First Aid, Pharmaceuticals, Emergency Life Support, Training Equipment

Reference code: 
PCD 441
Date signed: 
30 July 2018
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

This paper is seeking approval to award a National Framework for The Supply & Delivery of First Aid consumables, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Gases, available to elected local policing bodies, other police authorities for UK police forces and the Fire & Rescue Service (the available spend is £2m additional to the MPS spend) over a 4-year term as per lots below:

  • Lot 1 – First Aid Consumables awarded to Aero Healthcare Ltd for the framework value of £6.27m (MPS award value £5,57m)
  • Lot 2 – Pharmaceuticals awarded to Aero Healthcare Ltd for the framework value of £1m (MPS award value £0.2m).
  • Lot 3 – Compressed Medical Gases awarded to BOC for the framework value of £1m (MPS award value £0.5).
  • The framework term to commence from 1 November 2018 to 31 October 2022 (4–year term) with the total framework value is £8,27m (total MPS contract value during this term is £6.27m).

This is a Health and Safety requirement, which means the MPS have a legal requirement to provide first aid equipment to employees. The supply of First Aid consumables, Pharmaceuticals and medical gases supports operational policing and the defibrillators in response cars project which has saved a number of Londoners lives since it was introduced.
 

Recommendation

The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime is recommended to approve:

  • The award of a National Framework for The Supply & Delivery of First Aid consumables, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Gases:
  • Lot 1 – First Aid Consumables awarded to Aero Healthcare Ltd for the framework value of £6.27m (MPS award value £5,57m).
  • Lot 2 – Pharmaceuticals awarded to Aero Healthcare Ltd for the framework value of £1m (MPS award value £0.2m).
  • Lot 3 – Compressed Medical Gases awarded to BOC for the framework value of £1m (MPS award value £0.5m).
  • The framework term to commence from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2022 (4–year term) with the total framework value is £8,27m (total MPS contract value during this term is £6.27m).

Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)

1.    Introduction and background

1.1.    This is a Health and Safety requirement, which means the MPS have a legal requirement to provide the provision of first aid. The supply of First Aid consumables and Pharmaceuticals supports operational policing.

2.    Issues for consideration

2.1.    First Aid equipment must be provided for employees under the Health and Safety (first aid) regulations. First aid training equipment is required to deliver first aid training to officers and staff. Officers and staff deliver front line first aid to the people of London on a daily basis. First aid equipment have expiry dates so the requirement is ongoing and during the timeline of the contract period defibrillators within the MPS will need to be replaced which is included within this requirement. The MPS has an obligation under PACE to deal with immediate healthcare issues for detained people including the provision of some medications.

3.    Financial Comments

3.1.    Expenditure will be met from Business Groups’ devolved revenue budgets. 

3.2.    The MPS has led a National Framework for the Supply & Delivery of First Aid, Pharmaceuticals, Emergency Life Support, Training Equipment and Associated Products & Compressed Medical Gases. Authorities eligible to call off from this framework include the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), elected local policing bodies, other police authorities for UK police forces and the Fire and Rescue Service. The total framework value is £8.27m and £2m is the available spend for other authorities.

4.    Legal Comments

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) is a contracting authority as defined in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (the Regulations). All awards of public contracts for goods/services valued at £181,302 or above must be procured in accordance with the Regulations. This report confirms that the proposed awards exceed this threshold. Accordingly, the Regulations are engaged.

4.1.    This report confirms that a compliant procurement process in line with the Regulations was conducted for this requirement.

5.    Equality Comments

5.1.    There are no negative equality and diversity implications anticipated with this contract award.

6.    Background/supporting papers

6.1    None


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