Issue details

20/00030 - Residential Care for People with Learning Disabilities, Physical Disabilities and Mental Health Needs

Residential Care services for People with a Learning Disability, People with a Physical Disability and people with Mental Health Needs last went out to competitive tender in 2002 for the Disability contract and 2004 for the Mental Health contract.


The purpose of this tender is to ensure a relevant specification and to update current terms and conditions as well as to show due regards to the fair cost of care. The intention is to establish new contracts for care homes for People with a Learning Disability, People with a Physical Disability and People with Mental Health Needs from June 2020.



Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure or savings of more than £1m;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Division affected: (All Division);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 16/03/2020

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - View reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

Decision due: Not before 5th Jun 2020 by Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health
Reason: To allow 28 clear days publication on the FED in accordance with legal requirements.

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health

Lead director: Richard Smith

Department: Social Care, Health & Wellbeing

Contact: Clare Maynard, Head of Commercial and Procurement.



Which Divisions / Local Members are particularly affected: All Members

There will be no public consultations, as the service delivery will remain essentially the same as current provision, in the foreseeable future. Provider market engagement activities will be undertaken to engage with and develop relationships with potential providers, who currently provide or have experience in working with adults and children with assessed support needs in their own homes and within the community. This will be followed up by regular communication via bulletins and information sharing using the council's website. There may be changes to these services within the life of the contract, which may require public consultation.

Financial implications: The significant risk to letting these contracts is the impact on price. With the change of how sleep-in shifts are measured, there will be impact on the overall price paid. Engagement with the market will provide the detailed information required to work with Finance colleagues to scope the potential financial impact balancing the pressure from providers, good outcomes for service users, legal requirements, transparency of a fair cost of care. New contract minimum of four years with two, two-year extensions. 4 years approx. value £322m

Legal implications: The procurement process has been followed in accordance with Public Contracting Regulations 2015