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The NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership, hosted by Velindre NHS Trust are acting on behalf of Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board who are seeking to establish a contract for Emergency Agency Nursing cover.

Voluntary ex ante transparency notice

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

I.1)Name and addresses
NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership
Procurement Department, Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board, Brecknock House, 8th Floor, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park
Cardiff
CF14 4XW
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 0290746363
E-mail:
NUTS code: UK

Internet address(es):

Main address: http://www.procurement.wales.nhs.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.sell2wales.gov.wales/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA0221

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:

Emergency Agency Nursing Cover.

Reference number: 17/2308
II.1.2)Main CPV code
79624000
II.1.3)Type of contract
Services
II.1.4)Short description:

The NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership, hosted by Velindre NHS Trust are acting on behalf of Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board who are seeking to establish a contract for Emergency Agency Nursing cover.

II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7)Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value excluding VAT: 300 000.00 GBP
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
79624000
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKL22
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership, hosted by Velindre NHS Trust are acting on behalf of Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board who are seeking to establish a contract for Emergency Agency Nursing cover at very short notice i.e. 1 hour.

The contract duration will be for a 3 year period.

II.2.5)Award criteria
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
II.2.14)Additional information

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Award of a contract without prior publication of a call for competition in the Official Journal of the European Union in the cases listed below
  • The procurement falls outside the scope of application of the directive
Explanation:

The contract requires the emergency placement of agency nursing cover within very short notice periods for instance 1 hour. This reliable and consistent service must be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year as the Health Board requires nursing cover at all times.

Whilst there are other agencies that can provide nursing staff, this contract will only provide emergency nursing cover for urgent and unforeseen short notice situations. All other non emergency nursing cover will fall outside the scope of this contract.

Only this provider has the technical ability to consistently match the requirement for emergency temporary staff of the required skill on very short notice at any time throughout the year.

The provider operates a 24/7 live call centre manned by nurses with appropriate training to quickly identify the skills required for any position within the Health Board. The provider has a comprehensive and accurate database with precise and highly detailed profiles of each nurse's individual skill set, location and availability. This enables the provider to effectively identify a suitable nurse, confirmation of the nurse's availability and to mobilise the nurse into the Health Board immediately.

No prior contract notice has been issued and the authority is applying a 10 day standstill period to allow suppliers in the marketplace an opportunity to appeal if they believe they have the capability to meet the Health Board's emergency requirements.

IV.1.3)Information about framework agreement
IV.1.8)Information about the 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

Section V: Award of contract/concession

Contract No: 17/2308
V.2)Award of contract/concession
V.2.1)Date of contract award decision:
20/06/2017
V.2.2)Information about tenders
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor/concessionaire
Independent Clinical Services trading as Thornbury Nursing Services
Caledonia House, 223 Pentonville Road
London
N1 9NG
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 01992305711
NUTS code: UK
The contractor/concessionaire will be an SME: no
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot/concession (excluding VAT)
Total value of the contract/lot/concession: 300 000.00 GBP
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

(WA Ref: 68469).

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership
Cardiff
United Kingdom

Internet address:http://www.procurement.wales.nhs.uk

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership on behalf of Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board will allow a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period between notifying the award decision and awarding the contract. Unsuccessful tenderers and applicants are entitled to receive reasons for the decision, including the characteristics and relative advantages of the winning bid and the reasons why the tenderer/applicant was unsuccessful. Should additional information be required it should be requested of the addressee in section I.1). Aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the procurement rules have the right to take action in the High Court (England and Wales). Any such action is subject to strict time limits in accordance with the Public Contracts (Amendments).

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
29/06/2017