Bracknell Forest Council is seeking to establish a Home Care Framework.
The Council is inviting applicants to join the Framework for the provision of home care services. The Framework will be used by the Council as a means to advertise, tender and award ‘call-off agreements’ for services that have common characteristics e.g. packages of care.

The service is intended to support individuals aged 18+ who live within Bracknell Forest and meet the eligibility threshold for care and support as set out in the Care and Support (Eligibility Criteria) Regulations 2014 for the Care Act 2014. Individuals will have a range of care needs, including complex and challenging behaviours.

The service includes activities such as personal care, discharge to assess and supports the reablement of individuals following hospital admission. Although provision is for 18+ this specific service is primarily and foremost a regulated activity for the 65+, delivered by CQC registered providers.

Support to individuals with Learning Disabilities is not in scope for this tender.

The Council is making use of the allowances of the Light Touch Regime of the Public Contracts Regulations (including social care), allowing for the procurement procedures to be run in a way that does not conform to standard procedures so long as the principles of transparency and equal treatment are maintained.

The procurement is a 3 stage process:
1) Minimum entry requirement,
2) Compulsory SQ
3) Technical Questions.
This is a fixed price contract therefore the evaluation at stage 3 will be 100% quality

The Council will not consider any applications from bidders who do not meet the requirements detailed above.
The Council may, at its discretion, reopen the Framework at any time through the term of the contract and advertise that a subsequent evaluation for new providers will be undertaken. This will generally be in the following circumstances:
• The Framework has failed to meet the minimum 95% of packages for a 2 month period
• There is a specific need in the market not being met

Alternatively, the Council reserves the right to grant tenderers “Reserve Provider” status. Reserve providers will be ranked in order of their quality score. Classification of a tenderer as a Reserve Provider shall not create any obligation or expectation that the Council will appoint the tenderer to the Framework at a later date.
The Council is under no obligation to designate any tenderer as a Reserve Provider and shall retain complete discretion as to whether to reopen the Framework or to appoint, none, one or multiple Reserve Providers to the Framework A tenderer’s Reserve Provider status shall automatically lapse following the period of one year from the commencement date of the Framework. Reserve status providers will be under no obligation to join the list of pre-qualified bidders if requested, (however by accepting shall be deemed to be legally bound by their original tender).
See also FTS and SEBP notices