Programme CORTISONE Industry Day – 28 January 2019

Date: 28 January 2019

Time: 13:00-17:00

Venue: techUK, 10 Bride Street, LONDON EC4A 4AD

This announcement invites suppliers to register for a CORTISONE Industry Day event that will provide an update on the CORTISONE Programme within the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). This Industry Day will provide:

  • An update on the overall procurement approach;
  • More detailed information on the procurement of client-side Design, Develop and Deliver Services;
  • Further information on the procurement of an Integration Platform and an Enterprise Master Patient Index; and
  • Opportunities for questions and answers and networking.

How do I register for this event?

This CORTISONE Industry Day will be hosted at techUK and will be open to all interested suppliers. To register for this event please use the following link to the techUK website: https://www.techuk.org/events/briefing/item/14386-programme-cortisone-industry-day.

If you have any queries please send an email to Dan Patefield at dan.patefield@techuk.org. Please note that spaces are limited. If you register and then subsequently cannot attend, please transfer or release your place.

What is Programme CORTISONE?

The aim of Programme CORTISONE is to deliver an integrated ecosystem of medical information services to the Defence Medical Services. The programme vision is to deliver ‘a sustainable, integrated, cohesive and enduring information capability that will fully and effectively support the delivery of evidence-based medical and dental health and healthcare outputs, to achieve the Aim of the Defence Medical Services (DMS)’ – which is to Promote, Protect and Restore the health of the Defence population in order to maximise their fitness for role, while maintaining an occupational focus and an operational edge.

A multi-million-pound (CAT B) programme, with global reach and operations equivalent in size to two large CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) and a Community Trust, CORTISONE looks to procure a full suite of healthcare software from multiple healthcare product/service suppliers, together with Design, Develop and Deliver services. It is anticipated that elements of the ecosystem will be re-competed on a regular basis to ensure the best solutions are being delivered to users, giving an ongoing opportunity for market players to get involved with the ecosystem on a long-term basis.

MOD is looking for a range of companies to engage with the programme, delivering a full suite of healthcare software to meet use-cases and patient-journey-defined functional requirements. With the modular nature of the procurement allowing innovation, all suppliers are encouraged to take a leading role in the delivery of functionality.

The CORTISONE Programme has engaged with suppliers through an Industry Day on 17 May 2018 and through a series of Discovery Days, where it has invited potential suppliers to present information on services and demonstrate products to relevant technical and business staff from the CORTISONE Programme.  These Discovery Days have addressed:

  • Primary Healthcare
  • Dental Healthcare
  • Integration Platforms
  • Enterprise Master Patient Index
  • Document Management

CORTISONE is also looking to the future and will exploit innovation to align with NHS strategy, virtualise healthcare and integrate with services across the healthcare sector. This may include telemedicine, patient record integration with the NHS and other patient databases and patient condition tracking.

Programme Cortisone: Notice of Request for Information Relating to a Draft Statement of Requirement for Design, Develop and Deliver Services

This announcement invites interested suppliers to request access to the draft Statement of Requirement for Design, Develop and Deliver Services for the CORTISONE Programme within the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD).

Following on from the CORTISONE Industry Day on 17 May 2018 at Tech UK in London and a series of Discovery Days (July to November 2018) the CORTISONE Programme is issuing a Request for Information (RFI). This RFI invites interested suppliers to read and provide feedback on the draft Statement of Requirement for the programme’s planned procurement of a Service Provider to supply Design, Develop and Deliver Services.

Responding to this announcement is voluntary and does not start the official procurement process for the CORTISONE requirement. It should be noted that all information released in relation to this RFI is released on a without commitment basis, is subject to change and does not signal the start of a formal procurement process. The CORTISONE team intends to provide further details of the procurement itself early in 2019. The programme team will be seeking to procure these services through a framework, where possible.

The Design, Develop and Deliver Services Partner is a client-side service. The CORTISONE approach to service provision may lead to conflicts of interest where a supplier considers that it has the capability to meet potential requirements for both client-side and supplier-side services. MOD will only permit suppliers to operate on both the client and supplier side providing any actual or potential conflicts of interest can be satisfactorily managed so as to avoid any unfair distortion in competition. Existing CORTISONE suppliers will also need to demonstrate that actual or potential conflicts of interest can be satisfactorily managed.

What are the Design, Develop and Deliver Services?

Programme CORTISONE is seeking to integrate a number of Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) products and services to provide medical information services (Med IS) for the UK MOD. MOD will remain the Design Authority, however the programme intends to procure Design, Develop and Deliver services to assist in the design, build and implementation of the solution.

The key elements of the services are as follows:

  • Design. MOD will remain the Design Authority. However, the Service Provider will assist MOD by designing services to maintain and further develop the overall solution architecture and design. This includes maintaining existing architectural artefacts and developing further architectural artefacts such as low-level design documents to determine how components will be integrated with the integration platform and the wider system. The Service Provider will be expected to work closely with the MOD Information Systems and Services (ISS) Design organisation and provide technical design advice to the programme. The Service Provider will also assist the programme team in product evaluation of suitable COTS products and services.

 

  • Develop. The Service Provider will support the programme team in the development of the Med IS ecosystem. This will include working with the CORTISONE Programme team and associated Defence Hosting programme(s) to set-up and maintain development, test, training and live environments. Assistance will also be required to install and configure the COTS products and services. The Service Provider is likely to need to undertake product trials and to design, build and evaluate a number of interfaces, working, if necessary, with relevant subject matter experts from the suppliers of COTS products and services or third-party specialists. The Service Provider will also need to support data management, including data migration and test data.

 

  • Deliver. The Service Provider will assist the Authority in ensuring full integration of procured components (Integration Platform, Clinical applications etc.) and support implementation, including integration with MOD-provided systems and services, e.g. Clinical User Management. The provider will also need to undertake transition activities such as release and deployment management, service validation and testing and to ensure smooth dual running with legacy services and Alpha, Beta and Live CORTISONE services. The Service Provider is likely to need to provide training services and develop Standard Operating Procedures. The Service Provider may need to provide Service Management in line with ISS policies and ITIL best practice, interfacing as necessary with other Service Management provision.

How do I receive the information?

Suppliers with an interest in Design, Develop and Deliver Services for CORTISONE are invited to request access to the RFI and Statement of Requirement by nominating up to two representatives from their company to receive the information via email.

The representatives should provide the following information to Michael.Yung101@mod.gov.uk:

  • Full name of company;
  • Full name of representative(s);
  • Company email address(es) of representative(s).

Please note that completed RFI questionnaires should be returned to the CORTISONE Team by 10:00 GMT on 21st December 2018.

No information provided in response to this RFI will be used in any way for the purpose of evaluating suppliers or their products in any future procurement process.

What is Programme CORTISONE?

The aim of Programme CORTISONE is to deliver an integrated ecosystem of medical information services to the Defence Medical Services. The programme vision is to deliver ‘a sustainable, integrated, cohesive and enduring information capability that will fully and effectively support the delivery of evidence-based medical and dental health and healthcare outputs, to achieve the Aim of the Defence Medical Services (DMS)’ – which is to Promote, Protect and Restore the health of the Defence population in order to maximise their fitness for role, while maintaining an occupational focus and an operational edge.

A multi-million-pound (CAT B) programme, with global reach and operations equivalent in size to two large CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) and a Community Trust, CORTISONE looks to procure a full suite of healthcare software from multiple healthcare product/service suppliers, together with Design, Develop and Deliver services. It is anticipated that elements of the ecosystem will be re-competed on a regular basis to ensure the best solutions are being delivered to users, giving an ongoing opportunity for market players to get involved with the ecosystem on a long-term basis.

MOD is looking for a range of companies to engage with the programme, delivering a full suite of healthcare software to meet use-cases and patient-journey-defined functional requirements. With the modular nature of the procurement allowing innovation, all suppliers are encouraged to take a leading role in the delivery of functionality.

The CORTISONE Programme has engaged with suppliers through an Industry Day on 17 May 2018 and through a series of Discovery Days, where it has invited potential suppliers to present information on services and demonstrate products to relevant technical and business staff from the CORTISONE Programme.  These Discovery Days have addressed:

  • Primary Healthcare
  • Dental Healthcare
  • Integration Platforms
  • Enterprise Master Patient Index
  • Document Management

CORTISONE is also looking to the future and will exploit innovation to align with NHS strategy, virtualise healthcare and integrate with services across the healthcare sector. This may include telemedicine, patient record integration with the NHS and other patient databases and patient condition tracking.

Counter-Explosive Ordnance Industry Briefing, 6 February 2019

Date: 6 February 2019

Venue: MOD Main Building, Whitehall, London

The threat posed by Explosive Ordnance (EO) will continue to feature heavily in the operating environment of the future. The UK’s ability to counter this threat – whether it be posed by mines, Unexploded Explosive Ordnance (UXO), Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) or other Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) – requires a combined, joint, intra-governmental, inter-agency and multinational response that utilises all available levers to ensure our freedom of movement and action.

Technology proliferation and the associated sophistication of capabilities becoming available to the UK’s adversaries means that Defence’s relationship with Industry is more important than ever. Adopting an ethos of mutual understanding, enabled by close collaboration, will enable the UK to meet tomorrow’s EO threat.

Following last year’s extremely successful event hosted by DEODS, the Manoeuvre Support capability team from Army Headquarters – responsible for developing future capabilities in the Land Domain – will hold an Industry Briefing Day at MoD Main Building on Wednesday 6th February 2019. The theme for this year’s event is:

Countering tomorrow’s Explosive Ordnance threat – Joint Force 2025 and beyond

Focusing on future challenges the programme will include:

  • The future EO threat
  • Manoeuvre Support to Joint Force 2025
  • Innovation, future technologies and research & experimentation opportunities
  • Likely future C-EO capability requirements
  • Opportunities for Industry

The event will run from 09:30 to 16:30 at MoD Main Building, Whitehall, London SW1A 2HB. Details of an informal networking reception, to be held locally after the event, will be sent to attendees nearer the time.

Due to the nature of the briefings being delivered, attendance is restricted to personnel who hold SC clearance as a minimum.

To register for the event please complete a registration form.

Registration will close on Friday 25 January 2019.

Security Clearance details must be provided during registration and failure to provide accurate details may result in your registration being declined.

Queries should be directed to the event organiser:

Major John Newton, SO2 C-IED, Ground Manoeuvre Capability, Army Headquarters

John.newton875@mod.gov.uk

01264 886880

 

The Battlefield and Tactical Communications & Information Systems (BATCIS) Industry Briefing Day, 19 December 2018

Date:  19th December 2018

Times:  1000hrs – 1300hrs

Venue:  10 St Bride Street, London EC4A 4AD

The BATCIS team will be providing an update on the upcoming and future procurement activity the team manages.

The Industry Brief will include updates on MORPHEUS (including the MORPHEUS Systems Integrator), TRINITY, DSA and the TacCIS Support Project and will share early conceptual thinking on other aspects of the LE TacCIS programme which BATCIS manages.

What is BATCIS

The BATCIS Delivery Team is part of ISS.  BATCIS is responsible for the development, fielding and sustainment of a range of tactical CIS equipment and systems used in the joint Land Environment. The BATCIS portfolio includes Bowman, the Common Battlefield Applications Toolset (ComBAT), Digitisation Infrastructure and Platform Battlefield Information Systems Application (PBISA), all collectively known as BCIP, MORPHEUS, DSA, the Personal Role Radio, Tactical Ground to Air and Tactical Satellite radios, the MAKEFAST engineer BISA, Falcon and TRINITY.

Details about the Industry Briefing Day

The Industry Briefing Day will be taking place at the trade association techUK, at 10 St Bride Street, London EC4A 4AD on 19th December 2018 from 1000hrs – 1300hrs. If you are interested in attending the event you will need to book through the event page on the techUK website. (http://www.techuk.org/events/briefing/item/14253-batcis-industry-briefing-day). There are 120 places available for attendees. Attendees will be selected on a first come first served basis and each organisation will be able to bring no more than 2 attendees to the event. Tea and coffee will be provided.

If you have any queries (other than booking queries) about the event, please contact us at

ISSComrcl-BATCIS-Morpheus-Grp@mod.gov.uk

What information will you get from this day?

  1. An update on the activities in the BATCIS DT
  2. Our forward plan on our future procurements opportunities

Opportunities of the day:

  1. Engagement with the BATCIS DT team.
  2. Network with other suppliers and potential partners.

 

 

 

Defence Academy, Business Skills College – Market Engagement Day, 22 November 2018

The purpose of this notice is to inform Potential Suppliers of a Market Engagement Day hosted by the Business Skills College of the Defence Academy on Thu 22nd November 2018.  The Business Skills College is interested in seeking Potential Suppliers’ views on the provision of a new academic capability and how this might best be met.  The Market Engagement Day will provide Potential Suppliers with background and detail behind the requirement and give them the opportunity to ask questions, network & engage with other Potential Suppliers and supporting services as well as to further inform the Authority’s thinking.

Background

The Business Skills College is part of the Defence Academy and provides business acumen training and education for military and civil service staff across Defence.  It also provides interventions suited to our wider Industry partners and Other Government Departments.

The course portfolio spans a range of specific business acumen disciplines that cover complex procurement through the lenses of commercial, financial, Project Delivery (including Project, Programme, Portfolio, Risk and Benefits), Through Life Logistic Support, and technical aspects such as Systems Safety, Quality Assurance, and Environmental.  It may also include the requirement for delivery of strategic leadership courses to international audiences.

The Business Skills College is looking for an organisation capable of designing, delivering and accrediting educational interventions, working collaboratively with the Defence Academy to provide an educational capability in support of its outputs.  Key to this will be innovative and blended learning solutions with flexible exit points, across the range of specified business acumen disciplines

This will be achieved through a collaborative and innovative approach which will enable and future proof the design, development and delivery of outputs to meet the emerging and future needs of Defence.  It will create a portfolio of function specific and cross-cutting learning interventions and modules that will meet Business as Usual needs, whilst ensuring that the outputs can be easily aligned to meet any emerging needs from the wider Defence Education Pathway (DEP) work being undertaken.  More specifically it will see a range of these are post-graduate level interventions leading to PG Cert, PG Dip, and MSc/MBA awards and the future model would seek a credit bearing, modularised approach to all post-graduate level delivery.

A Market Engagement Day will be held 10a.m. – 4p.m. on Thu 22nd November 2018 at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, SHRIVENHAM, SN6 8LA.  Attendees should arrive no later than 9.30a.m. to allow for site access and parking.

It should be noted that in the instance of significant interest it may be necessary to restrict attendees per supplier to 1 or 2 representatives only. Therefore, please ensure that the most appropriate representatives from your organisation are put forward to attend the event.

Specific Details of the Event 

The day will involve presentations from the Authority, a working lunch followed by an afternoon session to have a group question and answer session and an opportunity for more detailed discussion.  These activities will in part contribute to a report on business model concept viability. The Authority is considering various commercial and business approaches to deliver the requirement and would welcome Potential Suppliers’ feedback.

Outputs from the industry day will be made available to all Potential Suppliers who registered an interest and / or attended the Market Engagement Day. There will be further opportunity for Potential Suppliers’ to comment/provide feedback prior to release of the outputs from the Market Engagement Day event.

To guarantee openness and transparency all outputs /reports associated with the Market Engagement Day will be provided as part of a prospective tender documentation pack, at the point when the Authority formally takes the requirement to market. Therefore, no technical, financial, or commercially sensitive information should be included in potential Supplier’s submissions/feedback from the Market Engagement Day. 

Event Registration 

Potential Suppliers wishing to register their interest in attending and participating in the Market Engagement Day, should express their interest to the Contracting Authority in writing by no later than 12:00 hours on Fri 16th November 2018 to both Sarah Allko (sarah.allko330@mod.gov.uk) and Ella Houghton (Ella.Houghton109@mod.gov.uk). An invitation letter will then be issued to the potential Supplier for registration purposes.

In issuing this Announcement and engaging with industry and academic institutions, the Authority is not committing to carry out any procurement in relation to the requirements stated in this announcement.

This announcement has been issued by the Authority for the purpose of seeking views from Potential Suppliers’ that wish to attend the Market Engagement Day and take part in a soft market testing in relation to the requirement described above.

Potential Suppliers’ who do not attend the Market Engagement Day will not be precluded from expressing an interest in the requirement at a future date.

In order to complete the necessary security & domestic arrangements all Potential Suppliers’ interested in attending the day must have registered their interest by 12:00 hours on Fri 16 November 2018 and completed the attendance return annex issued with the invitation letter by 13:00 hours on Mon 19th November 2018. 

MOD will not be liable to reimburse any costs incurred by any parties who respond to this notice or register any interest via the Contracting Authority.

 

CORTISONE Discovery Day 5 – Document Management, 12 November 2018

Date: 12 November 2018 (extending to 13 November 2018 if needed)

Times: To be agreed with attendees

Venue: London, EC1A

Following on from the CORTISONE Industry Day on 17 May at Tech UK in London the programme is holding a series of Discovery Days to invite potential suppliers to present information on services and demonstrate products to relevant technical and business staff from the CORTISONE programme.

These Discovery Days are intended to inform and validate the CORTISONE ecosystem design and to refine the CORTISONE requirements. Note that beyond seeking technical clarifications or explanations of functionality attendees will not be able to enter into dialogue about the requirements as part of a Discovery Day.

Discovery Day 5 on 12 November 2018, extending to 13 November 2018 if needed, will focus on Document Management products. Further Discovery Days, if required, will be announced later.

For this Discovery Day, we must see demonstration of or information about the following functional areas:

  • Capture mechanisms, including ad hoc upload, managed batch scan, bulk import
  • Full text, OCR (optical character recognition) and/or other intelligent extraction capabilities (any OCR demonstration should show the ‘art of the possible’ in relation to image quality)
  • Support of TIFF and PDF document formats (multi-page), JPG images, audio and video digital media, and structured healthcare document formats
  • Metadata management, document type management; general configurability/tailoring
  • Indexing capabilities (manual and automated), including any validation functionality.
  • Advanced search, retrieval, view, and any edit capabilities.
  • Version control capabilities
  • Information governance and access controls, including the ability to prevent image editing
  • Level of healthcare standards support such as IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise), XDS (Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing) including XDS.b and XDS-I.b, MHD (Mobile Access to Health Documents); any other APIs
  • Retention, disposal and hard delete support
  • Architecture: appropriate content storage, high availability provision, cloud support, typical infrastructure requirements

We are also interested in seeing demonstration of or information about:

  • Workflow capabilities
  • Intelligent forms (eForms) design, capture, and workflow, including validation
  • Management of paper and remote records
  • Vendor Neutral Archive, Zero Footprint DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Viewer, relevant standards support, any other APIs
  • Email archiving capabilities
  • Interoperability with Integration Platform and Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) products
  • Healthcare reference sites (in the UK or elsewhere)

Suppliers able to demonstrate potentially suitable products are invited to request a place on the day by sending an email stating the products they intend to demonstrate and that they meet the ‘must include’ criteria for the demonstrations described above to: Alexander.Slowman100@mod.gov.uk no later than 10:00 on 29 October 2018. Further information will be supplied to confirmed attendees.

Responding to this announcement is voluntary and does not start the official procurement process for the CORTISONE requirement. Participation in the Discovery Days does not guarantee, or jeopardise, your inclusion in a future procurement exercise. It should be noted that all information released in relation to the Discovery Days is released on a without commitment basis, is subject to change and may not form part of any future procurement process.

No down-selection will take place as a consequence of any responses or interactions relating to the Discovery Days. Additionally, no information provided in response to this announcement or in relation to the Discovery Days will be used in any way for the purpose of evaluating suppliers or their products in any future procurement process.

What is Programme CORTISONE?

The aim of Programme CORTISONE is to deliver an integrated ecosystem of medical information services to the Defence Medical Services. Its vision is to deliver ‘a sustainable, integrated, cohesive and enduring information capability that will fully and effectively support the delivery of evidence-based medical and dental health and healthcare outputs, to achieve the Aim of the Defence Medical Services (DMS)’ – which is to Promote, Protect and Restore the health of the Defence population in order to maximise their fitness for role, while maintaining an occupational focus and an operational edge.

A multi-million-pound programme, with global reach and operations equivalent in size to two large CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) and a Community Trust, CORTISONE looks to procure a full suite of healthcare software from multiple healthcare product/service suppliers, together with develop and deliver services. It is anticipated that elements of the ecosystem will be re-competed on a regular basis to ensure the best solutions are being delivered to users, giving an ongoing opportunity for market players to get involved with the ecosystem on a long-term basis.

The MoD is looking for a range of companies to engage with the programme, delivering a full suite of healthcare software to meet use-cases and patient-journey-defined functional requirements. With the modular nature of the procurement allowing innovation, all suppliers are encouraged to take a leading role in delivery of functionality.

Previous Discovery Days have addressed:

  • Primary Healthcare (Discovery Day 1, 30 July 2018)
  • Dental Healthcare (Discovery Day 2, 31 July 2018)
  • Integration Platforms (Discovery Day 3, 1 and 2 October 2018)

Discovery Day 4 for Enterprise Master Patient Index products will take place over 23 and 24 October 2018.

CORTISONE is also looking to the future and will exploit innovation to align with NHS strategy, virtualise healthcare and integrate with services across the healthcare sector. This might include telemedicine, patient record integration with the NHS and other patient databases, patient condition tracking etc.

MOD Electro-Mechanical Training Contract

The Defence College of Technical Training (DCTT) delivers technical training to military personnel from across Defence.  The College currently comprises of 4 Schools across a number of sites, including HMS SULTAN in Gosport and MOD Lyneham in Wiltshire.  MOD Lyneham is home to the Defence School of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering (DSEME) and the School of Army Aeronautical Engineering (SAAE), and HMS SULTAN is home to the Defence School of Marine Engineering (DSMarE) and the Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival Equipment School (RNAESS).

The Electro-Mechanical Training Contract (EMTC) currently delivers initial and subsequent trade training and support services at both of the HMS SULTAN and MOD Lyneham sites under a single contract; circa 900,000 individual training days a year.  The contract is due for renewal in October 2021 and, to help inform the Project Team, companies are invited to share their views and ideas.

In particular, the Project Team would like a view from industry on the following:

  • Your company’s experiences and perspective of good/bad practices within training delivery and training support for requirements of a similar nature.
  • Your company’s view on bidding for and managing two smaller individual site based contracts, or a larger contract covering both sites, and the opportunities that each option presents.
  • Your company’s view on the most viable duration period for any contract or contracts to offer Value for Money to Defence.
  • Any potential constraints that you foresee to bidding for any contract(s) to fulfil the training requirements.

This will enable the Project Team to:

  • Gather information through market analysis to inform the procurement, commercial and negotiation strategies.
  • Identify risks to the procurement.
  • Encourage early Industry engagement.

After reviewing submissions, the Project Team may invite companies to bilateral meetings to clarify or elaborate on their proposals.

This is a great opportunity to contribute to the delivery of MOD technical training.

Please Note:

Proposals are to be submitted electronically by Friday 2nd November 2018, to the point of contact given below.

At this stage the Project Team are looking for concise overviews of your ideas and proposals, therefore please limit your response accordingly to a maximum of 2000 words.

Companies should not presume that a submission will necessarily result in an invitation to a bilateral meeting with the Project Team.

It should not be construed or inferred from this invitation or the submission of a response that it will result in any commitment by or order from the Authority.

The Project Team reserves the right to use and adapt the information submitted without any further reference to the company which provided the information, unless the company identifies a specific element which is commercially sensitive, which may then be subject to further discussion.

 

Point of Contact:

Anna Gibbs

Air Commercial

Anna.gibbs192@mod.gov.uk

SS SKYNET 6 Market Update, 9 November 2018

The next SKYNET 6 Market Update will take place at the QEII Conference Centre, Westminster, London on the morning of 9 November 2018.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) Information Systems and Services (ISS) SKYNET 6 team is considering options for maintaining the continuity of SKYNET services beyond 31 August 2022 when the SKYNET 5 Private Finance Initiative comes to an end. This work-stream is known as the SKYNET 6 “Service Delivery Wrap” (SDW). The team is also considering the longer-term provision of Beyond Line of Sight communications, capabilities and services until 2040 and beyond. This work-stream is known as the SKYNET 6 “Enduring Capability” (EC).

As part of this process, MOD has undertaken a series of pre-procurement market engagements to test assumptions and hypotheses, understand industry’s perspective on potential options and assess the breadth of interest across potential suppliers.

The ISS SKYNET 6 team intends to hold a further market update event to brief potential suppliers on MOD’s SKYNET 6 procurement strategy, assumptions and timescales as well as the outcomes from some MOD Concept and Assessment Phase activities.

Any organisation wishing to participate in this Market Update should respond to ISS SKYNET 6 team at the email address james.shepherd112@mod.gov.uk and copied to ISSDev-Net-FBLOS6ECGrpmailbox@mod.gov.uk by 26 October 2018.

Please note we require responses through your company email address only. Responses via personal email addresses will not be accepted.  Responses should include the names and positions of the proposed attendees.  Organisations attending will be limited to a maximum of 2 representatives, however, if the event is oversubscribed the available places will be limited to 1 per organisation. Therefore, please indicate your primary delegate. Further information on the agenda and timings will be provided to successful applicants following the closure of this notice. There will be an opportunity for questions.  All questions and responses will be recorded and made available to attendees. Participation in the Market Update is entirely voluntary and MOD will not bear any associated costs. For the avoidance of doubt, this Market Update event will cover both the SKYNET 6 EC and SDW work-streams. There is no commitment on the part of MOD to enter into any binding contractual arrangement(s) following engagement with suppliers through this Market Update day. Equally, non-participation in this market update will not be considered in any future SKYNET 6 procurement activities.

Defence Academy, Business Skills College Academic Provider – Market Engagement Day, 17 October 2018

Date: 17 October 2018

Venue: Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.

The purpose of this notice is to inform Academia of the Business Skills College, Market Engagement Day which the Business Skills College will host at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom on 17 October 2018.  The Business Skills College is interested in seeking Potential Suppliers’ views on the provision of a new academic capability model requirement set and on how this might best be met. The Market Engagement Day will provide Potential Suppliers with background and detail behind the requirement and give them the opportunity to ask questions, network & engage with other Potential Suppliers and supporting services as well as to further inform the Authority’s thinking.

Background 

The Business Skills College is part of the Defence Academy and provides business acumen training and education for personnel across the Defence Enterprise (Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force, Civil Servants) and for its wider Defence and Industry partners.

The Business Skills College portfolio of courses spans a range of specified business acumen disciplines that include commercial, financial, project delivery, capability and acquisition interventions, as well as supporting disciplines such as quality, safety and environmental awareness.  It may also include the requirement for delivery of leadership courses internationally.  A range of these are post-graduate level interventions leading to PG Cert, PG Dip, and MSc / MBA awards.

The Business Skills College is developing a requirement set for a Supplier to work collaboratively with Business Skills College staff to provide an educational capability in support of its outputs.  Key to this will be innovative and blended learning solutions with flexible exit points, across the range of specified business acumen disciplines

This will be achieved through a collaborative and innovative approach which will enable and future proof the design, development and delivery of outputs to meet the emerging and future needs of Defence.  It will create a portfolio of function specific and cross-cutting learning interventions and modules that will meet Business as Usual needs, whilst ensuring that the outputs can be easily aligned to meet any emerging needs from the wider Defence Education Pathway (DEP) work being undertaken.

A Market Engagement Day to set out the scope of the requirement will be held on Wednesday 17 October at Beckett House, The Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, SHRIVENHAM, SN6 8LA.  Sat Nav postcode SN6 8LA. Please arrive by 10:00 to register.

It should be noted that in the instance of significant interest in this requirement it may be necessary to restrict attendees per supplier to 1 or 2 representatives only. Therefore, please ensure that the most appropriate representatives from your organisation are put forward to attend the event.

Specific Details of the Event 

The day will involve presentations from the Authority, attendee group exercises to workshop approaches to market in order to inform options available to the Defence Academy. These activities will in part contribute to a report on business model concept viability. The Authority is considering various commercial and business approaches to deliver the requirement and would welcome Potential Suppliers’ feedback.

Outputs from the industry day will be made available to all Potential Suppliers who registered an interest and / or attended the Market Engagement Day. There will be further opportunity for Potential Suppliers’ to comment/provide feedback prior to release of the outputs from the Market Engagement Day event.

To guarantee openness and transparency all outputs /reports associated with the market engagement day will be provided as part of a prospective tender documentation pack, at the point when the Authority formally takes the requirement to market. Therefore no technical, financial, or commercially sensitive information should be included in potential Supplier’s submissions/feedback from the Market Engagement Day. 

Event Registration 

Potential Suppliers wishing to register their interest in attending and participating in the market engagement day, should express their interest to the Contracting Authority in writing by no later than 12:00 hours on 10th October 2018 to both Sarah Allko (sarah.allko330@mod.gov.uk) and Ella Houghton (Ella.Houghton109@mod.gov.uk). An invitation letter will then be issued to the potential Supplier for registration purposes.

In issuing this Announcement and engaging with industry and academic institutions, the Authority is not committing to carry out any procurement in relation to the requirements stated in this announcement.

This announcement has been issued by the Authority for the purpose of seeking views from Potential Suppliers’ that wish to attend the Industry Engagement Day and take part in a soft market testing in relation to the requirement described above.

Potential Suppliers’ who do not attend the market engagement day will not be precluded from expressing an interest in the requirement at a future date.

In order to complete the necessary security & domestic arrangements all Potential Suppliers’ interested in attending the day must have registered their interest by 12:00 hours on 10th October and completed the attendance return annex issued with the invitation letter by 12:00 hours on 11 October 2018.

MOD will not be liable to reimburse any costs incurred by any parties who respond to this notice or register any interest via the Contracting Authority.

 

 

 

DIO Future Infrastructure Event, 25 September 2018

Date: Tuesday 25 September

Time: 09.00 – 12.15 

Venue: Cavendish Conference Centre, 22 Duchess Mews, Marylebone, London W1G 9DT 

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) plays a vital role in supporting Defence by leading and managing the delivery of what the Armed Forces need to live, work, train and deploy on operations. We advise, buy, manage and assure the delivery of infrastructure services across the Defence estate in an affordable and sustainable way.

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) will be hosting an event to provide an overview of the soon to be published DIO Procurement Plan 2018 and the key headlines within the publication. This will include Future Defence Infrastructure Services (FDIS) as a case study.

The event will be hosted by:

  • Geoff Robson – DIO Chief Operating Officer
  • Richard McKinney – DIO Regional Delivery Director
  • Jacqui Rock – DIO Commercial Director

The presenters will be presenting information on how DIO is procuring future infrastructure services for its customers, including the Future Defence Infrastructure Services Programme (FDIS) and release of the CCS FM Marketplace 2 OJEU advert (14 September 18).

If you are interested in attending, please email the FDIS Commercial Team at:

DIOComrcl-FDISGroupMailbox@mod.gov.uk no later than midday on Thursday 20 September. Please provide the names and company details of the people who would plan to attend. Please be aware only two (2) representatives from each company will be permitted.