This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Thursday 6 February 2020
Health Education England (HEE)

Back End Developer - Revalidation

8 Incomplete applications

8 SME, 0 large

56 Completed applications

53 SME, 3 large

Important dates

Thursday 30 January 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Monday 3 February 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 6 February 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Summary of the work
(Please do not resubmit a previously unsuccessful specialist.)

Back End Java Developer using open source and cloud technologies such as:
Cloud Hosting (AWS)
Appreciation of RESTful APIs and complex systems integrations
Source Control: GitHub
Working 'Agile' (using Scrum) in a pair programming environment
Latest start date
Thursday 13 February 2020
Expected contract length
Three months
Organisation the work is for
Health Education England (HEE)
Maximum day rate
We decided not to set a maximum day rate or disclose our budget constraints. We seek excellent value for money and affordability.

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
You'll be expected to work with the following:

- Scrum Master, Service Managers (Product Owners) and Team (incl. BAs, UI/UX, Test Lead, Front End and Full Stack Developers, Ops)

Stakeholders such as:
- Trainees (of the medical, dental, pharmacy and healthcare science profession)
- (Hospital) Trust administrators and managers
- Business Managers and subject experts
- Others involved in the education and training of the multi professional healthcare workforce

Third party suppliers
- Legacy and future suppliers
What the specialist will work on
A Back End Java Developer is required to refactor and redevelop the Trainee Information System (TIS) Revalidation microservice.

This involves:
Reviewing the existing Java application
Refactoring the existing Java code
Implementing new functionality
Fixing bugs
Sharing knowledge, pair programming and developing the understanding of the application within the current TIS team.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Health Education England
Floor 3
Stewart House
Russell Square
Working arrangements
Timescales we are working to:
Advert closes – 06/02/20
Shortlisting and successful suppliers invited to interview - 07/02/20
Interviews in person - 10/02/20 and potentially 11/02/20
Contract award - 12/02/20
Preferred start date – 13/02/20

HEE is an employer keen on promoting work/life balance, and protecting people's mental health. As such we expect all staff to work remotely one day a week. Further remote working is also possible subject to negotiation with line manager.

The role is outside of IR35.
Security clearance

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
The awarded supplier will also need to adhere to the principles set out in the standard NHS Terms and Conditions.

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • Java 8/11, Maven/Gradle, Spring/Spring Boot
  • Docker, Cloud hosting
  • Junit, Mockito
  • MySQL
  • Elastic Search
  • Experience of an Agile/Scrum environment
  • Teaching, knowledge transfer and pair-programming
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Angular 6+ experience
  • Knowledge of web services/REST, micro-services

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work transparently and collaboratively in a no-blame culture, encouraging all to fail fast and learn from mistakes
  • Demonstrate experience of supporting and coaching other team members
  • Evidence their confidence to challenge the status quo
  • Evidence of taking responsibility for their work
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Interview
  • Scenario or test
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there a current incumbent?
No there is not.
2. Is there a current incumbent?
No there is not a current incumbent.
3. As the 30% of the weighted value is on the rate, are you able to give us some indication or bandwith on that.
As described in the advert we have decided not to disclose our budget constraints as we seek excellent value for money and affordability.
4. Can you elaborate further as to why so many applications were unsuccessful?
Applications were unsuccessful for a range of reasons including supplier responses to the essential and nice to have skills not being sufficiently detailed for a specialist to be invited for interview. Those specialists that were invited for an interview either lacked the technical or softer knowledge necessary for the role.
5. How do we know that the candidate being submitted was unsuccessful when no feedback was given to the previous application?
We are happy to provide feedback to specialists which were invited in for interview.

For those submissions where a specialist was not invited for interview - we recommend that suppliers provide sufficient detail against the essential and nice to have skills to enable HEE to make a determination of whether to invite your specialist in for an interview or not. Suppliers may want to consider providing some structure to their written answers as well.
6. Expected contract length, is there a chance of extension?
If there is a chance of extension it will be within the parameters of what is permitted. As the work has not yet started it is unknown whether this will be necessary.
7. Can you please clarify what level of seniority is expected from this specialist? If you can do this, please do so by basing it on the SFIA framework levels 1-7.
We have not based the roles on the SFIA framework and there is no appetite to do so at such a late stage in the process.