NHS England and NHS Improvement South West Provision of Primary Care Dental Services within Dental Education facilities in Truro, Exeter & Plymouth
• NHS England and NHS Improvement South West
Publication reference: 2021/S 000-010329 
Publication date: 11 May 2021
F21: Social and other specific services – public contracts
Prior information notice with call for competition
Section one: Contracting authoritySection I: Contracting authority
one.1) Name and addressesI.1) Name and addresses
NHS England and NHS Improvement South West
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Country
United Kingdom

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NUTS code
UKK – South West (England)
Internet address(es)
Main address
https://in-tendhost.co.uk/scwcsu/aspx/Home
one.3) CommunicationI.3) Communication
Additional information can be obtained from the above-mentioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via
https://in-tendhost.co.uk/scwcsu/aspx/Home
one.4) Type of the contracting authorityI.4) Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
one.5) Main activityI.5) Main activity
Health

Section two: ObjectSection II: Object
two.1) Scope of the procurementII.1) Scope of the procurement
two.1.1) TitleII.1.1) Title
NHS England and NHS Improvement South West Provision of Primary Care Dental Services within Dental Education facilities in Truro, Exeter & Plymouth
two.1.2) Main CPV codeII.1.2) Main CPV code
• 85000000 – Health and social work services
two.1.3) Type of contractII.1.3) Type of contract
Services
two.1.4) Short descriptionII.1.4) Short description
NHS England and NHS Improvement South West (NHSE/I SW) seeks Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from providers who have the capability and capacity (to be assessed as part of initial procurement process) to deliver Primary Care Dental Services from existing dental education facilities in Truro, Exeter and Plymouth utilising supervised dental students on placement from the University of Plymouth with the potential of 16,000 sessions across these sites per annum..
The service will contribute to the training of the dental team including students from the University of Plymouth through the delivery of NHS dental services to appropriate patients. The service is responsible for the recruitment of suitable patients, based on acceptance criteria which meets the needs of the students and the course (as defined by the General Dental Council and Health Education England).
The contract term will be 7 years with an option to extend for a further 2 years (at commissioner discretion) and the total contract value is £9,654,471 (over the 9-year period, should the extension be granted and based on 2021/22 values. The contract is due to commence October 2021
Interested parties must be eligible to hold a PDS (Personal Dental Services) contract and appropriate CQC registration.
This procurement is being carried out by NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit (SCW) on behalf of the Commissioners.
two.1.5) Estimated total valueII.1.5) Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: £9,654,471
two.1.6) Information about lotsII.1.6) Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: No
two.2) DescriptionII.2) Description
two.2.3) Place of performanceII.2.3) Place of performance
NUTS codes
UKK – South West (England)
Main site or place of performance
Truro, Exeter & Plymouth
two.2.4) Description of the procurementII.2.4) Description of the procurement
NHS England and NHS Improvement South West (NHSE/I SW) seeks Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from providers who have the capability and capacity (to be assessed as part of initial procurement process) to deliver Primary Care Dental Services from existing dental education facilities in Truro, Exeter and Plymouth utilising supervised dental students on placement from the University of Plymouth with the potential of 16,000 sessions across these sites per annum.
The service will contribute to the training of the dental team through the delivery of NHS dental services to appropriate patients. The service is responsible for the recruitment of suitable patients, based on acceptance criteria which meets the needs of the students and the course (as defined by the General Dental Council and Health Education England).
The contract term will be 7 years with an option to extend for a further 2 years (at commissioner discretion) and the total contract value is £9,654,471 (over the 9-year period, should the extension be granted and based on 2021/22 values. The contract is due to commence October 2021
Interested parties must be eligible to hold a PDS (Personal Dental Services) contract and appropriate CQC registration.
The objectives of the dental service are:
• To support clinical training of dental professionals to provide primary care dental services.
• To improve the oral health of patients treated.
• To provide dental services to eligible patients who do not have a regular NHS dental care provider, in order to address their oral health needs through a single course of treatment. The service includes providing urgent care during a course of treatment and a guaranteed period afterwards.
• To provide an agreed level of access to patients who meet the criteria within the area.
• To promote inclusive healthcare and support early intervention with timely treatment, through oral health advice, treatment and signposting where appropriate, as defined in national guidance.
This procurement is being carried out by NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit (SCW) on behalf of the Commissioners.
EOIs received will be used to help NHSE/I finalise their commissioning and contracting approach for these services.
This exercise is being carried out by NHS South, Central & West Commissioning Support Unit on behalf of NHSE/I. This PIN as a call for competition is initially published as a notice for expressions of interest. The Commissioner may then choose to proceed directly to a procurement process with parties who have responded to the notice and there shall be no further notice published.
Interested providers will be able to view this opportunity via the ‘current tenders’ list on the e-procurement system, In-Tend, available on the following link: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/scwcsu/aspx/Home
If you are not already registered on the system you will need to do so before you can fully access the opportunity. On registration, please include at least two contacts to allow for access to the system in times of absence.
Should NHSE/I proceed to a procurement process it is anticipated to consist of two stages: (1) Stage 1 The aim of this shortlisting stage is predominantly to test the capability and capacity of potential Providers and to identify whether there is more than one capable provider; (2) Stage 2 will either be: (a) a competitive process (if more than one capable provider is identified at Stage 1), which may involve dialogue and will involve assessment of bids against published evaluation criteria and weightings; or (b) a collaborative “Assurance Process” with a single provider, if only one capable provider is identified at Stage 1. Both approaches will involve evidence being considered by subject matter experts and assessed against critical success factors and expected minimum standards.
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 are instead governed by the “Light Touch Regime” contained within Chapter 3, Section 7 of the Regulations (Regulations 74 to 77).
The 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 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 will observe a voluntary award decision notices provisions and may observe a 10-day standstill period described in Regulation 86 of the Regulations. Bidders who are unsuccessful will receive scores and reasons for the decision, including the reasons why the Bidder/application was unsuccessful (Stage 1) and the characteristics and relative advantages of the winning bid (if there is a competitive tender at Stage 2.
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.
two.2.7) Duration of the contract or the frame agreementII.2.7) Duration of the contract or the frame agreement
Duration in months
108
two.2.13) Information about European Union FundsII.2.13) Information about European Union Funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

Section four. ProcedureSection IV. Procedure
four.2) Administrative informationIV.2) Administrative information
four.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate / Time limit for receipt of expressions of interestIV.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate / Time limit for receipt of expressions of interest
Date
25 May 2021
Local time
12:00pm
four.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submittedIV.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted
English

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