Dear FOI Team,

I would be most grateful if you would provide me, under the Freedom of Information Act, details in respect to the contract below.

Health Education England Pharmacy Independent Prescribing.:
http://ted.europa.eu/udl?uri=TED:NOTICE:...

The details we require are:
• Suppliers who applied for inclusion on each framework/contract and were successful & not successful at the PQQ & ITT stages
• Actual spend on this contract/framework (and any sub lots), from the start of the contract to the current date
• Start date & duration of framework/contract?
• Could you please provide a copy of the service/product specification given to all bidders when this contract was last advertised/procured?
• Is there an extension clause in the framework(s)/contract(s) and, if so, the duration of the extension?
• Has a decision been made yet on whether the framework(s)/contract(s) are being either extended or renewed?
• Who is the senior officer (outside of procurement) responsible for this contract?

Thank you for your help.

Yours sincerely

FOIA, Health Education England

Dear Russell Sneyd,

  

Request for Information: Freedom of Information Act 

 

Thank you for your email. 

  

We acknowledge receipt of your request for information to Health Education
England which we received on 18/05/2021.

  

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (General Rights of Access) that
came into force on 1 January 2005, we have a duty to respond to your
request within 20 working days.    

  

We will respond to your request as soon as possible but no later than
16/06/2021.

 

Kind regards  

 

FOI Team 

Public & Parliamentary Accountability 

  

Health Education England 

Blenheim House | Duncombe Street | Leeds | LS1 4PL 

  

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From: Russell Sneyd <[FOI #756089 email]>
Sent: 18 May 2021 12:55
To: FOIA <[HEE request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Pharmacy - Independent
Presecribers FOI Request

 

Dear FOI Team,

I would be most grateful if you would provide me, under the Freedom of
Information Act, details in respect to the contract below.

Health Education England Pharmacy Independent Prescribing.:

[3]http://ted.europa.eu/udl?uri=TED:NOTICE:...

The details we require are:

• Suppliers who applied for inclusion on each framework/contract and were
successful & not successful at the PQQ & ITT stages

• Actual spend on this contract/framework (and any sub lots), from the
start of the contract to the current date

• Start date & duration of framework/contract?

• Could you please provide a copy of the service/product specification
given to all bidders when this contract was last advertised/procured?

• Is there an extension clause in the framework(s)/contract(s) and, if so,
the duration of the extension?

• Has a decision been made yet on whether the framework(s)/contract(s) are
being either extended or renewed?

• Who is the senior officer (outside of procurement) responsible for this
contract?

Thank you for your help.

Yours sincerely

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Dear Russell Sneyd,

 

We refer to your email of 18/05/2021 requesting information relating to
“Pharmacy Independent Prescribing”, as held by Health Education England
(HEE).

 

HEE can confirm in accordance with S.1 (1) of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 (FOIA) that we hold some of the information that you have
requested however some of this information is exempt under Section 43(2)
of the FOIA.

 

I will address each of your questions in turn:

Q1) Suppliers who applied for inclusion on each framework/contract and
were successful & not successful at the PQQ & ITT stages

 

 

I should advise you that we are unable to provide you with the names of
suppliers who applied for inclusion on each framework/contract and were
not successful at the PQQ & ITT stages. This is because HEE consider it
exempt under section 43(2) of the FOI Act. This exempts information if its
disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to; prejudice the
commercial interests of any person (including the public authority holding
it). Information relating to the unsuccessful suppliers for “Pharmacy
Independent Prescribing” are considered exempt under section 43(2) of the
Act.

Section 43(2) is a qualified exemption and we are required to conduct a
public interest test when applying any qualified exemption. This means
that after it has been decided that the exemption is engaged, the public
interest in releasing the information must be considered. If the public
interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in
withholding it then the exemption does not apply and must be released. In
the FOI Act there is a presumption that information should be released
unless there are compelling reasons to withhold it.

Considerations in favour of disclosure

HEE appreciates that the public interest can cover a wide range of values
and principles and what is in the best interests of the health economy and
society. For example, there is a public interest in transparency and
accountability, to promote public understanding and to safeguard
democratic processes. There is a public interest in good decision-making
by public bodies, in upholding standards of integrity, in ensuring justice
and fair treatment for all and in securing the best use of public
resources.

Other Considerations in favour of the release of the information include
HEE’s commitment to openness and transparency in its commercial
activities, to allow public scrutiny and to demonstrate that public funds
are being used in an efficient and effective way. Furthermore, private
sector companies engaging in commercial activities with the public sector
must expect some information about those activities to be disclosed.

Considerations in favour of maintaining the exemption

 

Considerations against disclosure include the following:

 

o Releasing information regarding unsuccessful bidders could damage the
business reputation of the supplier, weaking their ability participate
competitively in a commercial activity for the tender of other such
contracts. It could also affect the confidence that its customers,
suppliers or investors may have in its commercial operations.

 

o Disclosure would also result in damage to the business reputation, and
loss of confidence in HEE through the disclosure of sensitive
information pertaining to an agreed contract which was considered
confidential.

 

o Disclosure would be likely to deter potential bidders for future
contracts from competing and sharing commercially sensitive
information with us, which would negatively impact upon the quality
and quantity of Governments’ supplier base. This his could be
prejudicial to the achievement of maximum value for money for the
public purse in future competitions and contrary to the public
interest.

 

o HEE must retain commercial confidence of third party bidders when they
choose to engage in commercial activities with us. The release of this
information may jeopardise this commercial confidence.

 

In conclusion, HEE has determined that it is not in the public interest to
prejudice the commercial interests of the unsuccessful suppliers. As such
this information has been deemed exempt from disclosure under section
43(2) of the Act.

However, we are able to advise you as follows:

 

o A total of ten bids were received.
o The successful bidders were:

 

o University of Chester (Lots A, B & C)
o University of Derby (Lot B)
o Sheffield Hallam University (Lots B & C)
o University of East Anglia (Lot B)
o DeMontfort University (Lot B)
o University of Coventry (Lots B & C)
o University of Manchester (Lot C)
o University of Hertfordshire (Lots A & B)

 

 

Q2) Actual spend on this contract/framework (and any sub lots), from the
start of the contract to the current date

 

A2)

o University of Chester (Lots A, B & C) - £98,250
o University of Derby (Lot B) – £218,145
o Sheffield Hallam University (Lots B & C) – £127,080
o University of East Anglia (Lot B) – £119,086
o DeMontfort University (Lot B) – £126,250
o University of Coventry (Lots B & C) – £76,800
o University of Manchester (Lot C) – £220,859
o University of Hertfordshire (Lots A & B) – £192,750

 

Total spend on this Contract for all lots is £1,179,220

 

 

 

Q3) Start date & duration of contract/framework

 

A3)

o Contract Commencement – 1st September 2017
o Contract Expiration – 31st August 2019

 

 

Q4) Could you please provide a copy of the service/product specification
given to all bidders when this contract was last advertised/procured?

A4) Please refer to the ten attached documents for the requested
information.

 

 

Q5) Is there an extension clause in the framework(s)/contract(s) and, if
so, the duration of the extension?

A5) Yes. An extension of two years, until 31st August 2021, was available
and was granted.

 

 

Q6) Has a decision been made yet on whether the framework(s)/contract(s)
are being either extended or renewed?

A6) No decisions have been made in regards to re-procuring this
opportunity. Should this be reprocured then this will be published via
ContractsFinder (and the Find a Tender Service where applicable).

 

 

Q7) Who is the senior officer (outside of procurement) responsible for
this contract?

A7) Any queries in regards to this Contract this should be made directly
via HEE’s Commercial Team ([1][email address]) so as to ensure
no conflict of interest for future tenders of this nature.

 

We hope that this information is of use. If you are dissatisfied with the
way in which we have dealt with your request you can ask us to review our
decision by writing to:

 

Mr Lee Whitehead

Director of Corporate Accountability & Engagement

C/O PPA Team

Health Education England

Blenheim House

Duncombe Street

Leeds

LS1 4PL

 

If at the conclusion of any review you remain dissatisfied you may
complain to the Information Commissioner who can be contacted at:

 

The Office of the Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire

 

Kind regards,

Barry

 

Barry Coffey

Public and Parliamentary Accountability Support Officer

Corporate Accountability and Engagement Directorate

 

Health Education England

Blenheim House

Duncombe Street

Leeds

LS1 4PL

 

Contact via MS Teams and Skype

0113 8871620

[2]www.hee.nhs.uk

 

HEE is part of the NHS, and we work with partners to plan, recruit,
educate and train the health workforce

 

 

 

 

From: Russell Sneyd <[FOI #756089 email]>
Sent: 18 May 2021 12:55
To: FOIA <[HEE request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Pharmacy - Independent
Presecribers FOI Request

 

Dear FOI Team,

I would be most grateful if you would provide me, under the Freedom of
Information Act, details in respect to the contract below.

Health Education England Pharmacy Independent Prescribing.:

[3]http://ted.europa.eu/udl?uri=TED:NOTICE:...

The details we require are:

• Suppliers who applied for inclusion on each framework/contract and were
successful & not successful at the PQQ & ITT stages

• Actual spend on this contract/framework (and any sub lots), from the
start of the contract to the current date

• Start date & duration of framework/contract?

• Could you please provide a copy of the service/product specification
given to all bidders when this contract was last advertised/procured?

• Is there an extension clause in the framework(s)/contract(s) and, if so,
the duration of the extension?

• Has a decision been made yet on whether the framework(s)/contract(s) are
being either extended or renewed?

• Who is the senior officer (outside of procurement) responsible for this
contract?

Thank you for your help.

Yours sincerely

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[4][FOI #756089 email]

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