Decision details

Contract award for outreach and training for Targeted Testing at Scale

Decision Maker: Chief Executive/Accountable Officer NHS Oldham CCG

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

The TTaS programme aims to offer twice weekly testing to people who cannot work from home and do not have symptoms of coronavirus.
Much of the current delivery model was able to mobilise at pace as the Council drew upon exemptions to procurement rules. To deliver at scale there were no alternatives to the current providers and current operating model.
To continue offering targeted testing at pace to workforces and business settings, Oldham needs outreach testing provision. In addition, training to support settings intending to establish themselves as a test site is to be provided, or support staff eligible for home testing.
Oldham Council has worked to commission a provider for the provision of Targeted Testing at Scale (TTaS) longer term provision – Outreach Testing and Training through an open competitive tendering procedure.
It was agreed on 16th February 2021 for the Chief Executive to use emergency powers in consultation with Councillor Fielding, Leader of the Council and Councillor Shah portfolio holder for COVID-19, to award the contract following completion of the tender evaluation processes, on behalf of the Council.
The recommendation is to award the contract for the Targeted Testing at Scale (TTaS) longer term provision – Outreach Testing and Training to BARDOC. Once approval is acquired, the final due diligence checks will be carried out and the contract awarded, subject to satisfactory outcomes of the checks.
The contract term is for a period of one year up to the end of 31 March 2022 with a value of £14 payable for each test completed in line with the requirements of the specification. Results uploaded to the national portal will be payable at this unit price regardless of positive, negative or void outcome. There is an option to extend the contract for up to a further one year.
The recommendation is subject to successful completion of a 5-day standstill period.

Decision:

RESOLVED -
To award the contract for the provision of Oldham’s Targeted Testing at Scale (TTaS) longer term provision – Outreach Testing and Training as part of Oldham’s strategy to contain, manage and ultimately defeat Coronavirus. A change to the existing model is required to maximise cost effectiveness and ensure the service does not create a financial deficit for the Council.

Reasons for the decision:

Option 1: Stand down the targeted testing at scale on the 31st March 2021.
Option 2: To award the contract in accordance with the results of the tendering exercise.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1: Stand down the targeted testing at scale on the 31st March 2021.

Publication date: 30/03/2021

Date of decision: 16/03/2021

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