Ministry of Defence - Information Systems and Services

Programme Cortisone - Technical Evaluation Applications Integration Architectural Services Partner

Incomplete applications

4
Incomplete applications
2 SME, 2 large

Completed applications

11
Completed applications
3 SME, 8 large
Important dates
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Published Friday 18 August 2017
Deadline for asking questions Friday 25 August 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Friday 1 September 2017 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
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Summary of the work The Partner will integrate COTS software into the Authorities Assessment Environment to test, evaluate and document configurations as deliverables. The Partner will work with the Authority to assess integration patterns and, but not limited to, data synchronisation and deployable elements. The service will include Architectural Support based on agreed outputs.
Latest start date Monday 13 November 2017
Expected contract length 24 months
Location South West England
Organisation the work is for Ministry of Defence - Information Systems and Services
Budget range £850K to £2.2M subject to approvals. Interested parties should be aware that funding has only been confirmed for work packages 1 and 2(information on these to be issued as part of the ITT documentation), further funding approval is expected by Dec 2107, but cannot be confirmed at this point.

About the work

About the work
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Why the work is being done Programme CORTISONE is to provide a suite (Primary Care, Mental Health, Rehabilitation, Occupational Health and COTS Interoperability) of Medical Information Services (MED IS) that will allow the Defence medical Services (DMS) to meet patient safety and duty of care obligations. Programme CORTISONE will be delivered using integrated COTS. The programme will interface with medical services provided under the NHS and other MoD related systems e.g. Joint Personnel Administration (JPA). CORTISONE require an Integration and Evaluation Partner to work with the Authority to develop an Integrated Ecosystem of COTS medical information services and products within an MoD provided hosting solution
Problem to be solved Programme CORTISONE will deliver 5 Themes using medical COTS solutions. CORTISONE is currently procuring up to 11 COTS for Themes 1&2.
MoD requires Partner to undertake:
a. Solution Evaluation – support product evaluation and assessment of upto 11 solutions across 5 Lots.
b. Solution Design –support solution architecture design based on outcomes of product evaluation and assessment. c. Solution Selection and Development – assisting in filling gaps in the DMS requirements not fully satisfied by the evaluated COTS.
d. Solution Delivery – assisting with developing a beta solution based on the alpha, of the evaluation phase.
e. Knowledge Transfer Plan
Who the users are and what they need to do ISS are responsible for the delivery of CORTISONE to meet the requirements of the DMS. The CORTISONE delivery team need to be able to test and analyse medical information applications to select the optimum solution to meet customer requirements. Applications will be tested by DMS clinicians. Due to the wide range of products to be tested and analysed and the diversity of testers ISS require a partner to work with the CORTISONE Programme team to undertake the administrative duties of the Test Environment to ensure appropriate accounts and access to applications are available.
Early market engagement None for this specific role. CORTISONE has been the subject of industry briefs at Tech UK, the last being Nov 2016. PLEASE NOTE: Any suppliers currently bidding through the OJEU procurement will not be eligible for this requirement.
Any work that’s already been done Programme CORTISONE was established in Apr 2014 and has progressed through the CONCEPT Phase and is now in the ASSESSMENT Phase with a mature Concept of Analysis.
Existing team The team is a blend of Military and Crown Servants complemented by contract staff and specialist companies. The team includes Architects, Assurance Specialists, a Product and Test Manager and Project Managers.
Current phase Alpha

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place The Programme Team is located at MOD Corsham in Wiltshire (SN13 9NR) and DMS (Defence Medical Services) in Lichfield (WS14 9PY). It is anticipated that collaborative planning, preparation and assessment work for the CORTISONE Assesment Environments (AE), which will be provided by the Authority, will be at MoD Corsham. In order to support the AE there may be a need to visit the hosting facilities based in Blandford or Andover (this has yet to be confirmed).
Working arrangements The Partner will be expected to work within an Agile environment framed around pre-defined sprints. Working with users and project leads to develop, design, pilot and implement solutions and then to document outcomes and updated designs and standards.  As part of the agile team they will need to work efficiently and follow best practice to ensure the agreed outcomes meet the quality and standards expected by our stakeholders. Monday to Friday, locations as described above. The Partner will work under the guidance of the CORTISONE Delivery Manager. For full details of the requirement contact: ISSComrl-NEHub-C1-01@mod.uk
Security clearance All staff involved in this requirement will require SC by the start of this contract. SC is required due to possible attendance at secure MoD sites and the need to work within the MoDNet infrastructure. BPSS or Disclosure Scotland is not acceptable and the Authority will NOT sponsor Security Clearance.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions These MOD DEFCONs form part of Call Off Contract: 5J (Edn 18/11/16) Unique Identifiers, 76 (Edn 12/06) Contractors on site, 129J (Edn 18/11/16) Electronic business Delivery Form, 516 (Edn 04/12) Equality, 520 (Edn 02/17) Corrupt gifts and payments of commission, 522 (Edn 18/11/16) Payment and Recovery of Sums Due, 531 (Edn 11/14) Disclosure of Information, 534 (Edn 06/17) Subcontracting and Prompt Payment, 566 (Edn 10/16) Change of control contractor, 642 (Edn 06/14) Progress meetings, 658- Cyber Security - DEFSTAN 05-138, 660 - Official Sensitive Security Requirements. DEFFORMS DF111 Appendix - Addresses and Other Information DF10 Acceptance Of Offer Of Contract

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
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Essential skills and experience
  • Experience in the installation and configuration of COTS medical information systems for NHS bodies. (4%)
  • Extensive understanding of and experience in the application of healthcare integration patterns and information standards (HL7 FHIR, HL7 v2) for enabling interoperability between medical information systems. (4%)
  • Experience in architecture design and integrating medical information systems with NHS Spine services. (3%)
  • Experience working as part of a rainbow team of contractors, crown servants and software vendors. (2%)
  • Experience in the planning, specification, development and execution of a programme of testing to meet the requirements of a specified Test Strategy. (3%)
  • Experience in the administration and management of typical environment and server applications i.e. Windows 2012 Server, Linux, SQL Server and Windows Active Directory.(4%)
  • Experience of providing a complete architecture service to a complex Government Programme (3%)
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of working in MOD, with a good understanding of ISS and wider business practices and relevant JSPs, including JSP604 and JSP440. (2%)
  • Experience working with NHS bodies to select, design and implement Electronic Patient Record (EPR) systems for Primary Care, Acute, Mental Health, Rehabilitation and Occupational health services. (2%)

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many suppliers to evaluate 5
Proposal criteria
  • Explain your proposed approach, methodology and timescales. Includes how you will ensure that the Authority is supplied with high quality and appropriately skilled team specialists flexibly and responsively(10%)
  • Explain your proposed approach, methodology and timescales for delivery of Work Packages 1 and 2 including a description of the skills of the proposed team. (5%)
  • Explain your proposed approach, methodology and timescales for delivery of SE&E Phases 1, 2 and 3, including a description of the skills and resources of the proposed team.(5%)
  • Explain how you will optimise costs for the Authority and deliver value for money. (5%)
  • Explain how you plan to retain key resources for the duration of the contract. (5%)
  • Explain how you propose to provide training and knowledge transfer to the CORTISONE Programme team. This should include how you will provide input in to documents for knowledge transfer.(5%)
Cultural fit criteria
  • Evidence of a willingness to take ownership of problems and issues at their own initiative to ensure a successful outcome. (2%)
  • Evidence of collaborative approach to problem solving with stakeholders from multiple organisations, including Civil Servants, other contractors and vendors. (2%)
  • Evidence of an ability to adapt an agile methodology to align to a client’s governance and control process. (2%)
  • Evidence of working with clients with different levels of technical expertise. (2%)
Payment approach Capped time and materials
Assessment methods
  • Written proposal
  • Case study
  • Work history
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

62%

Cultural fit

8%

Price

30%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. A very wide range has been provided on the budget for this opportunity. Could the authority please elaborate on the thinking behind this? The Authority does not disclose its budget but wish to provide an indicator as to the likely value of effort that might be needed.
2. Can the authority clarify if the supplier staff need to be SC cleared ahead of the joining date and/or the SC clearance of the staff can be undertaken by the MoD post contract? The Authority would prefer the Company, at its own cost, commence the SC process for their proposed staff during the formal bidding process.
3. Please can the Authority clarify the tendering and down-select process? Are bidders required to respond to the essential & nice-to-have skills AND provide a written, costed proposal by xxxx? Or is this a pre-filtering stage for skills only, to be followed by a proposal evaluation at a later stage. In either case please can you indicate when you will be inviting suppliers for presentations and the date by which you intend to announce your decision? The Authority seeks to understand by 11th September if bidders have the necessary skills and experience to perform the tasks required. Thereafter down selected bidders will be invited to provide further information including a proposal and pricing, these will be evaluated for evaluation. They may then be asked to attend a presentation/interview. Dates reserved for presentation/Interviews are 17th, 18th and 19th October 2017, at MoD Corsham
4. We assume the scope of testing includes assessment of the COTS packages operating in an integrated manner, rather than standalone. Is this assumption correct? The ability to mount and test multiple applications on a single environment implies a degree of technical configuration and/or parametrisation and potentially technical integration with the environment, other applications or both. To what extent does the Authority see this as part of the scope? What obligations have been placed on the COTS providers to bring COTS expertise to assist with installation, configuration and integration? A high level Evaluation and Assessment Strategy will form part of the ITT. The process entails assessment of installing & operating individual COTS solutions in accordance to vendor instructions. The HE will be provided by the Authority and is to be representative of the future Med IS “live” HE. This includes some tools and services. The TEAIrS Partner is expected to integrate the COTS solutions with tools and services as well as one or more integration hub COTS solutions and external (simulated) interfaces.
COTS providers will have offered call-off services to assist. The Authority will define operational and governance processes.
5. Please can the Authority share the Test and Strategy Plan? Please can the Authority describe the AE, in order that a technical understanding of installation & integration can be developed? Please describe the tooling that is available for the testing, admin and management activities A high level Test Strategy and Test Plan will be provided as part of the formal ITT for this procurement to enable bidders to demonstrate understanding and value add in their respective proposal. This will include consideration of the following:
- Integration and interoperation of COTS solutions.
- Load testing.
- Performance testing.
- Network infrastructure virtualisation.
- Functional testing and automated testing.
The vendors providing COTS Solutions will also specify other software their Lot Solution are dependent on. This information will not be available until after their ITT submissions have be received and preferred bidder has been identified
6. Regarding paragraph 21 of the “Further Information for Suppliers” document which states “much of the work may be undertaken at the supplier’s premises”. Can you clarify the percentage and nature of activities a supplier might perform from their own facilities and should they be list x facilities? Efficiency and effectiveness for planning assessment and evaluation, initial hosting environment configuration, resolution of issues and review of results is expected to involve on-site working. The assessment and evaluation hosted environment will operate at OFFICIAL for Phase 1 and Phase 2 therefore the HE will be accessible over a standard internet connection, allowing off-site working. Elements of Phase 3 will require working from one or more of the identified MoD sites for testing over MoD’s infrastructure
7. What is the current tool stack for testing including those for test and defect management, automation, configuration and version control, environment management? The Authority is in the process of finalising the specification for the suite of test administration and management, test automation and network and performance virtualisation testing tools. The Authority’s preference is to use MoD’s existing licenses, where practicable, to satisfy the test tooling requirements (e.g. Spira Test, Rapise 5 and NewLoad).
8. As part of the testing will there be a need for the TEAIrS Partner to obfuscate the test data or should we assume it will be obfuscated before being shared with the supplier? The Authority’s working assumption is that the bulk of the test data, which the TEAIrS Partner will assist in planning and preparing, will be dummy data. Where this is not practical, the Authority will use an accredited third party to provide obfuscated data as part of a potential GFx provision.
9. Is there a list that details the different data transfer protocols across the interfaces and systems (internal and/or external) that can be shared by the authority? The COTS solutions have to comply with the CORTISONE functional and non-functional requirements. In relation to transfer protocols, the requirements state the COTS solutions need to support international standards: READ2, CTV3, SNOMEDT CT, HL7, FHIR, DICOM, etc.
10. Other than the COTS products that are being procured as part of the Lots, what other authority systems are to be integrated as part of this assessment and evaluation? For the evaluation and assessment exercise, only COTS solutions are to be integrated. However, the assessment hosted environment will include provision for simulation of external interfaces (e.g. NHS, JPA and NATO Allies). These simulated external interfaces will need to be integrated with the COTS ecosystems.
11. How many external services are expected to be interfaced/ integrated with the CORTISONE Ecosystems? For the assessment and evaluation of COTS solutions, the priority external interfaces that need to be integrated are with the NHS (i.e. Summary Care Record), NATO, the Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) system and IDAM (the MoD’s Identity and Access Management system).
12. What level of assurance are the COTS suppliers expected to undertake before it being deployed on the assessment environment and what level of visibility will the TEAIrS partner have into the COTS suppliers testing and assurance? The COTS solution providers will have declared that their products satisfy the Award Criteria in the CORTISONE ITT. For example for Lot 1, the Award Criteria includes: “The Authority judges that the solution proposed requires little or no effort … to maintain and govern.” Therefore, the COTS suppliers will not be testing and assuring their own products. Furthermore, in Phase 1 of the evaluation and assessment the TEAIrS partner will be expected to assess the ease with which vendor installation and operation instructions can be followed. Vendors will support the assessment activity which will be enacted by the TEAIrS partner.
13. Will the roles like the Test Manager, Product Owner, etc. mentioned in the SE&E be provided by the Authority? The TEAIrS Partner Requirements, which form part of the ITT, clearly show the proposed Governance team structure. The TEAIrS partner is only expected to fill the role ‘Technical Evaluation Applications Integration Architectural Services Partner (Lead)’.
14. Will the suppliers or vendors customise or configure their products before or during the Assessment phase? One aim of the assessment and evaluation process is to establish the ease with which COTS vendor solutions can be configured and integrated in accordance to their documented instructions. However, given that these are complex COTS solutions, the Authority will facilitate access to vendor specialists under an agreed vendor call-off arrangement to support the TEAIrS Partner in the set-up and configuration of the COTS solutions.
15. Will the environment being set up for the installation of the COTS products also cater to external interfaces for testing? The evaluation and assessment hosted environment will include services (e.g. file server) to enable the TEAIRS partner to develop simulated interfaces (e.g. data files).
16. Are all the COTS products expected to be on premise; if not will it be SaaS or PaaS? The purpose of the evaluation and assessment process is to assess and evaluate the operation, interoperability and interoperation of all COTS solutions in a simulated “live” Private Cloud virtualised environment (for fixed and deployed) to be managed by the MoD as the Prime Systems Integrator. For this reason, all COTS solutions will be provided for installation and operation on the assessment hosted environment.
17. Could the authority indicate the external integration requirements for the COTS products and what is the authority’s understanding of the capability of the COTS suppliers and/or integration engine to interface with the external systems? For the assessment and evaluation of COTS solutions, the main external interfaces that need to be integrated are with the NHS (i.e. Summary Care Record), NATO, the Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) system and IDAM (the MoD’s Identity and Access Management system). It is likely that for assessment and evaluation purposes, these external interfaces will be simulated. The integration engine COTS solutions are expected to support a range of standard APIs (e.g. REST and HL7 FHIR).
18. Can the authority advise what data transformation, validations and messaging is needed at the integration layer? The data transformation, validations and messaging is expected to depend on the Test Scenarios, Test Scripts and Test Data. These will reflect the CORTISONE requirements for the COTS solutions. The other factor will be the interoperability standards and data transformation tools supported by the Lot 1 COTS solutions (Health Information Exchange, HIX)
19. Can the authority indicate if encryption/decryption is needed at message level? Any digital signature requirements at message level? For the Solution Evolution & Evaluation (SE&E) based assessment and evaluation, there are no non-functional requirements in relation to encryption of messages. However, imaging COTS solutions may support encryption and decryption capabilities which may require testing. There may be a requirement for encryption for interfaces between NHS, MoD and other 3rd parties. This will become clear once the Test Strategy is completed.
20. We believe that the authority is sourcing an integration engine as part of their other market procurement. Can the authority confirm so and if yes, is this engine expected to be open source? The CORTISONE ITT Lot 1 covers the requirements for the Health Information Exchange (HIX), which will include the integration engine capability. At PQQ stage, as with the other Lots, 10 vendor products were to be considered for the ITT stage. The final set of COTS for Lot 1 will not be known until the ITT responses have been evaluated.
21. Can the authority indicate what message level security is needed? For the Solution Evolution & Evaluation (SE&E) based assessment and evaluation, there are no non-functional requirements in relation to encryption of messages. However, imaging COTS solutions may support encryption and decryption capabilities which may require testing.
22. Do we need to consider end point registration? And/or end point authentication? The assessment hosted environment will provide identity and access management (IDAM) services. The COTS solutions are expected to interoperate with the IDAM for end-point management. The Primary Care COTS solution may use a Smart Card registration service linked to the IDAM. In addition, there may be a need to access the assessment and evaluation environment by end user using ModNet for limited functional testing and this will also be managed by the IDAM within the hosted environment.
23. Is there any requirement to manage transactions across multiple end points? In the final stages of the evaluation and assessment process, up to three ecosystems will be identified that represent the candidate solutions for the “live” Medical Information Services (Med IS). The core COTS for these ecosystems will be the Lot 1 based integration engine. The nature of transaction and/or service management will be determined by the underlying architecture pattern supported by each of the integration engines.
24. Can the authority indicate the volume of messages to be handled through the integration layer? The Test Strategy will be provided to the successful bidder for the role of the TEAIrS partner. This will set-out the requirements for the TEAIrS partner to develop Test Scenarios and Test Scripts. At this point, there will be an indication of the volume of messaging. The other main factor will be the architectural patterns that emerges for the ecosystems for the interaction between the integration engine and the data analytics COTS solutions.
25. Is building fault tolerance part of the architecture? The evaluation and assessment hosted environment will include the required fault tolerance. In addition, the integration engine is expected to include appropriate transaction recovery under failure.
26. Is there any requirement to manage workflow across multiple end points? The CORTISONE functional requirement includes workflow management to reflect logical patient pathways. The management of these workflows will be reflected in the anticipated COTS solutions, particularly as part of the Lot 1 Health Information Exchange (HIX) candidate solutions. How the workflows will be implemented, will depend on the integration pattern support by the candidate HIX COTS solutions.
27. Is there any requirement to persist data/requests/messages at integration layer? Programme CORTISONE will be procuring standard COTS solutions to satisfy the CORTISONE requirements which have been configured as nine Lots which represent standard COTS solutions for healthcare. One of these Lots is for the Health Information Exchange (HIX). The requirement for this will be satisfied by, in part, by a COTS solution that supports an integration engine. The functionality that candidate integration engines support, which could include message/data persistence, will be assessed and evaluated against the requirements.
28. Do we need to consider any analytics or reporting requirements? Programme CORTISONE requirements have been configured around nine Lots which represent standard healthcare COTS solutions. Lot 2 is for a health and data analytics capability. The scope of assessment and evaluation required for analytics and reporting will be defined by the Test Strategy, which will be the Authority’s responsibility, and the Test Scenarios and Test Scripts to be prepared TEAIrS Partner.
29. Who would be doing administration of integration layer? Will the authority sourced integration solution have a User Interface based administration solution? The purpose of the evaluation and assessment is to assess and evaluate the functional and non-functional capabilities of COTS solutions, including the COTS solution which will include the integration engine. The TEAIrS partner will prepare Test Scenarios and Test Scripts, and these will include assessment for the ease with which a COTS solution can be configured, including the integration engine COTS. The specific functionality (e.g. User Interface) of the COTS solutions being offered is not known at this point as the procurement is still underway.
30. Apart from NHS Digital, are there applications from any other organisations need to be integrated? For the assessment and evaluation of COTS solutions, the main external interfaces that need to be integrated are with the NHS (all four nations), NATO, the Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) system and IDAM (the MoD’s Identity and Access Management system). It is like that for assessment and evaluation purposes, these external interfaces will be simulated.
31. Are there any requirements to transfer large documents/big data across endpoints? Does integration engine need to hold any documents? The purpose of the evaluation and assessment process is to assess and evaluate the candidate COTS solutions, both functional and non-functional aspects. The CORTISONE requirements do include the processing, receipt from NHS and archiving of images. The precise functionality to be assessed and evaluated by the integration engine, for image management, will be addressed as part of Test Strategy (Authority responsibility) and the Test Scenarios and Test Scripts by the TEAIrS partner. COTS solutions for Data Analytics will also be covered; the method of operation and technology to be used are not as yet known.
32. Can the authority share if the CORTISONE system will be deployed for languages other than English? If yes, what are the translation requirements? The CORTISONE solution will not be deployed for languages other than English. However, there will need to be consideration of the requirements as set out in the Welsh Language Act 1993 for interactions with NHS bodies in Wales. In addition, there is a requirement to translate incoming information in other languages into English (e.g. from NATO & Allies).
33. Can the authority share details of any specific messaging standards that will be used by International and private health organisations to feed into the CORTISONE or other MOD provided services? The Authority requires that the COTS solutions support international clinical standards, specifically HL7, FHIR, CDA and SNOMED-CT and technical standards such as REST and SOAP. The expectation is that all external interfaces will support NHS and industry standards.
34. Can you please confirm what your planned dates are for selected suppliers to provide a written proposal and for presentations to be given? Planned dates for the selected suppliers to provide a proposal is 29th September 2017. Suppliers subsequently selected for interview/presentation, the dates they would need to be available for are 17th, 18th and 19th October 2017.
35. Could you please detail the predicted timescales and format/word count, or other restrictions, for the second stage of this procurement after down select? The authority has provisionally planned a date of 11th September 2017 to issue the ITT. Successful bidders will need to respond by 29th September 2017 and suppliers subsequently selected for interview/presentation will need to be available 17th, 18th and 19th October 2017. The word count for the proposal is 2000 maximum. Other requirements are case studies (500 words), pen pictures for a number of roles (250 words) and a summary document (500 words). More information will be provided at stage 2 when the ITT is issued.
36. Could the authority advise if a template will be provided for the proposal or are the suppliers expected to use their own? Also is there a word count limit on the responses for the proposal as well? A proposal template (2000 words maximum) will be provided by the authority as part of the ITT pack for successful suppliers.
37. In respect to the time frame could the authority confirm that the original scope is to be delivered in 7 months + 3 months and the additional architectural scope is 24 months? The potential scope of works includes a specific Solution Evaluation & Assessment (SE&E) Phase and now also other Technical Evaluation Application Integration Architectural Services (TEAIrS) that are being sought from the Partner. Statement of Works will be aligned to Sprint activities. Therefore it’s expected to extended beyond the SE&E Phase so hence the time the contract is being sought for.
38. The original tender (issued 31/5/2017) was for a set of services for a budget range of £850k-£1.6m. The revised tender (issued 16/6/2017) required the same services plus an Architecture capability with an increase in budget to £2.2m. Is this understanding correct and could you offer a view of the expected volume of the Architecture service considering that additional budget and the 2 year timescale? Yes, the original service described in the previous advert, plus the Architecture capability is required. The new budget range is £850k-2.2m to reflect the potential for additional Technical Evaluation Application Integration Architectural Services. These will be set against Statement of Works and aligned to the Projects Sprint Activities.
39. Does the MOD have a firm view on the number of integrator support staff required between September and the end of calendar year 2017 and how many initial staff members are anticipated between September and October? The Authority is looking for support from the TEAIrS partner to undertake a number of Work Packages; the main ones, which are currently anticipated, will be described in the ITT. The TEAIrS partner will be able to use these to prepare a projection of staff numbers at various points in the programme
40. Does the authority have a User Researcher on this programme, who can be accessible to the selected supplier through the course of this programme? The Authority does have a Business Analyst who will undertake much of the User Research activity. The Authority expects the TEAIrS Solution Architects with a Business Architecture expertise to manage scope and support this activity (with support from the CORTISONE Product Owner and Product Manager).
41. To what extent has the authority identified the User Needs and mapped them to the user requirements and test strategy? The CORTISONE programme has published the full set of business, user and non-functional requirements as part of the ITT for COTS solutions for nine Lots for Themes 1 & 2. The Authority is expecting the TEAIrS partner to be guided by the Test Strategy and Test Plan to prepare Test Scenarios and Test Scripts, which will be related to the published requirements and support the evidence collection for the Solution Evolution & Evaluation process. Furthermore, to support the functional evaluation, the Authority expects the TEAIrS partner to take the lead in preparing business prioritised Use Cases and patient journey analysis.
42. I have requested the further information available as suggested but haven't received anything yet. It would appear there is a problem with the e-mail address provided. Please re-submit your request to ISS Comrcl-NEHub-C1-01@mod.uk copied to John.Witherspoon100@mod.uk
43. On the basis of only Work packages 1 & 2 being currently funded what is the budget range for the work? The anticipated value of WP’s 1 & 2 is between £90K and £125K.
44. It is mentioned that funding has been currently approved for WP1 and WP2. Could the Authority confirm if the supplier/partner selected will be the partner for the entire programme across the 24 month duration and will continue to work on further work packages, as and when approved? The Authority expects that the supplier/partner selected will be the partner for the duration of this contract and will work on further work packages identified/planned within this period as and when approved. However, the Authority reserves the right to halt the award of further work packages and/or terminate the contract early, in line with the Standard DOS call off contract T&Cs.
45. REF: Q1 The wording for Question 1 has been amended to remove the following language “architecture” plus “in a hub and spoke interoperability architecture” and further adds language “…for NHS bodies”, would the MoD consider amending this question further to “NHS or National Military Health Systems” ? If not, can the MoD clarify if the submission of experience specific to implementing COTS medical information system for a National Military Health System other than the UK NHS is still eligible for credit under the published scoring system or if such a submission would be considered non-compliant and receive a 0 score? We have reformulated the assessment criteria to better match the needs of Programme CORTISONE. Essential Criteria #1 reflects the fact that MoD’s Defence Medical Service (DMS) wishes to benefit from COTS solutions developed for the NHS and therefore MoD requires a Business Partner with experience of implementing interoperability solutions within the NHS, hence the inclusion of this in the Essential Skills criteria.