Decision details

Integrated Community Equipment Service (ICES) – Contracting Options from July 2022

Decision Maker: Integrated Commissioning Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

Seek approval to re-tender the Integrate Community Equipment Service

Decisions:

The Integrated Commissioning Board received a confidential report of the Strategic director of Commissioning/DASS, which asked Board Members to approve a proposal (option 2 in the report) to recommission the Integrated Community Equipment Service (ICES). The current contract expires on 30th June 2022.

 

The report sought approval to tender for ICES and would be on the basis of a new contract which would run for a four year period from 1st July 2022 to 30th June 2026 with an option to extend for a further year to 30th June 2027.  The proposed tender timeline would be an open process commencing in December 2021 with and anticipated start date for the new contract would be July 2022.

 

Alternatives considered:
none reported.

 

Resolved:

1.     That the Integrated Commissioning Board approve Option 2, as detailed in the Director of Strategic Commissioning’s report, to recommission the Integrated Community Equipment Service (ICES), when the current contract expires on 30th June 2022.

2.     The Integrated Commissioning Board grants approval to tender for ICES on the basis of a new contract which will run for a four year period from 1st July 2022 to 30th June 2026 with an option to extend for a further year to 30th June 2027.

3.     The Integrated Commissioning Board notes that the proposed tender timeline will be an open process commencing in December 2021 with an anticipated start date for the new contract being July 2022.

4.     That authority be delegated to the Assistant Director (Legal, Governance and Workforce)/Monitoring Officer to advise, prepare and execute the associated legal documentation.  

 

Reasons for the resolution:

The recommendations in the report were presented as it was considered that they were required because the provision of a community equipment service was a statutory duty under the Care Act 2014. The provision of equipment to support people at home was a cost effective service which minimised the risk of people becoming more dependent on long term care and support, it supported timely discharges from hospital and prevented admissions to hospital which had been critical during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Report author: Mike O'Keeffe

Publication date: 15/10/2021

Date of decision: 21/09/2021

Decided at meeting: 21/09/2021 - Integrated Commissioning Board

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