Published date: 22 July 2019

Last edited date: 22 July 2019

This notice was replaced on 29 October 2019

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Opportunity (published 30 October 2019)

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Contract summary


  • Social work and related services - 85300000

Location of contract

North East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, London, South East, South West

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

22 July 2019

Closing date

26 August 2019

Contract start date

30 September 2019

Contract end date

31 March 2020

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (OJEU)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) procedures are valued above a certain financial threshold.

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NAAS is now in its second phase of delivery with 56 local authorities and Trusts on-board.
The demand from the sector to join as early adopters means the project is now very different to how it looked two years ago, when the last procurement was carried out.
This procurement exercise is to ensure that the successful delivery of NAAS to date is built on, and a delivery partner is in place to deliver all that we need in phase 2 between September 2019 and March 2020.
The incumbent supplier will provide a full handover to the new supplier.
This tender is for:
- Management of the whole NAAS assessment delivery system including
o Operational delivery of NAAS assessment centres, which includes delivery of practice simulation with actors
o Continuation of existing digital platform
o Governance of the service
o Delivery of a minimum of 800 high quality assessments to a maximum of 1950 high quality assessments between September 2019 and March 2020
- Monthly light touch support and universal communications offer to NAAS site employers
- Collaborative working with users, stakeholders and partners
To ensure the continued delivery of assessment centres, 65 centres have been booked for the period September 2019-December 2019, using additional funding outside of this contract to pay for; venues, staff (a centre manager, assessment facilitators, assessors and actors) and logistical arrangements for the IT equipment to be delivered to the centres by courier. Information about these booked assessment centres will be handed over to the successful supplier as part of the implementation period.
On commencement of this contract, the supplier will be expected to deliver associated management and quality assurance of those booked assessment centres, and immediately commence booking and operational delivery of assessment centres for the period of January-March 2020.
The competition will commence on 19 July and the contract will be for six months, with two options to extend for a further 3 months (6 months + 3 months + 3 months). The Department wishes to assess market capability and capacity to administer and deliver a response for this service.
There will be a pre-market engagement event on 30 July from 11-1 at the Department for Education, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BT. Please register an interest in attending, max two per organisation, to email: by 12 noon 24 July.

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Sanctuary Buildings