Awarded to Mixd

Start date: Monday 20 December 2021
Value: £55,404
Company size: SME
NHS South West London Clinical Commissioning Group

Development of websites for NHS SWL (Integrated Care Board) & SWL Integrated Care Partnership

7 Incomplete applications

4 SME, 3 large

17 Completed applications

16 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Published
Wednesday 17 November 2021
Deadline for asking questions
Wednesday 24 November 2021 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Wednesday 1 December 2021 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Off-payroll (IR35) determination
Contracted out service: the off-payroll rules do not apply
Summary of the work
South West London CCG requires a team to develop websites for two new organizations - an Integrated Care Board and Integrated Care Partnership for launch by 1 April 2022.
Latest start date
Monday 6 December 2021
Expected contract length
24 Months + 6 months Ext; Complete Builds within 1st 4 months
Location
London
Organisation the work is for
NHS South West London Clinical Commissioning Group
Budget range
Up to £70,000 for initial build and launch of both sites. We welcome ideas from suppliers on how to configure both sites for the best value for the tax payer.

About the work

Why the work is being done
From April 2022, Integrated Care Systems (ICS) will be in place across England. Each ICS will comprise of two bodies: 1) Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) - the broad alliance of organizations and representatives concerned with improving the care, health and wellbeing of the population, jointly convened by local authorities and the NHS.
2) Integrated Care Board (ICB) - bringing the NHS together locally to improve population health and care and will replace existing Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
In line with these changes we are commissioning two new websites: One to replace the website swlondonccg.nhs.uk and represent a new Integrated Care Board. And one to replace the website swlondon.nhs.uk and represent the Integrated Care Partnership. We anticipate each site to host around 100-120 pages or so of content (including news/blog/posts). We'd like the sites to present separately but to be managed from a shared back end if that's possible.
Problem to be solved
Create a positive, professional image in line with corporate branding (currently in development). Create a seamless user journey. Demonstrate the work of the organisations. Encourage local people and communities to get involved. TECH SPECS: Responsive design, mobile first, compliant to latest WCAG accessibility guidelines; Media/asset filing system for library in back end; Authoriser system with contributors and content authorisors/master users; Staging area for new content/editing; Securely hosted, SSL certificate; Website uptime no lower than 99.99%, with clear back-up routes to maintain service; Integrated translation functionality – google or other reliable service; Functionality for microsites via sub domains - swlimo.swlondonccg.nhs.uk. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Open source platform, shared by both sites, preferred. (WordPress – currently in use - for instance); Both sites will be part of the same organisational family so some consistency in layouts/aesthetic desirable; Accessibility audits (latest WCAG guidance) required prior to launch – accessibility statement (on compliance) is a legal requirement; Appropriate user testing with core audiences; CMS training programme and user guides for contributors; New content expected to be created in-house and provided to supplier; Ongoing technical support required. Read the full specification: https://swlondonccg.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/SWLCCG-website-specification-15.11.2021.pdf
Who the users are and what they need to do
South West London residents and NHS service users are the priority audience. Partner organisations and their staff – all 40+ partners including NHS, LA, voluntary and community sector and Healthwatches​. Also, though to a lesser extent, local councilors and MPs​, and our regulators NHSE/I.  The website acts as the main medium for sharing information with these groups. Need an accessible platform - WCAG guidance. Need suitable spaces (under sub domains) for content aimed at health professionals.
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
We have existing websites containing a lot of information that remains relevant to the new organisations, so a large amount of content will be migrated and reshaped from those platforms - swlondonccg.nhs.uk and swlondonccg.nhs.uk. Work is already underway in-house on draft site architecture and we are establishing internal working groups with key content contributors across the organisations.
Existing team
Existing team consists of an executive director of communications and engagement, head of communications and engagement, head of public affairs, communications project lead, with a wider network of communications and subject matter experts working across the organizations.
Current phase
Discovery

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
London/remote working
Working arrangements
The supplier is expected to manage and progress the project remotely, with regular weekly points of contact with the project team representatives. Supplier will need to have a project management suite so we can keep track of individual tasks and actions.
Security clearance
n/a

Additional information

Additional 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
  • Experience developing websites using open source platforms, such as Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal etc.
  • Knowledge of and experience in developing accessible content, compliant to latest WCAG standards.
  • Demonstrable provision of secure hosting environment with guaranteed 99.99% uptime
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of carrying out user testing with diverse audiences and stakeholders - focus groups, surveys, reader panels
  • Experience delivering training programmes for content management systems
  • Experience delivering visually striking, audience focused websites on limited budgets.

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a written proposal.

How many suppliers to evaluate
3
Proposal criteria
  • Technical Solution
  • Approach and methodology
  • How the approach or solution meets user needs
  • How the approach or solution meets organizational policies or goals
  • Estimated timeframes for the work
  • How they’ve identified risks and dependencies and offered approaches to manage them
  • Team structure
  • Value for money.
Cultural fit criteria
  • Be Transparent and Collaborative
  • Share knowledge and experience
  • Be Innovative and Strategic in Technical matters
  • Works well with clients of varying levels of technical expertise
  • Put patients’ needs first
Payment approach
Fixed price
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

50%

Cultural fit

15%

Price

35%

Questions asked by suppliers

1. You mention a few open-source solutions? Do you have a preference?
WordPress is the preference as our team and colleagues already have some experience with it; however, we're open to considering alternative platforms where a strong case is put forward.
2. What’s the current full tech stack?
swlondonccg.nhs.uk - WordPress platform using a LAMP tech stack. This is hosted and backed up on dedicated servers by our cloud hosting provider.

swlondon.nhs.uk - WordPress platform, webserver apache2 + mod_php, database mysql 5.8.
3. In addition to the £70,000 build budget, what is the allocated hosting budget to fulfil the requirement of “Website uptime no lower than 99.99%”?
The £70k budget is inclusive of annual hosting and routine (BAU) tech support for the initial 24 month contract.
4. 4 Your specification mentions the requirement for a 24 month contract, including technical support. Is this included within the £40-70k budget, or is there a separate allocation for ongoing management and technical support of the websites?
The £70k budget is inclusive of annual hosting and routine (BAU) tech support for the initial 24 month contract.
5. Can you advise if the £70,000 budget also includes costs for hosting?
The £70k budget is inclusive of annual hosting and routine (BAU) tech support for the initial 24 month contract.
6. Can you confirm what the allocated budget is for fulfilling your uptime requirement of 99.99% website availability?
The £70k budget is inclusive of annual hosting and routine (BAU) tech support for the initial 24 month contract.
7. Are you hoping to launch both sites by 1st April 2021?
We need to have launched both sites on or before 1st April 2022.
8. Will you be basing site designs on the NHS digital service manual design system (https://service-manual.nhs.uk/design-system)?
We aim to respect the guidance where possible; however, one of the sites is a partnership site, representing a wide range of organisations across south west London, including local authorities and voluntary services, which means we're likely to deviate from some of these standards. We also have a separate branding exercise underway for both organisations which, again, may require some flexibility from the guidance.
9. Will you consider other open-source CMSs such as Wagtail?
WordPress is the preference as our team and colleagues already have some experience with it; however, we're open to considering alternative platforms where a strong case is put forward.
10. Can you please confirm your expectations around user testing?
We have a wide network of patient and public groups which can be approached to take part.
11. Can you please confirm your expectations around user testing?

Do you have reasonably engaged user groups we can test with, or will you require suppliers to recruit user research candidates?
We have a wide network of patient and public groups which can be approached to take part.
12. Creating visually striking websites whilst meeting WCAG 2.1AA accessibility standards can often be a difficult balance to strike. Can you please provide further detail on what you consider to be “visually striking”?
It's a legal requirement to meet the accessibility standards (or work towards them), so it would be useful to see previous examples of work which take into account issues around accessibility/design - how you as the supplier approach that challenge and strike a balance. There is a separate corporate branding project underway which will ultimately inform the final visual design of your wireframes.
13. Have you discussed the possibility of a ‘platform’ approach to this need with other ICB/ICSs?. The opportunity to build your site(s) in a repeatable way (similar to the LocalGov Drupal approach) could provide great benefit to all other ICSs with similar needs, with costs shared by all. However, your budget on its own probably isn’t large enough for that to be feasible. Can you please clarify if any thought has been given to this approach?
This is a reasonable suggestion but isn't something that's currently under consideration