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Notice Summary

United Kingdom-Huntingdon: Integrated Contraception and Sexual Health (iCaSH) Clinical Laboratory Diagnostic Service
Document Ref:
Document Type:
Contract Notice - Competitive Dialogue
Published By:
NHS Shared Business Services
Date Published:
05 August 2019
Deadline Date:
30 August 2019
Document Source:
Alert Profile:

Notice Abstract

This contract is to cover the delivery of Integrated Contraception and Sexual Health (iCaSH) Clinical Laboratory Diagnostic Service to locations across the East of England.Total estimated annual contract value range:2 500 000 GBP — 4 200 000 GBP.

Notice Details

Contract notice

Directive 2014/24/EU - Public Sector Directive

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting Change entity

I.1) Name and addresses

NHS Shared Business Services

Kingfisher House, Kingfisher Way, Hinchingbrooke Business Park


PE29 6FH


Contact person: Andrew Moore

Telephone: +44 1480398500



Internet address(es)

Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.3) Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge at:

Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent electronically to:

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to the abovementioned address

I.4) Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.5) Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1) Scope of the procurement

II.1.1) Title

Provision of Integrated Contraception and Sexual Health (iCaSH) Clinical Laboratory Diagnostic Service

Reference number: SBS19-33

II.1.2) Main CPV code



II.1.3) Type of contract


II.1.4) Short description

This contract is to cover the delivery of Integrated Contraception and Sexual Health (iCaSH) Clinical Laboratory Diagnostic Service to locations across the East of England.

Total estimated annual contract value range:

2 500 000 GBP — 4 200 000 GBP.

II.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

II.2) Description

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)


II.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS code:


Main site or place of performance:

NUTS code: UKH.

II.2.4) Description of the procurement

Provision of Integrated Contraception & Sexual Health (iCaSH) Clinical Laboratory Diagnostic Service.

II.2.5) Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 84

This contract is subject to renewal: Yes

Description of renewals:

Initial contract period of 24 months. 2 periods of 24 month extensions available. The first period will be agreed by both parties prior to end of the initial period.

II.2.9) Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Envisaged number of candidates: 4

Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

See shortlisting criteria within selection questionnaire notes for completion.

II.2.10) Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: No

II.2.11) Information about options

Options: No

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1) Conditions for participation

III.1.1) Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

List and brief description of conditions:

See requirements of the selection questionnaire.

III.1.2) Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3) Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.2) Conditions related to the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

IV.1.1) Type of procedure

Competitive dialogue

IV.1.8) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

IV.2) Administrative information

IV.2.1) Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S:

2018/S 145-332163

IV.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 30/08/2019

Local time: 04:00

IV.2.3) Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

Date: 06/12/2019

IV.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted


IV.2.6) Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1) Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: No

VI.2) Information about electronic workflows

Electronic ordering will be used

Electronic invoicing will be accepted

Electronic payment will be used

VI.3) Additional information

Offers are invited, subject to the terms of this letter and also to the terms of offer, for the supply, in accordance with the NHS terms and conditions of contract of the goods/services detailed in the specification.

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, the contracting authority, is looking to award a contract for an iCaSH Clinical Laboratory Diagnostic Service.

The contract will identify a provider who shall provide a comprehensive clinical laboratory diagnostic service within an overall system of resilient pathology service provision that must, but not limited to, provide:

— meet the service needs of the designated contraception and sexual health services,

— act as an enabler for the delivery of clinical services across iCaSH,

— improve overall user and patient experience and optimise the patient journey, and

— improve clinical outcomes and streamline clinical pathways.

Clinical laboratory diagnostic services including:

(i) haematology;

(ii) biochemistry;

(iii) virology;

(iv) microbiology including bacteriology;

(v) immunology;

(vi) cytology with HPV testing where indicated, as per National Cervical Screening Programme guidelines;

(vii) histopathology.

Interested suppliers must first register on SourceDogg to access the selection questionnaire (SQ). The fixed and firm closing date for responses to the selection questionnaire is 16.00 30.8.2019.

Next steps to participate in further procurement stages:

As stated within the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, some of the draft invitation to tender (ITT) procurement documents have been made available. These have been made available in order for you have a greater understanding of the contract requirement and to make an informed decision as to whether or not you will continue with this process.

The selection questionnaire (SQ) is now available to be completed. A completed selection questionnaire needs to be submitted before 19.8.2019. Please only submit a selection questionnaire when you have reviewed the draft invitation to tender (ITT) procurement documents.

NHS Shared Business Services (SBS) is acting as the agent of the Contracting Authority. SBS does not bind itself or the contracting authority for which it acts as agent, to accept the lowest or any offer and reserves the right to accept an offer either in whole or in part, each item being for this purpose treated as offered separately.

SBS acting as the agent of the contracting authority reserves the right to award contracts for the supply of the goods/services described above and arising out of this procurement process to more than one contractor.

VI.4) Procedures for review

VI.4.1) Review body

NHS Shared Business Services

Kingfisher House


PE29 6FH


Telephone: +44 1480398500


Internet address(es)


VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice


Current Notes