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Here you can find the relevant information on the services we buy, the different types of contractual arrangements and the process for becoming a provider with Essex County Council. We have also included some useful information which can be accessed via the links on the left of this page.

Essex buys a number of services to support the residents of Essex.  These include:


Apply to join one of our care contracts (On-boarding process)

If you are interested in working with us, you will need to complete our on-boarding process.  Further details about how to become either a home care or residential provider can be found below:


Meet the Teams

Within this section you will find out what each of the social care teams does within ECC, details of the roles they undertake and who's who within the team. Go to the section


Provider Forums

Details of ECC's provider forums whereby senior ECC officers, Health partners and providers get the chance to network and discuss issues, better ways of working and enable better collaboration. Go to the section


Provider Newsletter

We would like to add you to our distribution list to receive the monthly Provider Newsletter. You can access previous versions here. This will keep you updated regarding any on-going projects, and is a good way of finding out about any potential new business opportunities within Essex County Council. If you would like to receive future editions please send an email to with the list of email addresses you would like added to the distribution list.


Support Directory Registration

In partnership with Healthwatch Essex, Essex County Council has developed an online directory of care services designed to give Essex residents choice and independence to find the services they need. To register and advertise your services, at no cost to you, please click on the following link: /registration/provider-registration-guide/


Rate Uplifts 

Here you can view the Council's annual rate uplift statements for ECC's care contracts. Go to the section


Current and Future Procurement Opportunities

This page contains information about the current and future procurement activity that is taking place within Adult Social Care at Essex County Council.  The section provides details on how to get involved and where to find out more information if we are currently undertaking procurement activity. Go to the section

Essex County Council will advertise opportunities on Contracts Finder. Simply type 'Essex County Council' into the search to find ECC's notices.


Useful contacts

In this section you will find useful contact details relevant to working in social care in Essex, as well as frequently requested contact information. Please email if you have suggestions for new contact details to include. Go to the section



Here you will find information relating to the General Data Protection Regulation which came into force in May 2018. You will need to familiarise yourselves with this information to ensure you are handling personal information appropriately and securely. Go to the section


Business Advice

To find information relating to setting up or growing a busines, access to training and funding, and employment and skills please visit the BEST Growth Hub website -

Last Updated:  2 May 2019
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