Care Services in Supported Housing – Approved Provider List 

Care Services in Supported Housing – Approved Provider List

Lancashire County Council is intending to identify support providers to be included as part of an Approved Provider List.

United Kingdom-Preston: Health and social work services

2019/S 231-567605

Social and other specific services – public contracts

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Lancashire County Council
Postal address: Lancashire County Council of PO Box 78, County Hall, Preston PR1 8XJ
Town: Preston
NUTS code: UKD4
Postal code: PR1 8JX
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Paul Fairclough
Internet address(es):Main address:

I.2)Information about joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Approved Provider List for the Provision of Care Services in Supported Housing

Reference number: PF/ACS/LCC/710

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

Lancashire County Council is intending to identify support providers to be included as part of an Approved Provider List (APL). This APL will deliver care services in supported housing settings. It is intended that the APL will remain in effect for 7 years with the option to extend for up to a further 3 years. Service contracts awarded as call-off contracts from the APL will be up to 10 years in length, with initial periods, break points and potential extensions configured to balance the stability of care for service providers and manage service provider performance.. Associate NHS bodies, neighbouring local authorities, or their successors, can call off from this agreement as detailed in the ‘Description of the Procurement’.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 1 200 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)


II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKD4
Main site or place of performance:

These services will be provided in a number of settings throughout Lancashire, in supported housing settings.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

This procurement procedure is considered to be subject to the Light Touch Regime under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. The Approved Provider List (APL) will be an open list: applicants can apply to join during its term if the applicant satisfies the selection requirements. The APL will be open for new applications from the date of publication of the invitation to participate documents and will remain open for new applications at any time during the APLs term. Following an evaluation process applicants will receive an outcome notification if successful.

Service users will predominantly be people with learning disabilities/autism, people with mental health needs, people with physical disabilities. But will also include a number of any other service user category. As determined appropriate the Council reserves the right to utilise the APL for the awarding of contracts under the Transforming Care agenda involving people with a learning disability and/or autism and who display behaviours that can be described as challenging.

Successful applicants will be required to sign an APL Agreement and will be appointed as a provider.

The APL will be used by the Council and associates to call-off when care and support is required in a supported housing setting. The call-off procedure provides flexibility in the way the Council will formulate and award service contracts with the intention of providing the best possible care and support to people and will be based upon the core service specification and core service contract.

Existing business is anticipated to be retained by existing providers who have been successful in applying to the APL, on the basis of Service user choice. It is also anticipated that new business will arise each year. Successful providers may be required to produce an annual service development plan for each service contract to respond to changing needs and have regard to service efficiency and improvement.

Social value may form part of the award criteria evaluation.

The associate bodies, or their successors that can call off from this agreement are: NHS Chorley and South Ribble CCG, NHS East Lancashire CCG, NHS Fylde/Wyre CCG, NHS Greater Preston CCG, NHS Morecambe Bay CCG, NHS West Lancashire CCG and NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG as well as Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

All aspects (documents/attachments/responses) of the application can and must be submitted via the eTendering system. The Council will not accept email or hard copy/paper applications in relation to this process and you must make your application electronically via the eTendering portal.

Further information about how to apply to be included on the list can be found at LCC tenders page: / or

II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract or the framework agreement

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation

III.1.4)Objective rules and criteria for participation

List and brief description of rules and criteria:

LCC requires applicants to be registered with the CQC in England for the services and that the applicant has been registered with CQC for the regulated activity of personal care for a minimum of 2 years at the time of application. CQC Registration must reflect a type of service of ‘Community services — learning disabilities’ and/or ‘Supported living’ and specialisms/services of ‘Learning disabilities’ and/or ‘Mental health conditions’.

Nominated locations put forward must be rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by CQC.

See invitation to participate for full requirements, particularly in regard to requirements concerning: insurance, financial ratios, consortia requirements, mandatory and discretionary exclusion criteria, references and past performance/experience.

III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession

III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

See published documentation.

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Form of procedure
IV.1.3)Information about framework agreement
IV.1.10)Identification of the national rules applicable to the procedure:

IV.1.11)Main features of the award procedure:

New business will be awarded by call-off from the APL with consideration given to award business via mini-competition, service user choice or direct award according to the call-off procedure set out in the documents found at: or

IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate / Time limit for receipt of expressions of interest

Date: 05/01/2027

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:


Section VI: Complementary information

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

Award notices relating to this contract notice will be submitted quarterly as required thoughout the term of the agreement.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Lancashire County Council
Postal address: Lancashire County Council of PO Box 78, County Hall, Preston PR1 8XJ
Town: Preston
Postal code: PR1 8XJ
Country: United KingdomInternet address:
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: