Development of PSP3

As the PSP 2 framework ends on 28 April 2019, the Executive Board discussed a replacement for the PSP2 framework at its meeting in November 2017. They agreed that some soft market testing should be done; with agreement on how best to make the opportunity as attractive to the market as possible.

It is evident that there is a high level of interest in the framework but it is recognised that there will need to be a move away from the single supplier model to avoid a similar situation to what occurred during the procurement process of PSP2 in 2015.

The Prior Information Notice (PIN) Notice was issued in January 2018 asking for industry views on how procurement should be organised and 15 responses have been received.

A working group has been set up and this has identified three options to take forward. Details of these have been released in the latest PIN, released on Tuesday 15 May – this can be viewed here

Suppliers were asked to make their comments via the pro contract system.

These were reviewed by MHA Executive Board in mid-June who preferred a four lot option, two for Professional Services and two for secondments.

Following feedback from the presentation at the MHA 2018 annual event, work has continued on developing the framework document. As a result, at its meeting in October 2018, the Executive Board agreed to the framework consisting of two lots, one for Professional Services and one for secondments.

There will be two suppliers on each lot

update 01/03

A team of assessors from across the MHA have started to mark the tender submissions for the Professional Services Framework, and we should know the outcome before the end of March. There was a healthy interest from the industry in the framework, which consists of two lots, Professional Services and Secondments, with two suppliers being appointed to each lot.