions at the discretion of the Authority. Further information on transparency can be found at: http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/guidance-transparency
The costs of responding to the ITC and participation in the procurement will be borne by each applicant.
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 provide remedies under statute for aggrieved parties.