This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Tuesday 14 November 2017
Department of Health

Overseas healthcare service – senior technical architect

9 Incomplete applications

9 SME, 0 large

21 Completed applications

17 SME, 4 large

Important dates

Tuesday 7 November 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 9 November 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 14 November 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Technical Architect
Summary of the work
Work with DH and DWP security and IT teams on issues such as data security and data transfer. Liaise with external interfaces and organisations, including the EU. Be the DH technical face for communications and other government departments.
Latest start date
Monday 27 November 2017
Expected contract length
Organisation the work is for
Department of Health
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
You will be working in a mixed civil servant/supplier team, alongside a digital transformation lead and senior user researcher as well as policy civil servants. You will also be working with a delivery team, based in Washington, Tyne and Wear, which is delivering digital products.
What the specialist will work on
The overseas healthcare service allows UK citizens to use State provided healthcare in the European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland. It also allows insured EEA citizens to access the NHS in the UK. The categories of people covered are insured State Pensioners, recipients of exportable social security benefits, posted workers, citizens who require planned treatment and temporary visitors. The programme is a redesign of the service.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
39 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0EU
Working arrangements
Largely based in London , colocated with the service manager and programme team, to ensure that transformation reflects strategic policy concerns and user need. Regular travel to Washington to work with suppliers based there. Expenses limited to travel and accommodation with a cap of £600 per month.
Security clearance

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
  • Track record of working on enterprise architecture projects in support of strategy development.
  • Experience of strategic alignment of technical architecture and design to meet clients’ business, digital and technology drivers and objectives.
  • Track record in designing and evolving the most appropriate solution/technical architecture to meet client requirements, fully integrating across different environments and technologies.
  • Experience in delivering citizen / customer-centric strategies and solutions
  • Experience of working within a large-scale transformation programme / environment.
Nice-to-have skills and experience

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers, forming effective working relationships.
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes.
  • Share knowledge and experience with other team members. Challenge the status quo.
  • Can work with clients and colleagues with low technical expertise and can articulate complex matters in an understandable manner
Assessment methods
Work history
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. What is the assesment method
We will also want to conduct interviews for this requirement
2. Will this role fall within IR35?
The framework guidance states the following and the Department would conduct these checks with the succesful supplier, but expects it to be the case in advance;

"If you need a digital specialist

You can only use the Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework for workers who meet the rules for working off-payroll (known as ‘outside IR35’). You’re responsible for checking whether workers meet the rules. "

Link to the guidance:
3. Just to clarify, I thought the responsibility for IR35 resided with the hiring organisation? I can only assume that this role will fall within IR35
The guidance on IR35 States;

"Public authorities are responsible for deciding if off-payroll working rules apply in the public sector.

The person providing services through their own intermediary will need to provide information to the public authority to help them make their decision."

To reiterate the previous answer, we beleive that this role falls outside IR35
4. Do you have a supplier in mind to provide the ideal candidate for this role due to their being no listed skills?
5. Will the contract end at the end of March or will there be any chance of an extension?
Current spend approval is to the end of March
6. What is the rate on this opportunity?
We would prefer you as the prospective supplier to infrom us of the possible rates
7. "Regular travel to Washington to work with suppliers based there", but also that "Expenses limited to travel and accommodation with a cap of £600 per month". A return trip from London to Newcastle/Washington can cost £200 or more by rail, so the expense budget limits travel to Washington to just 1 or 2 days per month. Is this the intention?
An advance ticket to Newcastle is around £80 (or cheaper). The expectation is that travel would be, in the very least,attendance at show and tells (every two weeks on a Tuesday).
8. Security Clearance
Basic Disclosure Scotland