NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group – Any Qualified Provider (AQP) for the Provision of Community Audiology Services
NHS SOUTH, CENTRAL AND WEST COMMISSIONING SUPPORT UNIT
Published date: 19 January 2021
Last edited date: 19 January 2021
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Contract summary
Industry
• Health services – 85100000
Location of contract
South East
Value of contract
£28,390,375
Procurement reference
WA9284
Published date
19 January 2021
Closing date
2 March 2021
Closing time
12pm
Contract start date
1 September 2021
Contract end date
31 August 2026
Contract type
Service contract
Procedure type
Other: Any Qualified Provider
Contract is suitable for SMEs?
Yes
Contract is suitable for VCSEs?
Yes

Description
NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group (“CCG”) and NHS Oxfordshire CCG are seeking to commission Community Audiology Services via an Any Qualified Provider (“AQP”) process.

The aim is to provide a comprehensive and seamless service for adults experiencing hearing and communication difficulties where they might benefit from hearing assessment and rehabilitation including the option of trying hearing aids with aftercare and support.

The vision for people with hearing problems is for them to receive high quality, efficient services aligned to their social and psychological needs, delivered closer to home, with short waiting times and high responsiveness to the needs of local communities, free at the point of access.

The broad outcomes required of the service are specified below:
• Increased choice and control as to where and when their treatment is delivered
• Personalised care;
• Timely access
• Benefits from chosen interventions.
• Reduction in communication difficulties due to poor hearing;
• Timely direct referral or signposting to other local;
• Direct onward referral to secondary care as appropriate
• Clear guidance and information for patients and their families
• Choice of hearing intervention;
• High levels of satisfaction when accessing the service;

The contract length will be for an initial 5 years, with potential to extend for up to 2 years. Full details will be provided in the Accreditation Document. Bidders should note that Any Qualified Provider (“AQP”) contracts let as part of this process will not guarantee any business for accredited providers. Further information will be provided in the Accreditation Documentation.

Interested providers will be able to view this notice 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.

All bids must be submitted by the 12 midday on the 2nd March 2021.

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

More information
Additional text
Interested providers will be able to view this notice 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

In order to submit a bid, you will need to be registered on the e-procurement system and ‘express an interest’, and then complete a response as specified within the procurement documents.

On registration, please include at least two contacts to allow for access to the system 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 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 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 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 Regulations, save by the provisions applicable to services coming within the scope of 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.

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

About the buyer
Contact name
Donna Harrington
Address
Jubilee House, 5510 John Smith Drive
Oxford Business Park South, Cowley
Oxford
OX4 2LH
England
Telephone
07798781432
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Closing: 2 March 2021, 12pm

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