NHS Improvement. NHS Trust Development Authority will be the Contracting Authority.

NHS Improvement Junior Technology Talent

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
13 SME, 5 large

Completed application

Completed application
1 SME, 0 large
Important dates
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Published Friday 8 February 2019
Deadline for asking questions Friday 15 February 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Friday 22 February 2019 at 11:59pm GMT


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Summary of the work Supplier Briefing Teleconference: 11/02/19 @ 16:30. Provision of Junior Consultants to deliver digital outcomes for national projects to improve productivity and patient care. Contributing to Data&Analytical product and services delivery, covering full product development lifecycle. Disciplines include; BA, development, data analytics, technical infrastructure, operations. Option to transfer to permanent required.
Latest start date Monday 8 April 2019
Expected contract length Up to 2 years
Location London
Organisation the work is for NHS Improvement. NHS Trust Development Authority will be the Contracting Authority.
Budget range Up to £900,000 including all rates, fees and expenses, excluding VAT.

About the work

About the work
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Why the work is being done To address the dual challenges of ongoing need for cost effective technology talent and the lack of a formal Technology Graduate Programme in the NHS, NHS Improvement’s Technology & Data function requires a delivery partner to provide high calibre Junior Technology Talent at affordable rates to meet the immediate digital outcome needs of the organisation and provide NHS Improvement with the option to transition these resources to permanent employees in the future. The consultants are anticipated to undergo digital & soft skill training via a supplier academy / post-graduate programme, in advance of delivering for NHSI.
Problem to be solved The provision of high calibre, cost effective junior technology resource to contribute to delivery of Technical & Data digital priorities, in the absence of a Technology Graduate Program in NHS. With NHS Improvement permission, the pursuant contract may be used by wider NHS bodies.

As part of the shortlisting process, Suppliers need to demonstrate a proven track record in the provision of high quality Junior staff trained and proficient in several/all of the following areas; Tech operations management, Agile Project Management, DevOps Engineering, Agile Business Analysis, Software Engineering, Quality Assurance, Tech Operational Support, Information Governance, User Experience.
Who the users are and what they need to do As a technology delivery team manager, in need of both short-term and medium/long-term resource to develop and support digital products built and delivered by NHS Improvement, we need access to cost effective junior technology resource, to deliver and develop for NHS Improvement. The option to transition high performing junior consultants to permanent staff will help tackle recruitment challenges in the digital space.
Early market engagement Supplier Briefing Teleconference on Wednesday 11 February at 16:30 (please login for further details).
Any work that’s already been done N/A
Existing team The Technology Talent will work as part of blended groups consisting of both permanent and third-party Supplier resource staff - working on agile projects across the full product development lifecycle, as part of cross-functional teams.
Current phase Not applicable

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Primarily London: Wellington House, 133-155 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8UG, potentially with work in NHS offices across England.
Working arrangements Members of the supplier team should be on-site (London, Wellington House, SE1 and other locations) as required, to support an agile delivery.

Junior consultants shall contribute specific outcomes, under the Supplier's responsibility. Through a Supplier provided account manager, the consultants will be deployed across a variety of projects with substitution and swap-out available. When SOWs conclude, we may offer high performing consultants the option to apply for permanent positions. Permanent appointments will be to separate, substantive roles.
Security clearance Resources may be required to undergo DBS checks.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions All IPR created in the course of contract and SOW delivery shall be retained by NHS Improvement.

Additional special terms may be required to administer transition of junior consultant resource to permanent NHS employment (where required). These shall be discussed at proposal stage, following shortlisting.

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
  • Demonstrate a track record in provision of high quality Junior staff trained and proficient in several/all of the areas referenced in the 'Problem to be solved' field above. (30 Points)
  • Demonstrate a breadth and depth of technical training undertaken by consultants, in advance of joining the client. (20 Points)
  • Demonstrate a breadth and depth of soft skill training for business environments, undertaken by consultants, in advance of joining the client. (20 Points)
  • Demonstrate how the training is continuously improved and kept up to date. (10 Points)
  • Demonstrate an ability to tailor training to the needs of clients, including client specific technologies & disciplines, in advance of joining the client (20 Points)
  • Demonstrate an ability to react to client requirements and changes in the level of demand at short notice, e.g. a need to ramp up resources. (20 Points)
  • Demonstrate suitable training facilities (academy/programme) to develop consultants in line with our summary requirements. (20 Points)
Nice-to-have skills and experience

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many suppliers to evaluate 4
Proposal criteria
  • What is your approach and methodology to meeting our requirements and challenges. (30 points).
  • What is your team structure and resources to support your solution. (20 points)
  • Consultant assessment and selection on to your development programme/academy. (20 points)
  • Consultant training processes and facilities to develop and make available high calibre candidates, to meet client requirements. (20 points)
  • Your approach to transitioning consultants to NHS employment post/during placements, where required. (20 points)
  • Established processes and systems to positively resolve issues that may arise with the junior consultants provided to clients. (10 Points)
  • Identification of risks and dependencies and proposed mitigations to manage them. (10 points)
  • What lessons have been learned from similar engagements and how will you apply these to this requirement and setting. (10 points)
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers. (10 points).
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes. (10 points).
Payment approach Time and materials
Assessment methods
  • Written proposal
  • Case study
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. BUSINESS CASE STATUS: The business case is pending external approval from DHSC. Any contract award is subject to approval being received.
2. 2. SUPPLIERS' BRIEFING MEETING DATE AND TIME: Please note the Suppliers' briefing meeting will take place on Wednesday 13 February at 16:30 and NOT 11 February. The 11 February date was published in error.
The deadline for asking questions about this opportunity was Friday 15 February 2019.