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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.  It includes details on how to get involved and where to find out more information if we are currently undertaking procurement activity.

Essex County Council will advertise opportunities on Contracts Finder. Simply type 'Essex County Council' into the search to find ECC's notices. The Council also produces an Opportunities Listing which details all future business opportunities on a weekly basis. In order to take part in a particular opportunity, you will need to email the project team who will then be able to formally invite you to take part via our Proactis eSourcing portal.


Supported Living Framework

The Supported Living Framework is the new contract to be procured and operated by Essex County Council for all new referrals of adults into supported living services within Essex. The contract start date was 1st March 2021 and more information can be found here.

Update: The framework has been reopened for bids from providers who are not already on it. Providers who wish to apply to be part of the framework will need to register on our Proactis system ( and submit their bid by 12:00 on 23rd June


Stonecroft - Market Engagment

ECC are considering options for the development of an existing residential home and/or the site that it is on 

We want to tesst the Market & the intrest in the proposals to help us develop the most suitable ccommercial approach to the approach to the project, & would welcome feedback from providers through the questionair enclosed. 

We are open to all possibilities on the use of the land for providing services sto the people with learning disabilities & autisum, & will look over any Proposal. Please not there is no Capital funding available in regards to this. 

For more information on this click here. 


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


Adult Mental Health Accomodation

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 started 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 Plus

  • Intensive Enablement

Supported to Independence

These contracts have been in place since 2018 and we are currently planning for the next phase which builds on what we have achieved so far.

Pre-tender engagement

We spoke to a number of you at the workshop we ran in April 2021 to test some of our initial ideas and we really appreciated the engagement with the discussion and the honest feedback.

You can have a look at the some feedback in:

In June 2021, you had the opportunity to share your thoughts on our future Mental Health Accommodation future model in a survey published on Essex consultation website.

Based on your feedback and the discussions we have had over the past few months with our partners, the shape and scope of the future services is becoming clearer and we have prepared a short presentation with some updates.

Please send any questions and feedback to 


Integrated Residential and Nursing Framework 2019

This contract has been jointly developed by ECC, Basildon and Brentwood CCG, Castle Point and Rochford CCG, Mid Essex CCG, North Essex CCG, Southend CCG and West Essex CCG.

Due to COVID-19, the Integrated Residential and Nursing Contract (IRN) Refresh for 2020 was postponed to allow providers to focus on dealing with the pandemic.

The refresh process is now live on Proactis and will close at 12 noon on the 24 May 2021, with a proposed effective go live date of the 1 August 2021.

For more information visit the Residential and Nursing page.


Live at Home Framework (LHRL)

The Live at Home framework (LHRL) and the LHRL annual review is closed. 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


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.  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.



Last Updated:  31 August 2021

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