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Notice Summary

Title: UK-Southampton: HR Investigators (SHORT DEADLINE)
Document Ref: GB003ZM304362
Published By: Solent Nhs Trust
Document Source:  Lower Value Tender
Date Published: 31 July 2019
Deadline Date: 05 August 2019
Document Type: Contract Notice - Other

Notice Abstract

Solent NHS Trust are currently exploring the local market for organisations who undertake employee relations investigations and we have identified your organisation as a potential supplier. In order to provide further context to our organisational needs, investigations for potential misconduct, grievances, and/or performance concerns are overseen by our HR Consultants. Presently, investigations are undertaken internally by managers, the appointment of whom is dependent on the specific nature of the investigation and the respective managers availability. This has and continues to present challenges specifically around the consistency and quality of investigations and to the length of time investigations take to conclude. Furthermore, recent NHS guidance and recommendations regarding improving people practices rightly emphasise a greater consideration to a people centred approach and to the health and wellbeing of all employees affected in formal matters coupled with a need for complete independence and objectivity throughout the investigation and potential disciplinary procedure. This in turn will now provide greater assurance to our Board that matters are being conducted in accordance with best practice. We are therefore assessing the market to understand how external investigators may be able to support us over the next 12-18 months in improving the quality of investigations , reducing the time investigations take and ensuring that we adhere to the new recommendations outlined by Baroness Dido Harding. If you are well versed and skilled in this area of Employee relations work, we would invite you to respond to the questions set out below that will assist us in shortlisting those that we feel are attuned to our requirements. We will then be inviting selected organisations to meet with us on Monday 12th August (time to be confirmed). We are seeking information from your organisation on the questions below by Monday 5th August 2019:- - Please detail any experience that you have of working to NHS and/or Local Authority policies and practices to support awareness of the governance around NHS practices. - Please provide a brief overview of your experience in managing complex investigations - Please provide detail of your approach to interviewing witnesses and how you consider the health and wellbeing of those involved in investigations - Please explain how you capture a reflection of the meetings you undertake - Please explain how you manage investigations so as to evidence that they are robust and 'ET ready' - Please explain how you measure your success Industry •Human resources management consultancy services - 79414000

Notice Details

CONTRACT NOTICE – NATIONAL

SERVICES

1 Authority Details

1.1

Authority Name and Address


Solent NHS Trust

N/A

Southampton


UK

N/A

N/A

sue.wareham1@solent.nhs.uk

N/A

1.2

Address from which documentation may be obtained

As in 1.1

1.3

Completed documents must be returned to:

As in 1.1

2 Contract Details

2.1

Title

HR Investigators (SHORT DEADLINE)

2.2

Description of the goods or services required

Solent NHS Trust are currently exploring the local market for organisations who undertake employee relations investigations and we have identified your organisation as a potential supplier.

In order to provide further context to our organisational needs, investigations for potential misconduct, grievances, and/or performance concerns are overseen by our HR Consultants. Presently, investigations are undertaken internally by managers, the appointment of whom is dependent on the specific nature of the investigation and the respective managers availability. This has and continues to present challenges specifically around the consistency and quality of investigations and to the length of time investigations take to conclude. Furthermore, recent NHS guidance and recommendations regarding improving people practices rightly emphasise a greater consideration to a people centred approach and to the health and wellbeing of all employees affected in formal matters coupled with a need for complete independence and objectivity throughout the investigation and potential disciplinary procedure. This in turn will now provide greater assurance to our Board that matters are being conducted in accordance with best practice.

We are therefore assessing the market to understand how external investigators may be able to support us over the next 12-18 months in improving the quality of investigations , reducing the time investigations take and ensuring that we adhere to the new recommendations outlined by Baroness Dido Harding. If you are well versed and skilled in this area of Employee relations work, we would invite you to respond to the questions set out below that will assist us in shortlisting those that we feel are attuned to our requirements. We will then be inviting selected organisations to meet with us on Monday 12th August (time to be confirmed).

We are seeking information from your organisation on the questions below by Monday 5th August 2019:-

- Please detail any experience that you have of working to NHS and/or Local Authority policies and practices to support awareness of the governance around NHS practices.

- Please provide a brief overview of your experience in managing complex investigations

- Please provide detail of your approach to interviewing witnesses and how you consider the health and wellbeing of those involved in investigations

- Please explain how you capture a reflection of the meetings you undertake

- Please explain how you manage investigations so as to evidence that they are robust and 'ET ready'

- Please explain how you measure your success

Industry

•Human resources management consultancy services - 79414000

2.3

Notice Coding and Classification

2.4

Total quantity or scope of tender

Location of contract South East

Value of contract £25k

Contract start date 02 September 2019

Contract end date 31 August 2020

3 Conditions for Participation

3.1

Minimum standards and qualification required

4 Administrative Information

4.1

Type of Procedure

The procedure type is unknown.

4.2

Reference number attributed to the notice by the contracting authority

n/a

4.3

Time Limits

   05-08-2019  Time 12:00

4.5

Language or languages in which tenders or requests to participate can be drawn up

EN 

4.6

Tender Submission Postbox

5 Other Information

5.1

Additional Information

Please visit the following portal to view this notice:

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/d57513d6-afe0-4ffa-be97-0109ddc3f242?p=@FQxUlRRPT0=NjJNT08=U

Closing date 05 August 2019

(MT Ref:304362)

5.2

Additional Documentation

5.3

Publication date of this notice

 31-07-2019