This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Wednesday 28 July 2021
NHS Business Service Authority

NHSBSA Technology Resource Delivery Partner

28 Incomplete applications

18 SME, 10 large

24 Completed applications

18 SME, 6 large

Important dates

Published
Wednesday 14 July 2021
Deadline for asking questions
Wednesday 21 July 2021 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Wednesday 28 July 2021 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Off-payroll (IR35) determination
Contracted out service: the off-payroll rules do not apply
Summary of the work
The NHSBSA requires a Delivery Partner to work across Technology, Digital and Data to ensure that the we can realise our ambitions whilst continuing to mature our function.

The DDaT functions supports approximately 3000 staff, across multiple sites. These and our Strategy can be found on: https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/what-we-do/strategy-business-plan-and-annual-report
Latest start date
Thursday 30 September 2021
Expected contract length
2 Years with an Option to extend for 12 months
Location
No specific location, for example they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for
NHS Business Service Authority
Budget range
Our current resource requirements can be expressed as NHS Agenda for Change Roles at Bands 7, 8a and 8b. In year one we anticipate requiring 4 x band 7; 7 x band 8a and 1 x band 8b (a few roles will be for less than the full 12 months); this may vary (+/-20%).
We are currently projecting a 25% reduction in year 2 and a further 50% reduction in year 3.
We would be interested in commercial models that give us savings and flexibility in financial and contractual terms.

About the work

Why the work is being done
The NHSBSA is an Arm’s Length Body of the Department of Health and Social Care.

The NHSBSA technology environment has recently undergone significant change which has ended a long-term IT outsource contract with Capita bringing some services in house and establishing new contracts for others.

It has consolidated separate technology functions and built new teams. Maturing these new teams by investing in both additional capacity, new capabilities and modern tooling is now a key feature of our strategy.

The architecture team is part of the technology governance function and is seeking to complement its resources to enable rapid progress across a number of key activities. This resource will work alongside us whilst we develop and grow capability from within.

The architecture resources required will work across Technology, Digital and Data to ensure that the department can realise its ambitions whilst continuing to mature its function.

The DDaT functions supports approximately 3000 staff, across multiple sites. These and our Strategy can be found here.

We have a mixed infrastructure estate with the majority of data and applications residing in the Crown Hosting data centres. However, all new applications and services are being developed for cloud first and public cloud platforms.
Problem to be solved
We are looking for architecture resources in the following categories:

Senior Data Architect Technical Analysts Technical Architects

Technical Security Managers

Technical analysts will support the impacting of new change, supporting evidence gathering for options appraisals, estimating resource impacts & development of non-functional requirements. We also need analyst resource to support the implementation of new tooling, this will require the need to support discovery activity across the IT landscape with data and integration cataloguing.

Technical architects will be required to work across the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) supporting new digital products within our business lines as well as core technology programmes which are looking to implement EA tooling, Integrations services & Common reference services. This will require skills in product evaluation, high level design, low level design, data modelling and solution assurance. Resources will be required with familiarity across AWS & Azure cloud platforms & Enterprise Integration PaaS.

We will require the Senior Data Architect to establish the Data Architecture Domain. This will require a key focus on the definition of strategy, standards and governance.

We are looking for a partner to support these services over an initial period of up to 3 years.
Who the users are and what they need to do
This service complies to most BSA users and Stakeholders. This contract will support the delivery of various projects which spans across a number of service users. The Delivery Partner is required to assess costs in accordance with NHS Agenda for Change Rates.
Early market engagement
The NHSBSA is hosting a webinar on the 19th July 2021 at 9:00am, to provide potential suppliers further details and insight into the Authority's requirements for Technology Resource Requirements and Delivery Partner Needs.

If you are interested in registering for this event please send a message to s.wahid@nhs.net for further details and provide an expression of interest.
Any work that’s already been done
New Requirement.
Existing team
Our Infrastructure Engineers have an ambitious programme of work, supporting the optimisation of our CI/CD pipeline, designing and implementing the next iteration of our cloud strategy and working with our partners and suppliers to gain greater control and transparency of our cloud utilisation. With a cloud first strategy, we aspire to systematically migrate our applications to the cloud where appropriate to do so.

Our User Researchers...

Our Developers...

Our Testers... (including automated testing)
Current phase
Not started

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
The NHSBSA Headquarters are in Newcastle upon Tyne, however we are open to remote working.
Working arrangements
The working pattern will mostly be remote working, engaging through Teams and preferably using video as well as voice. As Covid restrictions ease, there is some possibility of visiting sites on occasion; all of our sites are in England and Wales and there is unlikely to be a need to be on-site for any sustained period.
Security clearance
Not required

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
To be provided at the next of stage of this process.

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
To be confirmed at the next stage of this process, Early Market Engagement Event on 19th July 2021 at 9:00am.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
To be confirmed at the next stage of this process, Early Market Engagement Event on 19th July 2021 at 9:00am.

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a written proposal.

How many suppliers to evaluate
6
Proposal criteria
To be confirmed at the next stage of this process, Early Market Engagement Event on 19th July 2021 at 9:00am.
Cultural fit criteria
To be confirmed at the next stage of this process, Early Market Engagement Event on 19th July 2021 at 9:00am.
Payment approach
Time and materials
Additional assessment methods
  • Case study
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

50%

Cultural fit

10%

Price

40%

Questions asked by suppliers

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