Department of Health

Independent Panel Website Beta-Live Phase and Ongoing Maintanance and Support

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
6 SME, 2 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
17 SME, 0 large
Important dates
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Published Friday 26 May 2017
Deadline for asking questions Friday 2 June 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Friday 9 June 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Summary of the work A beta and live website to meet the user needs for an Independent Panel – hosting the panel disclosure documents, including the panel report, supporting documentation, search capability, 1 year support and maintenance
Latest start date Friday 14 July 2017
Expected contract length Approximately 18 months - Negotiable
Location No specific location, eg they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for Department of Health
Budget range Up to £100,000

About the work

About the work
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Why the work is being done An Independent Panel was established to review the documentary evidence held across a range of organisations concerning the initial care of families’ relatives and the subsequent investigations into their deaths in an NHS Hospital.

In addition to producing a report, the Panel’s terms of reference commit it to

Oversee the maximum possible public disclosure of all relevant information relating to unexpected deaths and treatment at the hospital;

Establish an on-line archive of documentation, including a catalogue of all relevant information and a commentary on any information withheld for the benefit of the families or on legal or other grounds
Problem to be solved A website with access from desktop and mobile internet enabled devices is proposed as the on-line archive of the documentation.

The report and the supporting documentation (more than one hundred thousand documents) cannot be made public until the Chair of the Panel is ready to publish the report. Once the report findings are announced all of the content & supporting documentation needs to be made public as at the same time by putting the fully built website live
Who the users are and what they need to do Public
• Wants to gain a general understanding of the report findings
• Find out what the issues were at the hospital and whether they are still prevalent

• Family members
• Understand what happened to their relatives who were patients of the hospital

• Researcher/journalist
• Discover finding’s headlines
• Delve deeper into specific findings
• Find important information to report on

• Medical Professionals
• Understand what was happening and how it might be relevant to his Ward
• Understand who might be affected by the report
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done Discovery and Alpha phases have been completed, the results of these will be made available as part of the engagement
Existing team The Independent Panel Website Work stream Lead/Product Owner
Current phase Beta

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place The majority of the work can be carried out at the supplier premise with regular visits from the product owner and monthly review meeting in London (Wellington House). Additionally there are planned to be two assessments during the beta development in London (Richmond House).
Working arrangements The supplier may be based and work from anywhere in the UK as long as suitable arrangements (internet, phone, video web conferencing and digital connectivity) are available
Security clearance BPSS and DS clearance

Additional information

Additional information
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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.

Skills and experience
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Essential skills and experience
  • Delivering a user research plan and user research output
  • developing a Beta and Live phase website accessible through mobile and desktop devices
  • successfully delivering digital solutions that collect and hold confidential documents and information with appropriate controls and protection.
  • designing a highly available and scalable open source web based content management system for large sized and high volume consumption.
  • designing highly available and scalable open source faceted website search functions where the website’s search feature is able to use complex search for documents
  • using Google analytics to track website statistics
  • producing user friendly website administration functionalities that has password protection and permission control on content and website management.
  • Web Accessibility to be able to achieve WCAG 2.0 and Level AA success criteria
  • designing highly available and auto-scaling public cloud services
  • load testing a hosting infrastructure by simulating various levels of extreme peak periods
  • utilising content delivery network (CDN) services
  • demonstrate the ability to mass upload high volume of documents using scripts.
Nice-to-have skills and experience Have demonstrable experience of attending and passing a Beta and Live GDS assessment.

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
How many suppliers to evaluate 7
Proposal criteria
  • Leadership
  • Approach and Method statement
  • Resource Plan
  • Experience
  • Top Level Risk and Assumptions
Cultural fit criteria
  • Team scalability, flexibility, deployment time and pause capability
  • Approach to working with policy
Payment approach Fixed price
Assessment methods Written proposal
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Regarding the requirement for "BPSS and DS clearance": BPSS is clear enough, but I cannot find any reference to DS clearance. Could you please give more information? DS is Disclosure Scotland
2. is it possible to know who completed discovery and alpha stages, and if they are bidding? Nudge Digital, the Department is not requesting specific bids from any particular suppliers as this is an open competition
3. Will the DoH facilitate the acquisition of security clearance for the team? The Department has not specifically provisioned for this cost or administrative action
4. We are currently obtaining BPSS clearance and expect to have that by June 12th which is after the deadline for applications. If the clearance arrives by that date will our proposal be able to be assessed? Also the company undertaking the BPSS clearance do not know what DS clearance is and think this may be a typing error. Would you confirm what DS clearance is, please? Disclosure Scotland. The proposal will be assessed as long as you inform us by 12 June.
5. Has there been an assessment into which and what type of CMS is preferable. For example, has a document management system been looked into to manage the volume. Furthermore, are there any work flows associated with these documents when uploaded - do they need to go through an approval process? Do certain documents have an affinity with any particular department? The Alpha supplier made a suggestion to use Drupal for content management system combined with Apache Solr for search. However, other technologies can be considered as long as it can meet the requirements.

No there are no workflows and approval processes. The requirement is for a straightforward user download of documents.

Initially, the system has to be kept secured during the development phase. Once the system is made Live, anybody in public domain may access the documents.
6. Do you expect hosting costs to be included within this? Yes
7. When do you expect to shortlist and issue proposal, as part of the next stage for commencing the project 14 July? We will short list suppliers after the initial phase of the procurement on the framework on the 9th June, as soon as is possible after this date we will inform successful and unsuccessful suppliers and release further information in regards to the written proposal. The aim is for the proposal to issued on 15th June.
8. When you refer to documents, are you referring to binary encoded documents (pdf, excel etc) and not file based datasets (csv, xml, json etc)? The documents will be PDF, Texts, Word, OCR and the metadata will be in CSV.
9. Until the documents are made ‘public’ do they have an OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE classification, and therefore require associated treatment with regard to storage and access Yes
10. Until the website is made ‘public’ does access need to be restricted to a closed group over specific connections (e.g. PSN, VPN tunnels) or will it be available on the public internet albeit with no anonymous access? Ideally yes. We want it to be very secured before it goes live.
11. Regarding BPSS and DS clearances, how can evidence for these is required to be supplied, considering the fact that both have maximum expiration terms? We don't see a way to add these document to our account on digitalmarketplace This will be evidenced at the Proposal stage. Confirmation that the relevant members of your staff have DS and BPSS clearance will suffice at this stage.
12. In the essential skills "Delivering a user research plan and user research output", could you elaborate more on your expectations on evidence? The winning supplier will be expected to draft a user research plan which complies with the GDS standard. The supplier is expected to provide specialist user researcher and content designer who will be liaising with GDS assurance managers.