North of England Commissioning Support (NECS) is a commissioning support service hosted by NHS England and is managing this Request for Information (RFI) and a future procurement process for the provision of a Dental Referral Management Service for NHS England (North West) Cheshire & Merseyside, Lancashire & South Cumbria and Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership (the Contracting Authorities).
The Contracting Authorities are issuing this Prior Information Notice (PIN) as a Request for Information (RFI) to engage with the Market to gather information, in order to gain further understanding of both the capacity and appetite of the market in delivering the proposed Dental Referral Management Service, and to alert the Market to a future tender opportunity.
It is important to note that this PIN/RFI is not a call for competition and as such you will need to express your interest in any future tender opportunity once the contract notice is published in OJEU and on Contracts Finder (approximately April 2020).
It should be noted that this PIN/RFI invites individuals and organisations to express an interest in this RFI exercise only, and it is NOT a pre-qualification questionnaire, and is NOT part of any pre-qualification or selection process. This PIN/RFI is intended as an awareness, communication, and information gathering exercise. An expression of interest is no indication of a commitment to participate in the RFI process nor does it infer any preferential or special status on those individuals and organisations who express an interest in the RFI exercise.
NECS is utilising an electronic tendering portal (In-Tend) to manage this RFI and as such interested individuals and organisations will need to register on the portal to access the RFI documentation and return completed RFI documentation.
The In-Tend e-Tendering portal can be found at:
Please follow the registration instructions (if you are not already registered) and look for the project NHSE484 Request for Information - Dental Referral Management Service
Please note that it is free to register on In-Tend, which can be accessed at any time of day as long as you have a working internet connection.
The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (as amended) may apply to a future procurement including the New Fair Deal non-statutory policy setting out how pensions issues are to be dealt with when staff are compulsorily transferred from the public sector to independent providers delivering public services.
The RFI documentation will be accessible from 2 December 2019 and completed RFI responses must be returned by 12.00 noon on 13 December 2019.