COVID 19- commissioning and procurement

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The COSLA Commissioning Guidance (April 17th) sets out advice and best practice for local authorities in commissioning during the COVID-19 period. Procurement advice is set out in Scottish Public Procurement Notices (SPPNs) 4, 5 and 6.  You can read a summary of all these sets of advice in our  COVID-19 and procurement briefing 11 May.

To help providers focus on the supporting people during COVID-19 we ask commissioners to:

  • Suspend all routine (re)tendering exercises for the duration of the COVID-19 period. Ideally the suspension should last until the end of the recovery period too.
  • Maximise the use of the flexibilities available to you under existing procurement legislation and guidance to extend, vary and be flexible about existing contracts.
  • Collaborate by default it’s tempting during a crisis to revert to ‘command and control’ leadership approaches to get things done. There are so many unintended consequences in social care commissioning it is better to collaborate early and collaborate well.

Looking for the Commissioning & Procurement Project?

The C&P team are now working from home and we are happy to help with your commissioning and procurement questions and plans (whether they are related to COVID-19 or not!) The best way to get in touch is by email.

You can see our recent work, quick guides and publications here.

The programme is jointly funded by CCPS and Scottish Government and forms part of the COSLA/SG Adult Social Care Reform Programme.

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