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Decision to Procure and Award a Contract to Deliver a Healthwatch Gloucestershire Service

Meeting: 20/09/2023 - Cabinet (Item 8)

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Decision:

Cllr Carole Allaway-Martin and Cllr Stephen Davies sought Cabinet approval to conduct a competitive procurement process for the delivery of a local Healthwatch Service in Gloucestershire from 1st April 2024.

 

In addition to delegate authority to award the contract to the preferred tenderer to the Director of Public Health in consultation with the Cabinet portfolio holder for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years and the Cabinet portfolio holder for Adult Social Care Commissioning.

 

Having considered all of the information, Cabinet noted the report and

 

RESOLVED to:

 

Delegate authority to the Director of Public Health, in consultation with the above-mentioned Cabinet portfolio holders to:

 

1. Conduct a competitive procurement process in respect of a contract for the supply of a local Healthwatch service. The proposed contract shall continue for an initial period of five years and include an option to extend its term for two years.

 

2. Award such contract to the preferred tenderer.

 

3. Determine whether to exercise the option to extend the term of such contract for two years on its fifth anniversary.

 

Minutes:

8.1      Cllr Carole Allaway Martin and Cllr Stephen Davies sought Cabinet approval to conduct a competitive procurement process for the delivery of a local Healthwatch Service in Gloucestershire from 1st April 2024. In addition, to delegate authority to award the contract to the preferred tenderer to the Director of Public Health in consultation with the Cabinet portfolio holder for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years and the Cabinet portfolio holder for Adult Social Care Commissioning.

 

8.2      Healthwatch was the independent consumer champion for people who used health and social care. Gloucestershire County Council had a statutory duty to design and commission a local Healthwatch to perform functions that enabled local voices to influence and improve health and social care services.

 

8.3      The current contract was due to expire on 31st March 2024 and a new arrangement needed to be put in place.

 

8.4      The Cabinet paper set out two options with the preferred option being to undertake a legally compliant procurement process to find a supplier that would contract with the council to perform and develop Healthwatch Gloucestershire functions. This would be for a five year contract with the option to extend for a further two years.

 

8.5      With a view to the current contract expiring in March 2024, engagement activity had taken place throughout May/June 2023 and involved the Council engaging with service users, individuals, groups, organisations, and wider stakeholders.

 

Having considered all of the information, Cabinet noted the report and

 

RESOLVED to:

 

Delegate authority to the Director of Public Health, in consultation with the above-mentioned Cabinet portfolio holders to:

 

1. Conduct a competitive procurement process in respect of a contract for the supply of a local Healthwatch service. The proposed contract shall continue for an initial period of five years and include an option to extend its term for two years.

 

2. Award such contract to the preferred tenderer.

 

3. Determine whether to exercise the option to extend the term of such contract for two years on its fifth anniversary.