This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Tuesday 17 May 2016
Ministry of Defence

Programme CORTISONE - Infrastructure Architect

0 Incomplete applications

24 Completed applications

16 SME, 8 large

Important dates

Tuesday 3 May 2016
Deadline for asking questions
Tuesday 10 May 2016 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 17 May 2016 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Technical Architect
Summary of the work
Programme CORTISONE will replace the legacy Military Medical Solutions with COTS over the Cloud using NHS suppliers or other suitable commercial products and services. To enable the AP to start an Infrastructure Architect is being sourced to support the MOD Programme Manager and Lead Architect develop the CORTISONE Target Architecture
Latest start date
Expected contract length
9 Months
South West England
Organisation the work is for
Ministry of Defence
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
HQ SG Programme Manager
Responsible for delivery of the CORTISONE Capability for the Defence Medical Services across all Defence Lines of Development.

ISS Programme CORTISONE Lead Architect

ISS ASDT Programme Delivery Manager
Responsible for delivery of the Equipment and Logistic elements of the the DLODs and executing the Assessment Phase to evaluate products and services.

Programme Sponsor.

HSCIC (NHS Digital from Jul 16)
Health and Social Care Information Centre – Acting as the interface between MOD and NHS England.
What the specialist will work on
1) For each CORTISONE Theme provide Technical Documents describing the AS-IS (Legacy) and TO-BE environments in both Fixed and Deployed as requested by the Lead Architect (MOD).
Example Theme documents include but not limited to:
• CORTISONE Architecture Vision & Roadmap
• Solution Architecture Document
• High Level Design Documents
• Interface Documents with 3rd Party Apps
• Deployment Models, e.g. Server/Blade, Client/Server Interface Diagrams
• Network Models, e.g. Ports/Protocol diagrams
• RISK Management Docs

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Primary location to be:

Application Services & DevOps Tower (ASDT),
MOD Corsham,
Westwells Road,
SN13 9NR

Due to the nature of the work to be delivered there will be a need to visit other locations including London, Lichfield, Bristol and Leeds.
Working arrangements
This Infrastructure Architect will work under the Lead Architect (MOD) who will be responsible for the transition and development of a new architecture for Programme CORTISONE. The main function of the Business Architect will be to understand and document the Architectural Design of the current system and how it will transition into Programme CORTISONE. To work closely with the CORTISONE Team and Stakeholders in the development of a Infrastructure Architecture for Programme CORTISONE
Security clearance

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
The following MOD Specific terms and conditions shall apply:
DEFCON 5J (Edn 03/15) - Unique Order Identifiers
DEFCON 129J (Edn 07/08 - Use of Electronic Business Delivery Form
DEFCON 522J (Edn 05/03) - Payment Under P2P
DEFFORM 30 (Edn 04/15) Electronic Transactions Agreement
DEFFORM 129J (Edn 07/08) – Use of the P2P Delivery Label/Form

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
  • An understanding of IT security standards and associated design considerations
  • Strong documentation and client-facing presentation skills
  • In-depth Windows Server, Desktop and migration skills across all operating system versions;
  • In-depth Knowledge of Microsoft Private Cloud, Microsoft System Centre 2012 suite and Hyper-V virtualization deployment, migration and support;
  • Knowledge of SAN storage technologies,
  • Experience with Virtual environments (Citrix, Xen, VMware, Microsoft Intune etc.) and Virtual Centre deployment and support;
  • In-depth Knowledge of Containerisation Technologies and Deployment Models
  • Minimum of 5 years Infrastructure Architect experience
  • Minimum of 5 years working in multi-disciplinary IT architecture teams.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Current Microsoft certifications [2008, 2012 - MCSA/MCSE or MCSD]
  • Hyper-V or VMware design experience
  • Docker, Service Oriented Architecture, REST knowledge
  • Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) Deployment knowledge
  • Firm understanding of Web Service concepts and Technologies (WSDL, XSD, XML, REST and SOA)
  • Integration of medical IS applications, including Off-The-Shelf (OTS) Primary and Secondary Healthcare applications.
  • Integration of NHS England Spine systems and N3 Cloud.
  • Bespoke medical IS applications implementation.
  • HL7, HL7v3 or HL7 FHIR message exposure.
  • TOGAF, Zachman or MOD Architecture Framework (MODAF) experience.
  • Exposure to a wide range of OTS medical IS applications across primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare areas.
  • Understanding of other NHS systems.
  • Exposure to MOD medical IS systems.
  • Development of architectures within an Agile, Continuous and Test Driven programme framework.
  • Exposure to NHS systems of devolved administrations.
  • Experience of working with MOD.
  • Experience of integrating medical IS applications.
  • Minimum of 3 years working with the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Does the successful specialist require to be SC cleared already or can this be obtained whilst working onsite like other Government departments such as The Home Office?
Due to the nature of the work, Ministry of Defence site security requirements and programme schedules the successful specialist must hold existing SC clearance prior to commencing work.
2. Is security clearance a prerequisite or can be applied once selected for the role....
Existing SC clearance is a prerequisite and must be obtained prior to commencing work due to the nature of the work, Ministry of Defence site security requirements and programme schedules.
3. 1. Is the £800 day rate inclusive of supplier margin?
2. How much travel will be involved?
3. Will the Specialist be expensed for travel, accommodation and food etc?
1. The day rate is inclusive of any supplier margins.
2. The anticipated travel requirement is 2 off site meetings per month. Maximum use of VTC/teleconference facilities will be utilised to limit travel requirements where possible.
3. The assumed base location is MOD Corsham with the supplier responsible for all travel and subsistence costs. Appropriate and proportionate travel expenses to off-site meetings will be reimbursed subject to production of receipts. We envisage setting up a Limit of Liability for the role to enable this.
4. Could you please advise how we can show an interest on this tender?
At this stage we are looking for any interested supplier to submit an application against the published requirement.
5. What information do you need from us at this stage to put forward?
You will need to submit an application against the published requirement.
6. Are there any legal requirements to be fulfilled at this stage as the tender is for Ministry of Defence?
The Ministry of Defence is not seeking any additional legal requirements to those that any supplier has agreed to by being accepted onto the framework (e.g. Terms and Conditions).
7. Do we need to get our potential candidate to go through some security checks at this stage?
The potential candidate that a supplier will put forward to perform the work must have obtained, prior to commencing the work, a security clearance at a level of SC due to the nature of the work, Ministry of Defence site security requirements and programme schedules.
8. Is this a full time (5 days per week) role, onsite, throughout the duration of the contract?
The role is required to be for 37.5 hours per week of full time working throughout the duration of the contract, this being located onsite at MOD Corsham. Included within this total over a monthly period, there may be approximately 2 days of off-site working. Flexible working as to the amount and days that the specialist will work during such a week will be considered on a case by case basis, and may be approved.
9. You have multiple requirements published - can we respond with a bid to provide an outcome based team or do you expect a response per requirement?
The requirements shall be scored individually, therefore we ask suppliers to provide an individual response to the requirement(s) they are interested in. To clarify, this does not stop suppliers providing individual responses to multiple or all requirements.
10. What will be the key day-day responsibilities and deliverables?
Duties will include but not be limited to:
• Engagement with the FAHE (Future Application Hosting Environment), (DaaP) Defence as a Platform and New Style of IT (NSoIT), report/document the implications for Programme CORTISONE.
• help define the CORTISONE Virtual/Physical Environments and Technology Components/Relationships to Information Systems
• understand/report on legacy infrastructure within fixed base and deployed arena
• understand/report on medical/dental devices and its integration within the legacy system and Future innovations of medical smart devices
• contribute/record findings into Technology Standard/Portfolio Catalogues.
• help define the Future Medical Application Landscape for CORTISONE, including Dependencies.
11. Is HL7 experience essential?
HL7, HL7v3 or HL7 FHIR message exposure is desirable but not essential.
12. Are there any specific IT Security standards needed?
There are no specific IT Security Standards needed over and above what has been published in the requirement.
13. What is the essential technology experience needed?
All essential technology experience needed for this role is defined within the 'Essential skills and experience' section of the published requirement.