Kent County Council Postural Stability Programme

Kent County Council Postural Stability Programme

Kent County Council will shortly be inviting tenders to deliver evidence based community postural stability programmes in West Kent, final areas will depend on the number of clients on waiting list.

United Kingdom-Maidstone: Health and social work services

2015/S 158-291333

Simplified contract notice on a dynamic purchasing system

This notice is covered by: Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Kent County Council
County Hall
For the attention of: Miss Ima Orosei
ME14 1XQ Maidstone
Telephone: +44 3000412548

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority/entity:

Address of the buyer profile:

Electronic access to information:

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate:

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.3)Main activity

General public services

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities/entities

The contracting authority/entity is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities/entities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority/entity:

Postural Stability Programme.

II.2)Type of contract


II.3)Short description of the specific contract:

Kent County Council (the council) is the largest county council in England covering an area of 3 500 km². It has an annual expenditure of over 900 000 000 GBP on goods and services and a population of 1 300 000. The Council provides a wide range of personal and strategic services on behalf of its residents, operating inpartnership with 12 district councils seven clinical commissioning groups and 289 parish/town councils.
The Council has a statutory responsibility for Public Health and procures a number of services, which aim toimprove the health of the population and reduce health inequalities across the county.
The Opportunity
Kent County Council will shortly be inviting tenders to deliver evidence based community postural stability programmes in West Kent, final areas will depend on the number of clients on waiting list. Each programme will be 36 weeks in duration and will deliver strengthening and fall prevention exercise classes for people aged 65 or above who are most at risk of a fall. Each postural stability programme must be delivered by qualified postural stability instructors that have been accredited to deliver the full FaME / Otago exercise programmes. Additional information Kent has an ageing population and over the next 5 years it is anticipated that the population over 65 years will increase by at least 15 % (and by more than 20 % for those aged over 85 years). Falls are a significant public health issue, particularly among adults aged 65 or older and those aged 50-64 years who are judged by a clinician to be at higher risk of falling due to an underlying condition.
Evidence shows 1 in 3 over-65’s can expect to suffer a fall in a year and when this happens the consequences can be devastating for the individual and society. When older people suffer a fall, this could lead to a fracture, a lengthy hospital stay, an earlier than normal admission to a residential care home, reduced mobility and loss of independence. Furthermore, falls and fractures put huge pressure on the NHS, costing an estimated 2 300 000 000 GBP a year. There is a need to focus on preventative and early measures through joint working. A lot of falls can be prevented if at risk individuals are identified after the first fall, with interventions in place to prevent a second fall. Having in place a system that focuses on ‘multidisciplinary, multifactorial, health/environmental risk factor screening/intervention programs’ such as postural stability are likely to be beneficial with a falls risk reduction of 20 % according to the Cochrane Review on Falls Prevention. Postural stability classes will be delivered over a course of 36 weeks and will provide muscle strength training, flexibility and balance. The classes also include regular health talks in a sociable atmosphere which in turn helps to reduce isolation and sedentary behaviour which can cause loneliness in older people. Formal referrals into the service will be from health and social care professionals to target ambulant, frail, older people with a history and/or high risk of frequent falls.

Further information about accredited FaME / Otago programmes and details of how to qualify as an instructor can be found at:

Expression of Interest and Tender Process
In relation to Kent County Council’s Public Health DPS notice number: 323771-2014 The Council has up a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for Public Health Services to allow the Council to buy Public Health Services from a list of approved providers who meet a certain minimum standards and agree to a common set of contractual terms Approved providers will then be able to bid for the Council’s contracts to deliver Public Health Services.
Should you wish to tender for this opportunity, you must apply to be part of the Public Health Services DPS, applications to be included in this tender opportunity must be submitted to the DPS no later than midnight 1.9.2015. When expressing an interest in the opportunity, you will then be emailed an invitation to submit a Questionnaire to be added to the DPS.
If you have already been successfully admitted to the Public Health Services DPS, you will automatically be sent a copy of the tender documentation when published after the 2.9.2015. You will then be emailed an invitation to submit a Questionnaire to be added to the DPS.
Further guidance regarding how to use this portal can be found attached to the bottom of this advert on the Kent Business portal.
Questions and Communication
Please direct all questions and communication through the Kent Business Portal via the discussions facility. Further guidance can be can be found within the guide.

II.4)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.5)Quantity or scope of the specific contract:

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedureOpen
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority/entity:

IV.2.2)Previous publication (Contract Notice) providing more information about the dynamic purchasing system

Notice number in the OJEU: 2014/S 183-323771 of 24.9.2014

IV.2.3)Time limit for submission of indicative tenders for the specific contract

1.9.2015 – 00:00

IV.2.4)Language(s) in which tenders may be drawn up


Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Additional information:

VI.2)Date of dispatch of this notice: