Tender for Interpreting and Communication Services for People who are d/Deaf and Deafblind

Tender for Interpreting and Communication Services for People who are d/Deaf and Deafblind

10 Lots. Lot 1 – Face-to-face Interpreting Services (Verbal). Lot 2 – Face-to-face Interpreting Services (Non-Verbal).

Opportunity Id
DN542533
Title
Interpreting and Communication Services for People who are d/Deaf and Deafblind (May 2021)
Categories
410000 – Social Community Care Supplies & Services
Description

Background

Kent County Council (the Council) is the largest county council in England covering an area of 3,500 square kilometres. It has an annual expenditure of over £900m on goods and services and a population of 1.3m. The Council provides a wide range of personal and strategic services on behalf of its residents, operating in partnership with 12 district councils, Kent & Medway Clinical Commissioning Group and 289 parish/town councils.

The Opportunity

The Council has set up a Framework for Interpreting and Communication Services for People who are d/Deaf and Deafblind to allow the Council to buy communication services from a list of approved providers who meet a certain set of minimum standards. The framework commenced on 17th June 2019 and will run until 16th June 2023. The framework opens every two months for new tender applications.

Services which will be commissioned under the Framework will fall into one of the following disciplines. Applicants may apply to join the Framework within one of more of these disciplines (please download the Invitation to Tender for a list of the sub-lotting structure):

Lot 1 – Face-to-face Interpreting Services (Verbal)

Lot 2 – Face-to-face Interpreting Services (Non-Verbal)

Lot 3 – Transcription

Lot 4 – Lip Speakers

Lot 5 – Speech to Text Reporters

Lot 6 – Deaf Relay

Lot 7 – Translation

Lot 8 – Video Interpreting Services

Lot 9 – Other Sign Language Interpreting from an International Range of Languages

Lot 10 – Trainee Interpreters

Expression of Interest and Tender Process

Expressions of Interest will only be accepted via the Kent Business Portal. In order to submit your interest in this opportunity, please select the ‘Login and Express an Interest’ button located at the bottom of this page. Note: If you have not registered on the portal before, in order to successfully submit your interest you will first need to register for an account. After registration is complete and you have received your login details, you should return to the advert for the opportunity and express your interest. Once you have expressed an interest, you will be emailed an invitation to submit a tender. Tenders must be received by 12 noon on the 7th June 2021. The anticipated tendering schedule is as follows:

Invitation to Tender opens – 07/05/2021

Last date for clarification questions – 28/05/2021

Invitation to tender closes – 07/06/2021, 12 noon

Evaluation – week commencing 07/06/2021

Anticipated contract start date – 02/08/2021

Region(s) of supply
Kent
Estimated value
N/A
Keywords
BSL

Key dates

Estimated contract dates

Start date
14/12/2021
End date
16/06/2023

Contact details

Buyer
Kent County Council
Contact
Katherine Clark
Telephone
03000 411290
Address
County Hall
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 1XQ

Expression of interest window

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