Decision details

Permission to Procure Social Care and Support Services Frameworks

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Cabinet agree the initial market position statement in relation to a range of social care services


The interim Corporate Director – Health and Care Services presented a  report which set out proposals for the re-tender of services to provide personal care and support to approximately 12,000 people in their own home or specialist housing with an annual spend for all services of approximately £33m.   

There were currently 47 providers delivering these services. These services were regulated by the Care Quality Commission and were on whole provided to people in critical or substantial need of care and support living in their own home.

It was proposed that there be four Framework agreements for this component of Social Care and Support Services Frameworks. In order to ensure a smooth transition from the current to the new Frameworks to the newly procured ones, it was proposed that all new Frameworks be in place by  1 October 2015, as follows:

Framework 1: Home Care. The tender approach in respect of domiciliary care will stabilise the market by zoning the contracts. This will reduce competition for care agencies by offering a level of guaranteed business. The new zones have been designed to encourage participation by SME’s and to reflect ‘natural communities’ of service delivery. 

Framework 2: Supported Living (individualised care and support for people often with a learning or physical disability living in their own homes or shared accommodation).

Framework 3: Extra Care Housing Support (social care support for people living in specially designed extra care housing schemes).

Framework 4: Mental Health Active Rehabilitation and Recovery Pathway (a range of accommodation based services with focus on individual care and support to enable recovery). 



(1)               the procurement of home care, supporting living, extra care housing and the mental health active rehabilitation and recovery pathway services, under framework agreements to be in place by 1 October 2015 be approved;


(2)               it be noted that the tender documentation would be given detailed consideration by the Cabinet Procurement Working Group prior to it being issued.

Report author: Peter Woodhouse

Publication date: 10/02/2015

Date of decision: 05/02/2015

Decided at meeting: 05/02/2015 - Cabinet

Effective from: 18/02/2015

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