Decision - Re-tendering of Home Care Contracts

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Re-tendering of Home Care Contracts

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To seek Cabinet approval for the re-tendering of the home care contracts


(1)         That Cabinet approves the re-tendering of the Home Care services through an approved procurement process during the financial year 2011-12 for the subsequent three to five years (i.e. contract period April 2012 to March 2015 with an option to extend by up to a further two years).


(2)         That delegated authority be granted to the Director of Adult Social Care and Health / Lead Commissioner People to approve the award of contracts to the successful bidders following recommendations of the tender evaluation panel and consultation with the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health.

Reasons for the decision:

This is an essential service, the current framework contract ends in March 2012, it has served us well but the specification is out of date and we need to bring it into line with personalisation and reflect developments over the past three years including the recent implementation of an Electronic Care Monitoring System.


Re-tendering the home care contract provides an opportunity to ensure Value for Money and to stimulate the market to deliver on the personalisation agenda and to allow an opportunity for new providers to enter the local market.


Re-tendering the home care contract will also provide an opportunity to ensure that inequalities within the current home care market are addressed through improving access to the service, providing opportunities for a more diverse workforce and provision of a more flexible and responsive service.

Alternative options considered:

The current contract has an option to extend the contract period by up to18 months; however the current contract was in place before the personalisation programme and therefore needs to be updated.


Alternatively, standing orders could be waived and the contract could be awarded for a further 3-4 years to the existing providers with changes to the service specification and terms and conditions. This would provide continuity of service provision but could breach procurement legislation.

Report author: Debbie Greening

Publication date: 14/07/2011

Date of decision: 14/07/2011

Decided at meeting: 14/07/2011 - Cabinet

Effective from: 22/07/2011

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