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Current and Future Procurement Opportunities

Advocacy Services (Adults)

The current advocacy contracts expire in June 2018 and Essex County Council will be undertaking a procurement process for the delivery of a new advocacy service. The contract will include for the delivery of all strands of advocacy including all statutory advocacy for adults and children. This tender is anticipated to be released in late-February 2018 and will be open to all interested parties that wish to bid.


Market engagement has been conducted and the slides and questions raised at this event are attached here for your information. Should you have any queries relating to this service then please get in touch with Nick Green at


Carers Support Service

We are currently in the process of replacing our grant funded carers support service with a new countywide contract to support unpaid carers in Essex.  The new contract offers greater flexibility and innovation aimed at meeting the expected increases in demand for the service.

The new service will deliver:

  • A single point of contact to ensure that carers have equal access to information, advice, and support across the county.
  • Help for carers to build on their own networks of support and promote the development of peer support groups and networks.
  • Promotion of the needs of carers across organisations, communities and employers and supporting the development of carer friendly communities.
  • Support for carers to plan for the future, and to develop contingency plans in case of a crisis.
  • Support for carers to navigate the health, social care and welfare benefits system, and connect carers to the support that is available in their communities.
  • A programme to identify carers early, particularly in GP and hospital settings so that support can be made available as early as possible.
  • Provision of expert advice and support on the range of respite and short break services that are available for carers.

Essex County Council has recently been out to tender for this service and is currently evaluating the bids from providers.


Independence and Recovery - Residential Care for Working Age Adults

We have worked successfully with providers over the last few years through approaches such as the Increasing Independence, Good Lives, Intensive Enablement and Supported to Independence programmes to enable people to lead independent fulfilling lives in their local communities. To continue to build on this success we are currently considering our contracting approach for residential care for adults with Learning Disabilities, Physical and Sensory Impairments and Mental Health conditions.  A number of options and opportunities are being explored to ensure that adults with the most complex needs can access specialist, high quality, recovery and independence focussed care in Essex.

As this work moves forward please look out for future updates including opportunities to shape ideas to ensure that our Service Users benefit from person centred, progressive and inclusive approaches to care which promote independence and recovery.  In the meantime if you would like to ensure that your contact details are up to date please get in touch on


Independence and Recovery for Adults with Mental Health Needs

Essex County Council Mental Health Accommodation Transformation

Essex County Council (ECC) is dedicated to improving Essex and the lives of our residents.  Our ambition is to deliver the best quality of life in Britain and we will achieve this by providing high quality, targeted services that deliver real value for money.

Mental health issues are widespread, at times disabling, yet often hidden.  People in all walks of life can be affected and for some people their mental health problems impact on their ability to have a settled place to live.

Safe, secure and stable housing is central to people's health and wellbeing, and this is especially so for people coping with mental health issues.

We have been talking to the market for a number of years about our ambitions to change the way these services are delivered.  From 2018, ECC will be starting the process to transform the way it provides care and support for those people who struggle to maintain their accommodation because of a mental health issue.


ECC currently has a number of different contracts in place to deliver the mental health accommodation pathway:

  • Residential placements
  • Intensive Enablement  (contract ends September 2018)
  • Supported to Independence (contract ends September 2018)

These contracts have been in place for many years and after talking to people with lived experience, providers and social care practitioners we have identified that we could deliver this type of care and support differently. 

People with lived experience told us that the current provision and the systems and processes that wrap around the services do not always provide the right support to help them recover as quickly as they could.  In particular people told us that they are afraid of living independently because if they become unwell again they are not sure where to go for support.   

We have a real opportunity to completely transform how we deliver these services and improve outcomes for people to ensure people with mental health needs:

  • Have their own front door and wherever possible are able to remain living where they are with care and support linked to the adult
  • Are in receipt of person centred support that focusses on their needs and outcomes and supports them to recover as quickly as possible
  • Are supported to build their own networks of support
  • Can live as economically active lives as possible.

We spoke to a number of you at the workshops we ran in October 2017 and you told us that to deliver the change would require us to consider phasing the change and allowing sufficient time for consortia of organisations to come together.

During March 2018, ECC cabinet took a decision to undertake the transformation in a phased approach.

Phase 1

For both Intensive Enablement and Supported to Independence we will be under taking competitive processes to secure provision for a two year period from October 2018 to September 2020.  Through this process we will be seeking to standardise all contracts and payment mechanisms and we will be moving Supported to Independence to a closed multi award framework.  These changes will enable us to target resources more effectively.

The two tenders will be issued as follows:

  • Intensive Enablement  - issued end May 2018 (Now live - Tender process closes 8 July 2018)
  • Supported to Independence - issued end July 2018


Market Engagement

Date Event Venue Documents  
25/04/2018 Mental Health Accommodation Transformation Chapter House, Cathedral Walk, Chelmsford CM1 1NX    


Phase 2

Our plan is that from October 2020 we will begin to deliver the long term model. 

There is no detail about this as we will be co-producing this with providers, people with lived experience and with social workers. However, there are some agreed key principles for the new model which we need to shape in to a workable model:

  • Care and support will be separated from accommodation
  • The pathway, with step down between different levels of support will end
  • Adults will be able to access support to maintain their current accommodation to prevent breakdown

From May 2018 onwards there will be opportunities for providers to come along to workshops to help inform the design of the new model.

Following the great response we had from providers at the workshops we ran during 2017 we are looking forward to continuing to work in partnership as we develop the long term model.

We will be issuing more detail about the tenders over the next few weeks and there will be opportunities to attend events and to talk to us. 


Live at Home Framework (LHRL)

The annual refresh of the LHRL will take place early in November 2018.  This is an opportunity for providers on the existing framework to update their pricing, select new areas and services they wish to deliver and for new providers to join the framework.

Further details about the framework can be found on the Home Care page


Older People Independent Living

Existing Schemes

ECC is currently finalising preparations for the procurement of the delivery of care and support services within three existing Extra Care (aka Independent Living) schemes in Harlow, Colchester, and Clacton. 

This procurement will be carried out as a single stage open process in compliance with the OJEU Regulations. It is anticipated that this procurement will be released in mid to late October 2017 with a new provider in place to commence delivery of the services in April 2018. 

This opportunity will be advertised via TED, Contracts Finder, and ECC's Opportunities Listing.


New Schemes

Essex County Council is looking to procure providers to design, build, and operate two new Independent Living schemes at Coppins Court in Clacton and Hillhouse in Epping Forest. These opportunities have now closed and ECC is in the process of identifying the winning bidders. 

ECC are currently considering options for the next phase of options for the delivery of units across Essex and will provide further information on this in the near future


Specialist Supported Living Service

Further to the Council's previous communications regarding the forthcoming specialist supported living service in Braintree, the authority can confirm that the evaluation and internal governance process for this procurement has duly been conducted.  As a result of this process, Creative Support Limited were identified as the successful candidate and were duly awarded the contract for this service which is currently undergoing a phased mobilisation process which is due to conclude in March 2018.  Thereafter, Creative Support will formally commence the delivery of the requisite specialist support for a cohort of ten (10) adults with learning disabilities and/or autism who may also exhibit challenging behaviour.


Supported Living

Essex County Council is seeking to provide a structure to the existing supported living market, and intends to implement a framework through which all new placements will be made.

The project is currently in the design phase and we are considering a number of approaches.  Market engagement sessions were held in September 2017 to get feedback on the plans to date and guidance on a number of other issues. 


The Integrated Residential and Nursing Framework (IRN)

The current IRN contract is due to expire in February 2019 and ECC are currently working with our Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) to develop the new IRN contract.  The initial intention is to publish the new IRN framework in December 2018.  Please keep an eye on this page or in the Provider Newsletter for further information.

A Soft Market Testing event was held on 13 June 2018 details of which can be found here and a number of follow up workshops are being held in July / August 18 details of which are available on the events page.



Last Updated:  12 July 2018

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