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New TECS framework currently in development

After David Cameron called for immediate action last year to accelerate the development of drugs for dementia, those health – and older persons – related issues seem to persist in society. What is more, the issues facing the housing sector and social care as a whole seem to be greater than ever.

The Northern Housing Consortium’s nationwide experience so far confirms this, which is why we have decided to develop our Assisted Living framework further as it approaches its fourth consecutive year. Our experience throughout the last three years has shown us that our members tend to commission Assisted Living services in a variety of formats and scale, which means that there is a high demand for it.

We would like to remind our members of the nationwide availability of this particular framework delivered by our procurement arm Consortium Procurement. Our procurement professionals strive to deliver outstanding service and support to our stakeholders nationally, helping our members to make efficiency savings whilst continuing to deliver great quality key housing services to their tenants and residents.

In order to deliver value for money through a framework agreement but still facilitate viable service solutions this procurement framework has been structured in six different “lots”, appointed based on their areas of expertise:

  • Lot 1: Product Provision
  • Lot 2: Installation Services
  • Lot 3: Service, Maintenance and Repair
  • Lot 4: Call Monitoring
  • Lot 5: Mobile Response
  • Lot 6: Control Centre Equipment (Installation/Maintenance)

Because we strive to deliver best service to our members, the framework gives the ability to contract for one or several lots depending on their individual requirements.

The framework aims to provide for all needs and offers a wide range of products and associated services.

Members can specify flexible yet bespoke solutions for their individual requirements to promote choice to service users who wish to live independently yet with the confidence that assistance can be reached.

Some of the key benefits our new Technology Enabled Care Solutions framework will deliver are:

  • Fully EU directive compliant
  • Confidence and peace of mind – the NHC has 20 years’ experience in this market place
  • Flexible specifications to meet members’ and contractors’ bespoke requirements
  • Significant cost efficiencies

Since the new Assisted Living framework is currently being developed, the Consortium would like to encourage its members to advertise it to its supplier chains and to help us generate interest and involvement.

If you would like to understand more about the current Assisted Living framework or about the new TECS framework, please contact the team on 0191 566 1000 or drop us a line at solutions@consortiumprocurement.org.uk.

Refurbished homes offer tenants independent living

Newly refurbished sheltered accommodation offering an independent lifestyle has been officially opened in Leeds.

Ingram Court in Holbeck has benefited from a substantial make-over by sc4L as part of the council’s housing regeneration project.

Built in 1976, the building has now undergone a major transformation to provide 23 modern apartments for over sixties.

Tenants are taking up residence in one of three wheelchair accessible, assisted living two-bedroomed flats, 13 one-bedroomed apartments or seven two-bedroomed flats.

Offering a caring and supportive environment, Ingram Court will help people over 60 maintain an independent lifestyle for as long as possible.

Having officially opened Ingram Court today, Councillor Peter Gruen, executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel, said:

“It’s not just important to provide council housing but housing that supports people’s needs.

“The total remodel of Ingram Court means that we now have a bright, modern, comfortable environment that will give people their independence with the reassurance of help should they need it.

“Central to our housing regeneration project is the drive to improve the lives of local residents which Ingram Court will undoubtedly deliver.”

Jon Hinchliff, sc4L General Manager, said:

“One of the most rewarding aspects of working on a scheme like the housing regeneration project is making a positive difference to the neighbourhoods and communities living here.

“It’s been lovely to welcome residents moving in to Ingram Court and we wish them well in their new home.”

Sean Corcoran, Keepmoat Regional Director, said:

“This has been a very successful scheme for Keepmoat. The complex has had a complete makeover including some of the one bedroomed flats converted into two bedrooms. Externally we have created raised beds to grow vegetables and we look forward to working with the new tenants to produce a full crop.”

Ingram Court’s revised layout now houses 23 self-contained flats that benefit from new kitchens, windows and doors, heating system, roof and newly installed security system. Flexibility is also built in with each flat having a wet floor shower room that can be adapted with a bath and hoist if needed in the future to suit peoples’ needs.

Residents can enjoy the landscaped gardens with raised beds for planting their own vegetables. Inside they can join friends in the communal sitting area or take time out in the quiet room.

The flats at Ingram Court are being let through the Leeds Home scheme. To be considered, you must have an application registered on the Leeds Homes Register and express an interest by placing a bid for an Ingram Court flat.

Leeds City Council are still offering grants of up to 30% toward the costs of capital schemes. For further information email james.kilroy@leeds.gov.uk.