As outlined in section 1.3 of the original Invitation to Tender for the 2019 Framework, the Council noted that it intended to re-open the Framework every two (2) years for the duration of the contact. New entrants would be permitted to apply to be included in the Framework in years three (3) and in the event that the Council is seeking to utilise at least one of the extension periods, year five (5).
New Applicants, or those Providers who were not previously successful in being awarded to any part of the original 2019 Framework, or who wish to apply for a new Framework category not previously awarded, are now being invited at this first break point opportunity, to tender for the provision of one or more of the following categories of care: Care and Support (including Technology Enabled Care and Support), Day Opportunities and Employability Supports; and Short Breaks (Respite).
Applicants seeking to join the Framework at this ‘break point’ will as a minimum be required to meet all Framework qualifying criteria and will be strictly limited to providing services under Option 2 of the SDS Act, and Service Users or their Proxies will be able to choose these Providers using a non-ranked alphabetical list created for this purpose. The Council will not use the successful Applicants under Option 3 of the SDS Act.
Full details of the tender can be found here.