Mutuals Support Programme – Adult Social Care, North Tyneside

Mutuals Support Programme – Adult Social Care, North Tyneside

An Adult Social Care Service (“the Potential PSM”) is seeking to spin out of North Tyneside Local Authority (“the Parent Body”).

Reference number: RM2622 – L0049

Deadline date:26/08/2013

This deadline is for… Deadline for submission of a Tender. Please see ‘How to apply instructions to suppliers’ for more information.

Contract value:£0 – £35,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: Tyneside North Tyneside

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? Yes

Name of the buying organisation: Government Procurement Service (on behalf of the Cabinet Office)


Description of the contract

An Adult Social Care Service (“the Potential PSM”) is seeking to spin out of North Tyneside Local Authority (“the Parent Body”). The service has 2 managers and approximately 14 support staff (mixture of full time and part time staff – staff will be made up of two separate services who are currently employed at different grades). The Potential PSM is a highly specialised learning disability support service for a very small number of individuals with extremely high levels of need – these individuals with challenging behaviour, who have left, are leaving, or support is being provided as an alternative to long stay hospital care. The service involves 24/7 caring provision in a person’s own home in close co-ordination with health and housing providers. In the first year of trading, the Potential PSM is initially proposing to support 2 people, and will be looking to deliver an additional 2 to 3 services in this first year. Whilst it is an intensive, expensive service, it provides better value for money and delivers improved outcomes than long stay hospitalisation. A procurement exercise was started for these services but failed to find any independent sector or commercial providers able to deliver, and therefore a staff-led independent mutual was identified as the preferred option (staff are looking to develop a ‘cooperative model’ involving staff and service users). The staff team are hoping to work towards full spin out from the Parent Body by October 2013.


Classification of the contract

79410000 Business and management consultancy services


Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? Yes : The Mutuals Support Programme (MSP) delivers help and support for proposed and existing Public Service Mutuals

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 2 Months


Who to contact

Contact name GPSOpsSouth

Organisation name Government Procurement Service

Address Room 3.19, 3rd Floor, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ

Telephone 020 7270 5870

Extension number:


How to apply

To participate in any possible future procurement which results from this RFP, Potential Providers must first be registered on the Government Procurement Service e-Sourcing Suite. If you have not yet registered on the eSourcing Suite, this can be done online at by following the link ‘Register for GPS eSourcing’. Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so at the Invitation to Tender stage. Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, you will need to express and interest for the Mutuals Support Programme – Planning Portal. This is done by emailing Your email must clearly state: • the name of this procurement is Mutuals Support Programme – Adult Social Care, North Tyneside and the reference number RM2622 – L0049 • the name of the registered supplier; and • the name and contact details for the registered individual sending the email. Government Procurement Service will then process this email and assign your organisation to the opportunity. The registered user will receive a notification email to alert them once this has been done. The Invitation to Tender will be issued by close of play on Monday 12th August and therefore suppliers can register on the e-Sourcing Suite between the issue date of this Contracts Finder advert and the deadline date. The deadline date for receipt of final outstanding requests for clarification will be 12 noon on Tuesday 20th Aug 2013. It is advised however that Potential Providers register as soon as practically possible in order to receive the Invitation to Tender and have a sufficient amount of time to respond. For technical assistance on use of the eSourcing Suite please contact the Helpdesk: Freephone: 0345 010 3503 Email: