Can we help with your procurement priorities? – Our bespoke procurement service is now available to our members

Can we support you by offering capacity to your procurement team? We are delighted to announce that we now offer a bespoke procurement service for our members which adds another service to our already comprehensive offer.

Our procurement professionals can support you through any procurement exercise from start to finish, delivering value for money and offering peace of mind.

Consortium Procurement has been carrying out procurement exercises for more than 20 years and strives to keep ourselves up-to-date with UK and EU procurement regulations and practices.

Louise Chase, Procurement and Contracts Manager at the NHC said: “Through conducting our own OJEU tenders we understand that managing capacity throughout the procurement process can be quite difficult. We know for example there are quieter times in the process when documents have been issued to the market; however evaluations are very resource intensive.”

With this in mind and with an understanding of the challenging environment our members are working in, we have developed the bespoke procurement offer.

We are able to support our members by:

  • Advising on the best procurement route for their requirements
  • Providing compliant, tailored documentation for the project
  • Engaging with the market on your behalf
  • Completing all required OJEU documentation
  • Managing the administration of the process, clarifications and queries from the market, through a fully auditable online e-procurement portal
  • Establishing the pre-start meeting and manage the contract signature process

“We have undertaken a variety of exercises on behalf of our members, including HR and Payroll Services, Call Monitoring Services and Capital Works Programmes and would encourage you to get in touch, regardless of the service/products being procured. Our procurement team is flexible in its approach to every specific task and we are always happy to work with our members to discuss the best route for them,” said Louise Chase.

Consortium Procurement recently completed a bespoke procurement exercise on behalf of Incommunities Group Ltd for the procurement of Occupational Health services and supported Penny Gilyard, Assistant HR Director at Incommunities Group Ltd in the tendering process.

She said: “I would recommend the bespoke service to other clients who may need external support and guidance with procurement legislation and designing the tender specification. The procurement process was compliant and we were able to gain an Occupational Health service which meets the needs of the business.”

If you would like to receive more information about our bespoke procurement offer, please give us a ring on 0191 566 1000 or drop us an email on solutions@consortiumprocurement.org.uk

Where to find us this autumn …

We have some exciting conferences and exhibitions in our plan for this autumn. Our team of experienced procurement professionals are always eager to meet with you to understand more about your procurement needs.

We will be at the TSA Northern Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS) Event on the 14th September taking place at Pavilions of Harrogate to talk to you about all things TECS, digital health and assisted living. Our TECS  framework offers a variety of products and services to help transform the way people engage in and control their own healthcare, empowering them to manage it in a way that is right for them.

We have also reserved our stand for Procurex Wales, taking place in Cardiff on 6th October. The Procurex events are dedicated to supporting the delivery of public services by providing stakeholders with networking and collaboration opportunities as well as procurement discussions and debate.

Asbestos: The Truth Conference is another event we will be at this autumn. Our team will be at stand 9 ready to talk to you about all things procurement and to tell you more about our framework for Asbestos Management Services and how it can assist you in your legal obligations with regard to asbestos.

If you are attending any of these events please pop along to our stand to see how we can help you.
For more information please e mail solutions@consortiumprocurement.org.uk

Universal Credit Round 2 Survey Complete

The second round of the Universal Credit surveys is now complete and analysis of the returned questionnaires is underway. A total of 54 NHC member organisations took the time to complete the latest survey and NHC would like to thank participants for their continued support for the project. Some initial findings from the latest round are:

  • 84.9% of respondents say there are still delays in processing UC claims
  • 91.3% of organisations who’s rent cycle is charged in advance say UC paid in arrears causes problems
  • Over one-third of organisations cited tenants terminating their tenancies due to UC
  • Over two-thirds have seen an increase in enquiries to their money advice teams
  • Almost one-quarter of organisations have introduced ability to pay checks as a result of UC

More in-depth analysis is continuing and there will be a second focus group held to gather more qualitative information from members. We are also looking for case studies relevant to the study. If you have anything you could contribute, please send them on to Barry Turnbull at barry.turnbull@northern-consortium.org.uk

More information about the Universal Credit project and the first round report are available from the NHC website here. If you’d like to take part in subsequent rounds of the research please contact Barry Turnbull at the above email address or at (0191) 5661030.

Parliamentary Constituency Profiles Updated

The Northern Housing Consortium Parliamentary Constituency Profiles have been completed and will be distributed to the relevant Members of Parliament. The latest edition covers topics such as:

  • Economic activity
  • Benefit take-up
  • Hourly pay and
  • Housing possessions

Unfortunately, due to a technical issue we are unable to upload the Profiles to our website, although previous editions are still available at this link

If you’d like to a copy of the latest edition, please contact Barry Turnbull at barry.turnbull@northern-consortium.org.uk or on (0191) 5661030 specifying the constituency or local authority area you’d like the profile(s) for.

Next Procurement Reference Panel meeting is fast approaching

Since 2010 the Consortium has facilitated a Procurement Reference Panel. This informal network provides a quarterly forum for procurement professionals from our membership to meet, share best practice, discuss current and emerging procurement issues, and explore opportunities for collaboration. Our next session is to be held at:

Incommunities on Thursday 22nd September 2016

Start Time: 10:00 a.m. – refreshments upon arrival

Address: The Quays, Victoria Street, Shipley, BD17 7BN

Room: Heaton 2

There is no obligation to attend regularly and we contact the group in advance for agenda items to ensure the sessions are focused and topical each time.

Financial Exclusion call for evidence

The House of Lords Select Committee on Financial Exclusion has published its call for evidence. Interested parties are invited to submit written evidence to the Committee by Wednesday, 14th September.

The Committee has been set up to consider financial exclusion, which results in people having difficulty accessing or using the mainstream financial services that are necessary to participate in daily economic life and society.

Baroness Tyler of Enfield, who chairs the Committee, said: “Our inquiry will attempt to find a way forward. We will look at the role banks and others in the financial services industry can play in helping those who are currently excluded and we will examine the role of charities, Government and regulators. We will also look at the quality of financial education in the UK. Are we doing enough to ensure that children, young people and adults understand their finances and know where to seek help if they need it?”

The call for written evidence contains 14 questions that the Committee wishes to receive responses to. The questions can be found here.

For the inquiry to be effective it is important that views and experiences are heard from a wide range of people and organisations, the NHC urges members to feed in views and supporting evidence from their organisations and tenants. The NHC will be submitting evidence on behalf of our members across the North, so would appreciate any information to be sent to satty.rai@northern-consortium.org.uk by Monday, 5th September.

Health and Housing | Older People and Physical Health

As part of our on-going work exploring the links between the health sector and registered providers in the North, the NHC have published a new briefing on the topic of older people and physical health with case studies from leading providers in the North of England. You can read the briefing here.

The substance of the report will be further explored in a forthcoming policy roundtable that will look specifically at the issue of how the housing sector is engineering new working relationships with the health sector to support older people later in life.

Details of this roundtable will be available shortly but to register your interest, please contact callum.smith@northern-consortium.org.uk