Published date: 18 January 2019

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 8 February 2019

Contract summary


  • Administrative healthcare services - 75122000

  • Health and social work services - 85000000

Location of contract

South East

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

18 January 2019

Closing date

8 February 2019

Contract start date

12 April 2019

Contract end date

11 July 2019

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Other: Request for Quotation

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NHS England seeks bids from providers who have the capability to deliver Health Needs Assessments (HNAs) for those in adult secure prisons in Thames Valley (HMP Huntercombe, HMP Springhill and HMP Grendon).

The Aims and Objectives include:

The needs assessments will explore the following:
• The Prison population of HMP Huntercombe, HMP Grendon and HMP Springhill.
• The current healthcare service provision utilised by HMP Huntercombe, HMP Grendon and HMP Springhill internal and external and wider health promotion of self-care.
• To understand complex needs of the older population and care required.
• Recommend opportunities for improved health and social care integration and provisions to enable prisoners to live an independent and quality life.
• Investigate the full range of health needs and report on the epidemiology of health problems experienced by the men in the establishments.
• Gap analysis between current service provisions, needs of the population, best practice, effective interventions and national care standards.
• Service User feedback to hear the views of patients who use healthcare - this includes patients that have relatively minimal use and try and understand any barriers of unmet need.
• Organisational barriers to the delivery of current/proposed models of care.
• Identify and report on organisational barriers to the delivery of current/proposed models of care.
• Review escort and bed watch levels and recommend improvements and opportunities to reduce external appointments.
• Explore and report on the attitudes towards the delivery and effectiveness of healthcare in each setting.
• Analyse and compare the health of those in prison with sensible comparator groups in the community and in other establishments
• Equality of healthcare services access and provision, in relation to core equality strands (e.g. race, disability, age, religion, and sexual orientation) and complete an Equality Impact Assessment.
• Recommendations for future service developments.
• The staffing profile against need, business continuity, recruitment and retention and resources.
The NHSE Health and Justice team has the commissioning responsibility for the healthcare services of adults in secure and detained settings. The focus for these HNAs is to outline the area profile of adult secure settings in the Thames Valley area in the context of both the local authority and the health landscapes for adults.

As a result of the procurement, a single contract will be let to deliver the three HNAs, with a maximum total contract value of £45,000 including any applicable VAT.

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 the tender opportunity via the 'current tenders' list on the e-procurement system

In order to access the tender documentation you will need to 'express an interest' and register on the system. Bidders are required to respond to the ITT questions directly within the system and attach any requested documents separately to the placeholders provided.

Responses must be submitted via In-Tend by Noon 7th February 2019

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.

About the buyer

Contact name

Donna Harrington