Description of the goods or services required
Hertfordshire County Council (the “Council”) is a large shire county in the south-east of England with a population of 1.2 million. Hertfordshire is a two-tier authority with 10 district and borough councils providing complementary local services to residents. The Council” provides social care for adults and children, schools and education, public libraries, public health (since April 2013), highway and road maintenance, environmental services, trading standards and household waste sites as well as a fire and rescue service.
The Council prides itself in being a learning organisation, offering a range of CPD opportunities to employees. In 2020, to run alongside a number of other qualifying programmes, The Council intends to introduce the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship, with required option of the Learning Disability pathway. The Registered Nurse Degree is a practice-based route into Community Learning Disability Nursing that pays trainees a wage while they attend training for the degree.
Current Position and Scope
The Council are seeking training and education Providers who are NMC approved to deliver the Registered Nurse Degree for a number of chosen employees from Adults Care Services. This will be funded through the Apprenticeship Levy.
Current Project Brief
The Council intends to identify one to two employees, from Adults Care to enrol on the Registered Nurse Degree with the option of the Learning Disability Pathway in 2020. The Council is looking for Providers who have created innovative programmes for the Registered Nurse Degree. It is hoped that the chosen provider will have a programme which is flexible, creative and responsive to the local authority’s needs.
This brief is being used as an outline to engage with the market so the Council can discuss the opportunity with potentially interested organisations.
It is anticipated that the selected Providers would be required to work collaboratively with the Council to continually assess and support the Council’s apprentices in gaining their Registered Nurse qualification.
The indicative timetable
The Council publishes a PIN in the OJEU / Pipeline Notice
on Contracts Finder portal setting out its purchasing intentions Thursday 1st August 2019
Deadline for Queries Thursday 8th August 2019
Return of Supplier Questionnaires Thursday 15th August 2019
Individual Supplier Meetings TBC
Participation or non-participation in this pre-procurement market engagement shall not prevent any provider participating in a potential procurement process nor is it intended that any information supplied shall place any Provider at an advantage in any forthcoming procurement process.