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

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.

Helping our members comply with Modern Slavery Act 2015

The Modern Slavery Act came into force in 2015 and enforces protection against slavery and trafficking in the UK. It requires business over a certain size threshold to disclose each year what action they have taken to ensure there is no modern slavery in their business or supply chains.

Following its introduction the NHC have undertaken a review of the requirements and fully supports the principles of the act, we are committed to ensuring the suppliers on our frameworks are compliant. We now include a compliance check within the selection stage of our new frameworks and we are currently working with existing suppliers to obtain their statements. Once the statements have been reviewed and checked by our procurement team we are happy to share with members.

EU Referendum: Message to our members

Now that the UK has voted to leave the European Union, Consortium Procurement would like to advise our members what this means for them in terms of their procurement exercises.

Clearly, there is general uncertainty for what this specifically means for the UK, however we understand that we will either have to retain the EU directive (EU Directive2014/23/EU) or introduce something similar. If the UK wishes to continue to trade with the EU (on terms comparable to that of Norway and Switzerland) we would have to abide by the EU trade rules.

Changing the UK’s legislation with regards to procurement would be a complex and time consuming process due to the number of public sector and industry bodies that would need to be consulted. The current Public Contract Regulations (PCR) were introduced in February 2015 and the UK were influential in drafting the current EU procurement directive, and therefore meets UK requirements.

As it is likely that we will remain under EU jurisdiction for a minimum of two years and up to four years, and it is widely felt that replacing the PCR will be a low priority for government, we do not anticipate any changes to process and procedures in the medium term.

Whilst the impact of the decision becomes clearer we will continue to offer our members Value for Money and stress free procurement through our bespoke offers and portfolio of frameworks. In addition, we will look to schedule a free briefing event over the next few weeks to provide advice and guidance to our members.

Helping our members perform essential maintenance and repair works at a highest level

We strive to deliver best quality service to our membership and to provide them with the support they need to meet legal requirements and to perform their duties as housing providers at the highest level.

Based on our experience in providing procurement support and acting as a first point of call for our members, we know that ensuring their housing stock is properly inspected, maintained and repaired if necessary is vitally important.

We require a high standard of competency from our suppliers which we test through our rigorous tender process. This ensures our suppliers are of the highest quality with the required qualifications and knowledge of their particular area of expertise.

From Asset Management, to Tenancy Sustainability, to Independent Living, we offer trusted and tested procurement solutions through our wide range of framework agreements. The repairs and maintenance element of procurement is fully covered through four of frameworks:

  • Asbestos Management Services – our members have a duty to identify the location and condition of this lethal material to prevent unnecessary disturbance or damage
  • Heating Systems – housing providers are required by law (Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998) to make sure gas appliances are well maintained  to keep tenants safe
  • Legionella & Water Treatment – our members are required to ensure their water systems are properly serviced, cleaned and maintained in line with The Legionella Control Association (LCA) Codes of Conduct
  • Passenger Lifts – those of our members who own or manage properties with lifting equipment are required to ensure they are properly maintained and safely installed in line with Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER)

Get in touch with us if you would like to understand more about our portfolio of frameworks. Ring us on 0191 566 100 or email us at solutions@consortiumprocurement.org.uk

Tunstall Healthcare is one of the suppliers on our new framework for Technology Enabled Care Services

Tunstall Healthcare (UK) Ltd has been awarded a place on our new framework for Technology Enabled Care Services.

The framework covers aspects of Connected Care and Connected Health including environmental sensors, safety and security solutions, installation and maintenance, and monitoring centre solutions.

The TECS framework runs for four years to November 2019, and provides a pre-approved, benchmarked and OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) compliant route to market, for potential customers to procure goods and services.

As the contracts were awarded under OJEU, Consortium Procurement members are able to call off products directly under the Products framework, streamlining the tendering process. Under the Services framework, customers specify their requirement and invite bids for the work by way of further competition.

The awards follow a rigorous assessment to validate Tunstall’s financial standing, quality of offer and commercial offering, all of which are benchmarked against the market to demonstrate MEAT (Most Economically Advantageous Tender).

Tracy Harrison, Deputy Chief Executive at the Northern Housing Consortium (Consortium Procurement) said “We are pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with Tunstall, helping our members to deliver services which are cost effective and enable proactive care and improved quality of life for older people and those with long-term care needs throughout the UK. The framework provide members with an easy-to-use procurement route from two trusted organisations.”

Kevin Alderson, UK Sales & Marketing Director commented “We have been working with the NHC for over twenty years, helping them to provide their members with a trusted, compliant and easy-to-access route to procure their telecare requirements. The latest award of two frameworks enables us to continue to develop our established relationships with many NHC members, as well as providing further opportunities to work with new customers.”

About Tunstall

Tunstall Healthcare Group offers a range of Connected Care and Connected Health solutions across each of its main regions – UK, Nordics, Southern Europe, Central Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. Through the use of smart technology underpinned by high quality, high touch services we support older people and those with long term needs to live as independently, securely, healthily and happily as they are able. As the market leading provider of technology-enabled care, we have been working with health, housing and social care partners for nearly 60 years. By effectively supporting health, independence and well-being, our Connected Care and Connected Health solutions improve outcomes and deliver efficiencies when compared to traditional models of hospital or residence-based care.

www.tunstall.com

@TunstallHealth

Tunstall Contact:  01977 661234

Social Value Toolkit – Call for Case Study Examples

As we’ve previously announced, we are working in partnership with HACT (Ideas and innovation in housing) on the development of a new Social Value procurement project.

To support us with this, we would welcome any case studies and examples of good practice within your organisation you would like to share with us on how you have successfully included social value within your contracts with NHC (and Consortium Procurement). We are willing to create branded case study promotional literature which you could use to promote the services that your organisation provides.

This new project intends to bridge the gap between the requirements of the social housing sector, public bodies and other housing organisations by drawing on our own experience of innovating in social impact measurement.

We will be looking to create a toolkit as a part of this project that includes checklists, guidance and best practice examples of how to include social value in your procurement process.

If you would like to be involved in this please contact Louise Chase on 0191 566 1026 by Thursday 12th May.

 

 

Health and Housing – Hand in Hand

The portfolio of frameworks that Consortium Procurement offers to our members includes a variety of collaborative procurement solutions that are being developed by professionals with an innovative approach to the ever-evolving world of housing.

We are closely observing the exciting changes the housing marketplace is going through including its gentle collaboration with the social and health sectors. This collaboration coincides with the rise of digital technology in almost every aspect of our lives prompting positive transformation in the way sectors operate and move forward in their development.

As the connection between housing and health has never been higher on the agenda, we have secured our members a trusted and compliant route to procure their telecare and telehealth requirements, keeping in mind the rapid advance of technology in those areas. We have developed our Technology Enabled Care Services framework in a bid to help our members support improved health outcomes for their tenants and communities.

The framework includes Product Provision with Installation and Services relating to TECS and has been split into five lots. Following a precise procurement process, we can offer our members an extensive selection of 15 supply partners that were appointed to this framework.

Tracy Harrison, Commercial Director at the NHC said: “We are pleased to continue to help our members to deliver services which are cost effective and enable proactive care and improved quality of life for older people and those with long-term care needs throughout the UK. The Technology Enabled Care Services framework provides members with an easy-to-use procurement route from a trusted organisation.”

The NHC has put a conference together, delivered in partnership with HACT, that will explore the health challenges facing our communities, the changing operational environment for the NHS, local integration of health, housing and social care and the opportunities for housing to engage in the new models of care. With a line-up of senior leaders in the NHS, Public Health, Social Care and Housing, this event will be key for those looking to extend, develop and strengthen local partnerships with health.

If you would like to book your place for the event, click here.

Alternatively, if you would like to receive more information about our portfolio of frameworks, please give us a ring on 0191 566 100.

Come and see us at some of the biggest procurement events of the year

Our team of experienced procurement professionals are looking forward to meeting you at some of the biggest procurement exhibitions and conferences this year.

Our schedule is already bursting with dates and we can’t wait to get on the road and come and talk to you about our frameworks and services as well as to share best practice in the sector.

We will be exhibiting at Procurex North on the 8th March in Manchester (stand 64) as well at Procurex South in London on the 20th April (stand 71). We have also reserved our stand for Procurex Wales, taking place in Cardiff on the 6th October. The Procurex-themed events are dedicated to supporting the delivery of public services by providing stakeholders with networking and collaboration opportunities as well as a grand arena for procurement discussions and debate.

We will be hosting the Consortium Procurement Village at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in Manchester (28th – 30th June 2016) for a fifth consecutive year. Our stand is large enough to accommodate 24 framework partners, and based on past feedback we have found that it provides an excellent networking, sales and business platform for our stakeholders.

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