Options for meeting the needs of older people in Islington requiring care

Options for meeting the needs of older people in Islington requiring care

The council is conducting a market test to better understand how the market may enlighten and constructively inform what will go out to tender, through a transparent, competitive procurement process.

UK-Finsbury Park: Health and social work services

2013/S 036-057183

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Islington Council
Strategic Procurement Team, Second Floor, 7 Newington Barrow Way
For the attention of: Sophia Pearson
N7 7EP Finsbury Park
Telephone: +44 2075278411
E-mail: sophia.pearson@islington.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.islington.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://www.londontenders.org/procontract/supplier.nsf/frm_home?openForm

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

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

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

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

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

1213-281 – Options for meeting the needs of older people in Islington requiring care
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 25: Health and social services
London Borough of Islington.
NUTS code UKI12

II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:

This is a Prior Information Notice (PIN) for information and to consult with the widest possible market only. The PIN is not a formal invitation to tender. There is no paid consultancy being advertised.
Islington Council is reviewing its current options for meeting the needs of older people in Islington with the following range of care home needs: dementia nursing, dementia residential, frail elderly residential, frail elderly nursing and psychiatric nursing.
The definition of older people with psychiatric nursing needs is, for the purposes of this paper, the group of citizens who are:
Over 60 years of age, and:
– Have a serious functional mental illness (SMI) or a dementia and,
– Where people with a moderate or severe dementia, present behaviour which challenges other service users and staff’ and
– Are in need of 24 hour care and support in a care home with nursing with Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) provision, and
– Assessed as being
— Having a critical risk to their independence under Fair Access to Care by Islington Council (LBI)
— Being eligible to fully funded NHS Continuing Health Care by Islington Clinical Commissioning Group (ICCG) where their primary need is an SMI or Dementia.
The council is conducting a market test to better understand how the market may enlighten and constructively inform what will go out to tender, through a transparent, competitive procurement process in the future, should any model go ahead.
Islington Council has been reviewing its current service provision and wants to maximise input to gather information to help inform potential models. The council currently holds several block contracts within Islington for the provision of a range of nursing and residential beds. The council is seeking to expand the number of its block contract arrangements to increase the number of care home beds available to older Islington residents.
The council would consider block contracting with a provider for a whole or part of a care home, but the minimum number of beds for a block contract arrangement is 12 (any combination of bed type as outlined above). The council would like to hear from providers who can help inform options for provision in Islington or nearby boroughs in any or all of the following:
– Care home premises with or without existing care and/or nursing services
– Plots with or without existing buildings that have current planning permission for development of a care home
– Other reasonable options that providers may be able to determine which meet the requirements of this advertisement and that developed as part of the review and wider market consultation.
There are no defined options or models and the council may not go ahead with any model suggested. We are seeking to assess the opportunities and future developments depend on the level of interest, expertise and capacity of provider agencies who are seeking to expand their interests in accordance with Islington Council’s intentions.
At this point, Islington Council is keen to take a flexible approach and consider all options and is undertaking a soft market testing exercise, which is not a stage of formal procurement. It is hoped this will provide a useful early insight into the potential for future developments. Islington Council is under no commitment to proceed with a formal procurement process. Any model which is ultimately commissioned will be designed to offer best value to the council and will follow standard procurement procedures.
The council may or may not work with further partners on developing the project. The council is likely to utilise the Restricted Procedure for any subsequent tender, but this is subject to change. Organisations who wish to apply only for the actual tender should look out for the publication of a future advertisement and cannot use this PIN to express their interest. If you wish to be contacted in relation to consultation, please provide your contact details in response to this PIN by 18 March.
Formal Expressions of Interest will be required to the advertisement in order to be considered and are some time away. All formal expressions of interest are planned to be managed on the council’s electronic tendering system. Owing to the limitations on the lots ‘field’, we are unable to tick yes without defining how many lots. Should any contract go ahead this may or may not have lots and this will be defined on subsequent advertisements. Due to the requirement to provide a date for the start of award procedures, the date given is an estimate only, and subject to change. Further details will be given in any subsequent Contract Notice, pre-qualification and/or tender documentation.
Estimated cost excluding VAT: 0 GBP

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures

II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:

The value of this consultation exercise is Nil.
The value spent on this type of service provision is between GBP 2-3 000 000 per annum.
The reference number is 1213-281. Please include the reference number when communicating with the council in any way. Any potential contract may result in being works or services related following a normal procurement process in line with legislative requirements, with applicable Contract Notices published where required. This PIN advertisement is only an exploration of available options. This PIN is exploratory only and so will not be used to reduce any tender timescales whatsoever. If you wish to be contacted in relation to consultation, please provide your contact details in response to this PIN by 18 March.
The council needs to meet the needs of people living with dementia and other mental health conditions that cannot be met in ordinary care homes with nursing for people with dementia. Both groups present a level of complexity not met elsewhere in the system because they often also have significant physical health needs. Provision would be needed for between 30-50 service users, potentially together or at multiple facilities preferably within or very near to the borough of Islington.
There is a complex range of needs for individuals. The review of the provision for older people with psychiatric nursing needs will enable the council clarify the current and future needs of this group and with market engagement understand what the future options could be. For people with dementia their primary need often changes to physical as their dementia progresses, and for older people with psychotic illness there is a high level of need around long term conditions. Both groups are likely to increase over the next 5, 10 and 15 year horizons.
Existing options include identification of:
o a suitable site for development or redevelopment
o a provider
o capital funding and sustainable revenue funding
The council would require at all times safe transition from one service configuration arrangement to another.
In keeping with Islington’s commitment to sustainability, please do not include any publicity material with your request to be consulted.
We would advise you to register on the e-tendering portal now in order that you receive an email alert when any future advertisement is published if the council decides to go ahead.
To sign up on our e-tendering system you must follow these steps:
o (a) Register your company, free of charge, via the London Tenders Portal (Due-North) link: https://www.londontenders.org/procontract/supplier.nsf/frm_home?openForm

o (b) Await acceptance.
o (c) Express your interest for any contracts that are of interest to your company.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

As per Contract Notice, pre-qualification and/or tender documentation.
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
VI.2)Additional information:

As per Contract Notice, pre-qualification and/or tender documentation.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework

VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:14.2.2013