Start date: Thursday 10 May 2018
Value: £41,667.67
Company size: SME
Public Health England

Food and Environmental Proficiency Testing Unit (FEPTU)

2 Incomplete applications

1 SME, 1 large

4 Completed applications

2 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Monday 5 February 2018
Deadline for asking questions
Monday 12 February 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 19 February 2018 at 11:59pm GMT


Summary of the work
To perform discovery to investigate the user needs of Food and Environmental Proficiency Testing Unit (FEPTU) site users and customers across the commercial and GOV.UK domains
Latest start date
Monday 26 March 2018
Expected contract length
8 weeks
Organisation the work is for
Public Health England
Budget range
£50,000 including VAT

About the work

Why the work is being done
Discovery will investigate user needs and review options available. This will include consideration of the existing Culture Collections commercial platform. Both FEPTU and Culture collections provide a service or a product that is used in food and water microbiology laboratories as part of their quality assurance programmes, with largely the same customers. Exploration is required to determine if having a single platform for food and water customers would make it easier for PHE to co-market what is provided or if a shared platform would facilitate easier customer registration and users could visit one website to know about FEPTU services.
Problem to be solved
Gather user needs in order to determine the approach and features needed for the FEPTU Digital Service. The findings from this discovery phase will then allow definition of the actual specification of the web content and design which are based on user experience and information. The aim is to have more user-friendly web pages that are informative, easy to navigate and includes the ability to pay online for services
Who the users are and what they need to do
PHE Staff who need to access customer information to generate logistical and customer paperwork with unique identification information.
Approximately 5000 Food & Water Microbiology Laboratory users per month. The makeup of which is 1/3 UK and 2/3 overseas. (approximately 800 laboratories in 70 countries). Typically, transactions are the users being able to return test results, check quality standards, access certificates/individualised reports and find information on schemes that currently exist.
The needs of UK and overseas users is not expected to fundamentally differ as long as “plain English” is used.
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
Existing team
PHE have a specialist team and a digital team who the supplier will be working with
Current phase

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
The work can be performed from any location, but is likely to be co-ordinated by staff in PHE’s London Offices.
Working arrangements
Work may be carried out from multiple locations including the Supplier’s offices. Attendance at PHE Offices in London and in other locations around England will be required for meetings. Supplier staff are expected to be on-site at PHE locations sufficient to manage relationships with senior stakeholders; the exemplar project team and users; and, stakeholders and users in other organisations so that the outcomes of the project may be met.
Security clearance
Not required, DBS checks may be required

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
  • Recent and demonstrable experience in conducting the discovery phase relating to the use of digital solutions in similar specialist projects
  • Experience in assessing the benefits and validity of single platform vs shared platform
  • Recent and demonstrable experience of applying the principles of user centred design to the development of digital solutions.
  • Recent and demonstrable experience of designing and/or assessing digital tools to meet the needs of the users.
  • Recent and demonstrable experience of designing e-commerce sites.
  • Recent and demonstrable experience of analysis and optimisation of e-commerce user journeys including pain points.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Recent/demonstrable experience of delivering projects that have passed an assessment by GDS or a Governmental Department showing conformance to the Digital Service Standard (including Assisted Digital guidance).
  • Experience in Open Source shared technology: Java (e-commerce site), Tomcat (server), SOLR/Lucene (search), jQuery (front end scripting), #Bootstrap (stylesheet core), Umbraco (content management system)
  • Experience in Open standards shared technology HTML 5 and 4: front end/marketplace, XML or REST API: data exchange third parties, interfaces into Oracle accounts, CSS 3: front end/marketplace
  • Experience in Operating System: Windows 2012 Database, MS SQL Server 2012 or higher
  • Experience in designing a road map for development of a digital service including supporting cases of GOV.UK exemptions.
  • Experience of working with a range of users and stakeholders including scientific experts, international users and distributors, technical and digital development teams
  • Recent and demonstrable experience of designing systems to manage personally identifying information under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many suppliers to evaluate
Proposal criteria
  • P1) Proposed approach to Discovery to determine/demonstrate how digital tools could contribute to the redesign of the FEPTU web services (including E-commerce capability), incorporating existing PHE/local digital tools (30 points)
  • P2) Proposed approach to identifying triggers and pain points in the redesigning process that could be improved with digital interventions (15 points)
  • P3) Understanding what primary functionality is required to attract and meet user needs and approach to conducting user research, including mapping user journeys (15 points)
  • P4) Approach to identifying service specific KPI’s (10 points)
Cultural fit criteria
  • Working with the project team’s stakeholders who have varying experience of agile methods. (4 points)
  • Flexible working arrangements and knowledge sharing. (3 Points)
  • Work within the constraints of existing services, budgets and technologies already used within the programme. (3 points)
Payment approach
Capped time and materials
Assessment methods
  • Written proposal
  • Case study
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. How much access will we be able to get to genuine representative end users?
You should be able to contact end users directly
2. What insights already exists about the current user base and their information priorities?
Customer facing mailbox contains useful data like frequently asked questions for example details on scheme design availability, invoice queries and technical enquiries.
3. What analytics are currently in place / regularly reviewed / of site usage?
Monthly reports are available from Google Analytics via It contains information like number of visitors, page views, bounce rate etc.
4. What feedback channels currently exist / how are these reviewed?
Customer satisfaction survey(every two years), participants face to face meeting (every 18 month), steering group meeting (six montly) and regular feedback from distributors, Food and water conferences (approx 3-4 per year) and customer emails. Reviewed is carried out periodically
5. Who owns the current website (is it cross departmental / siloed) or centrally owned / administered?
FEPTU currently resides on (owned by UK Government), the content is managed by FEPTU team adhering strictly to guidelines