Social care procurement and re-tendering exercises are now under way in City of Edinburgh, North Lanarkshire, Scottish Borders and East Lothian Councils, with forthcoming exercises taking place in Angus, Highland and Renfrewshire Councils. CCPS is writing to senior officers and elected members in all these councils with a series of ‘key messages’ on procurement drawn from our 2008 survey report. (see article below on care service re-tendering)
CCPS has also been invited to discuss its views on commissioning and procurement with Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Perth & Kinross Councils. In Aberdeen City, a well-attended meeting was held for CCPS members in mid-February at which the Head of Commissioning and his colleagues set out the council’s plans, with CCPS making a presentation on the issues facing providers in respect of procurement and tendering. A follow-up meeting is planned for late summer, and in the meantime the council’s legal services team has undertaken to liaise with CCPS in relation to its procurement strategy. In Aberdeenshire, CCPS gave evidence in early March to the council’s audit and scrutiny committee, which is conducting an investigation into care commissioning, and took the opportunity to set out members’ concerns around service re-tendering. In Perth & Kinross, CCPS will be helping the council to arrange a provider seminar at which the council can set out its thinking on future commissioning arrangements and seek feedback. In all these instances, CCPS is working with the local council for voluntary service (CVS).