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Notice Summary

United Kingdom-Bristol: Diabetic Eye Screening Programme
440778-2019
NHS England and NHS Improvement South (South West)
19 September 2019
27 September 2019
Prior information notice with call for competition
No

Notice Abstract

NHS England and NHS Improvement South (South West) (the Commissioner) seeks to commission a Diabetic eye screening programme service (DESP) for the populations of Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG). The Commissioners seeks interest from suitably qualified and experienced providers (including third sector and social enterprise organisations, private and NHS) to provide the NHS diabetic eye screening programme to patients living and registered in the identified geographies.

Notice Details

Prior information notice

This notice is a call for competition

Directive 2014/24/EU - Public Sector Directive

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting Change entity

I.1) Name and addresses

NHS England and NHS Improvement South (South West)

South Plaza

Bristol

BS1 3NX

UK

Contact person: Lisa Chivers

E-mail: lisachivers@nhs.net

NUTS: UKK

Internet address(es)

Main address: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/scwcsu/aspx/Home

I.3) Communication

Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address


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


I.4) Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5) Main activity

Health

Section II: Object

II.1) Scope of the procurement

II.1.1) Title

Diabetic Eye Screening Programme — Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG)

Reference number: WA10003

II.1.2) Main CPV code

85000000

 

II.1.3) Type of contract

Services

II.1.4) Short description

NHS England and NHS Improvement South (South West) (the Commissioner) seeks to commission a Diabetic eye screening programme service (DESP) for the populations of Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG). The Commissioners seeks interest from suitably qualified and experienced providers (including third sector and social enterprise organisations, private and NHS) to provide the NHS diabetic eye screening programme to patients living and registered in the identified geographies.

II.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 4 994 576.00 GBP

II.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

II.2) Description

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)

85100000

II.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS code:

UKK

UKK13

UKK11

UKK12

UKK23

II.2.4) Description of the procurement

NHS England and NHS Improvement South West seek to commission a diabetic eye screening programme to deliver screening to the eligible population of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. This requirement is due to unforeseen circumstances and notice served on the current service.

The eligible population of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire includes patients diagnosed with diabetes over the age of 12 registered with or eligible to be registered with a GP as well as individuals within prisons, secure units and the armed forces.

The aim of the diabetic eye screening programme is to reduce the risk of sight loss amongst people with diabetes by the prompt identification and effective treatment if necessary of sight threatening diabetic retinopathy. There are three key elements of service delivery namely:

— call/recall for all people with diabetes invited for routine digital screening — this is currently undertaken on an annual basis but is likely to reduce during the contract term in line with national guidance,

— digital surveillance where individuals need more frequent screening, and

— slit lamp biomicroscopy (SLB) for those individuals where normal photography is inappropriate e.g. those having cataracts.

The service will:

— identify the eligible population and work proactively to facilitate maximum uptake including targeting those least likely to engage,

— be evidence based and delivered in line with the national service specification for diabetic eye screening https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/public-health-national-service-specifications

— lead to earlier detection, appropriate referral, effective treatment and improved outcomes for patients,

— delivered by suitably trained, competent and qualified, clinical and non-clinical staff who participate in recognised ongoing continuous professional development (CPD) and quality assurance (QA) schemes,

— be safe, effective, of a high quality,

— be externally and independently monitored, and quality assured,

— have audit embedded in the service,

— work with other stakeholders to ensure the care pathway is smooth,

— proactively support an ‘Every contact counts’ approach for people with diabetes,

— plan for and introduce any changes to the national programme in partnership with the Commissioner.

The Commissioners seeks interest from suitably qualified and experienced providers (including third sector and social enterprise organisations, private and NHS) to provide the NHS diabetic eye screening programme to patients living and registered in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

The contract term will be 3 years with an option to extend for a further 12 months. The contract will commence on 14.2020.

The contract will be funded on a tariff basis (the tariff prices are quoted at the agreed 2019/20 prices).

— routine screening: 32,87 GBP per cycle,

— digital surveillance: 32,87 GBP per cycle,

— SLB: 43,15 GBP per cycle.

The estimated value of the initial 3 years is 3 745 932 GBP, although this may reduce with anticipated national changes to screening frequency during the contract term.

This PIN as a call for competition is initially published as a call for expressions of interest. The Commissioner may then choose to proceed to publish tender documents to parties who have responded to the notice and there shall be no further notice published. Any procurement will be based on an open procedure subject to the qualification in Section V1.3). Interested providers will be able to view the tender opportunity via the ‘current tenders’ list the In-Tend website. https://in-tendhost.co.uk/scwcsu/aspx/Home

In order to participate in this procurement providers will need to ‘express an interest’ and register on the system.

It is envisaged that the tender documentation for the procurement of services will be available 27.9.2019.

This procurement is being carried out by NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit on behalf of the Commissioner.

II.2.5) Award criteria

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

II.2.6) Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 4 994 576.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 48

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 IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

IV.1.1) Type of procedure

Restricted procedure

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

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: No

IV.2) Administrative information

IV.2.2) Time limit for receipt of expressions of interest

Date: 27/09/2019

Local time: 12:00

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

EN

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3) Additional information

Interested providers will be able to access the invitation to tender documents via the ‘current tenders’ list on the e-procurement portal (In-tend) https://in-tendhost.co.uk/scwcsu/aspx/Home

In order to submit a bid, you will need to register on the e-procurement portal and ‘express an interest’ and then complete all necessary questions as specified within the documents.

On registration, please include at least 2 contacts to allow for access to the portal in times of absence.

The services are healthcare services falling within Schedule 3 to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (‘the Regulations’) which are not subject to the full regime of the Regulations, but is instead governed by the ‘Light Touch Regime’ contained within Chapter 3, Section 7 of the Regulations (Regulations 74 to 77).

The tendering process will be conducted in accordance with the requirements and flexibilities provided by Articles 74 to 76 of the Directive, and Regulations 74 to 76 of the Regulations. The authority will run a transparent tender process, treating all bidders equally. For the avoidance of doubt, the authority will not be bound by the Regulations or the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union or any other regulations or legislation except for the specific parts or circumstances that apply to the procurement of these services.

Neither the inclusion of a bidder selection stage, nor the use of any language or terms found in the Directive or Regulations, nor the description of the procedure voluntarily adopted by the Authority (‘Open’, ‘Restricted’, ‘Competitive Procedure with Negotiation’, ‘Competitive Dialogue’ or any other description), nor any other indication, shall be taken to mean that the authority intends to hold itself bound by the Directive or Regulations, save by the provisions applicable to services coming within the scope of Annex XIV of the Directive/Schedule 3 of the Regulations.

The contracting authority intends to voluntarily observe the award decision notices provisions and 10 day standstill period described in Regulation 86 of the Regulations. Unsuccessful bidders will receive scores and reasons for the decision, including the characteristics and relative advantages of the winning bid and the reasons why the bidder/application was unsuccessful. Deadline for lodging of appeals should be in accordance with Regulation 87 and Regulation 91 of the Regulations.

VI.4) Procedures for review

VI.4.1) Review body

NHS England and NHS Improvement

Bristol

UK

VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice

16/09/2019