NHS England South West – Procurement for the provision of Supervised Tooth Brushing across the South West (Lots 1-7)
NHS England
Published date: 9 January 2023
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Contract summary
• Health services – 85100000
Location of contract
Value of contract
£4,306,200 to £4,449,740
Procurement reference
Published date
9 January 2023
Closing date
13 February 2023
Closing time
Contract start date
31 March 2023
Contract end date
31 August 2025
Contract type
Service contract
Procedure type
Open procedure (above threshold)
Contract is suitable for SMEs?
Contract is suitable for VCSEs?

NHS England South West (NHSE) seeks expressions of interest from providers who have the capability and capacity to deliver a Supervised Tooth Brushing service across the South West. This opportunity is split into 7 lots, full details of which can be found in the ITT document.
NHSE aims to establish supervised tooth brushing schemes in areas across the South West where children are at high risk of poor oral health. The intention is to reach the children who attend nursery (aged 3-4 years) in the final year before starting school and reception classes (aged 4-5 years), in the 50% most deprived areas (LSOAs) across the South West. 

The contract length will be 2 years and five months (including mobilisation), with an option to extend for a further 1 year at the sole discretion of the Commissioner, with service delivery scheduled to start on 01/09/2023. 

The indicative contract value is £1,435,400 per annum in total, for all 7 Lots (variable amount per lots as per ITT documents) plus a management/mobilisation allowance of £143,540. The total indicative contract value for the 3-year contract is £4,449,740 for all 7 Lots, including the management/mobilisation allowance. The tariff price is set at £20 per head, with further details provided in the ITT documents.

The main objectives of the scheme are: 
• To enable children in nursery and reception classes to participate in supervised tooth brushing each day that they attend an eligible early years setting
• Supervised by suitably trained early years staff, the children will brush their own teeth
• Early years staff will be suitably trained and supported by oral health teams 
• Training will be provided on-site and preparation of the scheme on site will be carried out by oral health teams
• Oral health teams will be appropriately trained and qualified to provide oral health and advice on infection control and to monitor on site delivery of the scheme
• Advice from a dental professional will be available during the lift of the contract
• To issue additional home packs including a toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste and oral health information, which will be distributed to parents at the start of the school year 
• Information around the continuance of tooth brushing will be communicated to parents/carers at the start of the scheme and as the start of each extended holiday
• To provide parents with information about accessing a dental practice

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

Interested providers will be able to view this notice via the ‘Live Opportunities’ list on the e-procurement system, Atamis, available on the following link: https://health-family.force.com/s/Welcome

More information
·         Atamis Supplier Guidance v2.0.pptx
·         Atamis Supplier Guidance v2.0
·         CF Additonal Info – Supervised Toothbrushing SW v1.0.docx
·         CF Additonal Info – Supervised Toothbrushing SW v1.0

How to apply
Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.

About the buyer
Contact name
Rebecca Rogers
360 Bristol, Marlborough Street

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