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Current and Future Procurement Opportunities

Advocacy Services (Adults)

The current advocacy contracts in Essex expire in June 2018.  Essex County Council are currently working on the scope and structure of the procurement process.  It is anticipated that the procurement process will commence in late 2017 or early 2018.

The procurement exercise will include the statutory advocacy services of Independent Mental Health Advocates (IMHA) and NHS Complaints Advocacy.

Soft Market Testing is underway with providers to further understand how these services should look in the future.  

To download a copy of the questionnaire, please click on the link below.

Advocacy Soft Market Testing Document

Should you have any difficulties downloading the questionnaire, please contact lea.sherman@essex.gov.uk who will be able to email you a copy of the questionnaire.

All completed questionnaires should be returned to Nick Green via email nick.green@essex.gov.uk by 1st September 2017

 

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 is currently out to tender for this service and interested providers can find out further information about this tender and how to participate from our e-sourcing tool.  

Please note:  This tender opportunity closes at 12 noon on 6th October 2017.

 

Live at  Home Framework (LHRL)

The annual refresh of the LHRL will take place late in November 2017.  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

This page will be updated with the relevant information about how to participate in the annual refresh once this is available.

 

Older People Independent Living

Existing Schemes

The contracts for the existing schemes expire in March 2018.  Essex County Council are currently scoping the schemes which will be part of the re-procurement exercise.  

 

New Schemes

Essex County Council are looking to procure providers to design, build and operate two new Independent Living schemes at Coppins Court in Clacton and Hillhouse in Epping Forest.

The schemes are intended for people aged 55 and over with a minimum care need of 6 hours per week.

We will provide the land for both schemes to be built in exchange for nomination rights to the schemes and provision of affordable housing units in the community.

It is anticipated that both procurement processes will commence in October 2017.

Further updates and how to participate will be provided on this site.

 

Specialist Supported Living Service

Essex County Council is seeking to secure a provider to deliver specialist support within a supported living scheme in Braintree to a group of ten (10) adults with learning disabilities and/or autism who may also exhibit challenging behaviour.  The people within this scheme will require high levels of specialist support due to the complexity of their needs.

In addition, the successful candidate provider will be required to deliver a housing management service. This element of the service could be delivered in partnership with a housing provider and will include responsibility for maintaining and repairing the buildings, grounds, fixtures and fittings in a timely fashion appropriate to the adults needs.

The procurement exercise has commenced with a submission deadline of 25th August 2017.  Further information about the procurement and how to apply can be found in the presentation below.

Bidder Presentation - Specialist Supported Living Service

 

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.  We will be holding market engagement sessions in September to get feedback on the plans to date and guidance on a number of other issues.  Further information about the events and how to book a place can be found in the Events section of the website.

 

The Integrated Residential and Nursing Framework (IRN)

The annual refresh of the IRN will take place late in 2017 or early in 2018.  This is an opportunity for providers on the existing framework to update their pricing and for new providers to join the framework.

Further details about the framework can be found on the Residential and Nursing pages.  

This page will be updated with the relevant information about how to participate in the annual refresh once this is available.

 

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