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THIIS has gathered public sector tenders in the mobility and independent living industry set to expire in the coming weeks to ensure mobility providers large and small do not miss out on their chance to put in a bid.

Find out below which deadlines are due to pass up and down the country, including the opportunity to tender to run a Shopmobility service at the busy and popular Bicester shopping village:

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North West

Tender: TC684 – Framework for Sensory Equipment

Deadline: 26 August 2019

Location: North West

Buyer: Manchester City Council

Value: £150k

Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications.

Contract start date: 01 November 2019

Contract end date: 31 October 2021

Is contract suitable for SMEs? Yes

Is contract suitable for VCSEs? Yes

Description:

TC684 – Framework for Sensory Equipment The Framework Agreement is for the supply of Sensory Equipment for deaf, hard of hearing and visually impaired people who live in Manchester. The equipment is aimed at enabling independence within the home and is provided to the customer following an assessment of need carried out by Manchester City Council’s Sensory Team.

For more information: Contact Damayanti Tailor on +44 1612344106 or email d.tailor@manchester.gov.uk


East Midlands

Tender: Inspection, Service and Repair of Lifts and Hoists in Domestic Settings

Deadline: 05 August 2019

Location: East Midlands

Buyer: Nottinghamshire County Council

Value: £250k

Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications.

Contract start date: 01 October 2019

Contract end date: 30 September 2021

Is contract suitable for SMEs? Yes

Is contract suitable for VCSEs? Yes

Description:

Nottinghamshire County Council now requires an Inspection, Service and Repair of Lifts and Hoists in Domestic Settings Service

For more information: Contact Amanda Oakley on +44 1159773203 or email amanda.oakley@nottscc.gov.uk


South East

Tender: Bicester Shopmobility 2019

Deadline: 06 August 2019

Location: Oxfordshire

Buyer: Cherwell District & South Northamptonshire Council

Value: £80k – £160k

Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications.

Contract start date: 01 October 2019

Contract end date: 30 September 2021

Is contract suitable for SMEs? Yes

Is contract suitable for VCSEs? No

Description:

Cherwell District Council (‘the Authority’) is inviting Tenders for the Provision of The Management of Bicester Shopmobility Service. The service will operate Monday to Saturday, 10.00 am to 3.30 pm or such other hours as agreed from time to time. The Service is to provide mobility impaired customers with mobility equipment and to assist with their transfer from and to vehicles/buses at town centre car parks and bus stops.

For more information: Contact Ken Fowler on 01295753748 or email ProcurementEnquiries@Cherwell-DC.gov.uk


Tender: East Sussex Children and Adult Wheelchair and Specialist Seating Service Ref 18.434 Invitation to Tender

Deadline: 06 August 2019

Location: South East

Buyer: South Of England Procurement Centre

Value: £9.8m

Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications.

Contract start date: 01 July 2020

Contract end date: 31 March 2024

Is contract suitable for SMEs? Yes

Is contract suitable for VCSEs? Yes

Description:

The aim of the East Sussex Children and Adult Wheelchair and Specialist Seating Service is to make sure users optimise their mobility and independence and improve their quality of life through receiving timely access to appropriate assessment, provision and maintenance of equipment through a fully integrated service.

The provider will assess users for the provision of wheeled mobility equipment (both powered and manual) for those with long term mobility problems. Pressure-relieving cushions and postural management wheelchair equipment will also be provided to meet the user’s long-term clinical need. The provider will also assess for specialist static postural seating.

The Wheelchair Charter, developed by the National Wheelchair Leadership Alliance identified a number of ambitions for wheelchair services which the service provider will need to adhere to.

These are:

  • A person-centred service that works in partnership with service users and their carers and makes the user/carer voice central to any design, innovation and service change.
  • Equality of access and provision for all, irrespective of age or postcode and including essential user skills training as standard.
  • Entry to the service via referral from an appropriately skilled professional. The time from referral to delivery will be at least within the constitutional right of 18 weeks
  • Assessments for all wheelchairs and associated postural support within nationally mandated timescales and priorities taking into account all aspects of individual needs including those of carers.
  • Establishing regular reviews with the user/carer according to their individual needs.
  • Prescriptions which take into account the current and future needs for all adults and children including those of carers.
  • Delivery, maintenance and emergency backup provided to nationally mandated timescales.
  • Innovative and flexible budgeting working with key partners to strengthen integration across health, social care, work and education, enabling the accommodation of individual needs, independence health and wellbeing.
  • Recruitment of qualified staff in respect of numbers and skills, with support for on-going development and training.
  • Supporting clinicians, manufacturers and independent organisations working together to develop innovative, affordable products and solutions.

The contract will be for 3 years and 9 months duration. Commissioners reserve the right to extend for up to a further 24 months. The value stated represents the value of the primary duration (3 years and 9 months).

For more information: Contact Chris McCarthy on 01273 485300 or email chrismccarthy@nhs.net


Tender: STAYING PUT DISABLED FACILITIES GRANT WORK, PRIMARILY SHOWER ROOM CONVERSIONS, OTHER HOME ADAPTATIONS INCLUDING EXTERNAL RAMPING AND OTHER HOSPITAL DISCHARGE WORKS

Deadline: 15 August 2019

Location: South East

Buyer: Swale Borough Council

Value: £8.0m

Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications.

Contract start date: 30 April 2020

Contract end date: 30 April 2022

Is contract suitable for SMEs? Yes

Is contract suitable for VCSEs? No

Description:

Swale Borough Council is inviting Expressions of Interest to tender for the Staying Put Disabled Facilities Grant work, primarily shower room conversions/adaptations, external ramping and associated works.

The contract will commence on Thursday, 30 April 2020 and terminate on Saturday, 30 April 2022. The Council may extend this opportunity for up to 2 years. The tenderers who submit the Most Economically Advantageous Tender, (MEAT) will be awarded the contract.

The contract will involve holding a Contractor Framework of Builders who can deliver adaptation works assessed as needed in people’s homes through the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG), handy person works required to enable older and vulnerable people to be discharged from hospital in a timely manner as well health and safety assessed works required to prevent hospital admissions.

Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) work and services include shower room conversions, adaptations, extensions, external ramping and associated works.

Hospital discharge and falls prevention works mainly involve the installation of external ramping with galvanised rails, fitting mop-sticks, ensuring bannisters are fit for use and repaired or new ones installed, lowering thresholds on doors for wheelchair access and cleaning and clearing rooms.

Other works may be assessed as being required under DFG, hospital discharge and prevention and these will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Hospital discharge cases are deemed as ‘urgent work’ and require a start on site within 3 days of agreed works assessed. The works must also be completed within an acceptable timescale. Repairs and smaller ‘handy-person’ works will also be Framework, and could include gardening, decorating, cleaning & clearing, roofing, electrics, plumbing, damp-work, decorating, replacement windows and flooring. Builders do not need to do all the repairs, a tick list will be used for builders to indicate which repairs they are interested in.

Interested suppliers are advised that there are no guaranteed levels of works or income and that the Council will call off the successful supplier list at the Council’s discretion. A preferred supplier list will be formulated from the successful suppliers who will be selected in order of the most economically advantageous tenders based on technical and professional ability, price and availability.

Works will be undertaken to various private residential properties in Swale to enable elderly and vulnerable people to stay in their homes.

The closing date for submission of Expressions of Interest and the closing date for the I.T.T. will be 15/08/2019 23:55.

For more information: Contact Charlotte Knowles on +44 1795417584 or email charlotteknowles@swale.gov.uk


Tender: Medway Integrated Community Equipment Service (MICES)

Deadline: 16 September 2019

Location: South East

Buyer: Medway Council

Value: £11.0m

Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications.

Contract start date: 01 July 2020

Contract end date: 30 June 2023

Is contract suitable for SMEs? Yes

Is contract suitable for VCSEs? Yes

Description:

Medway Council and NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group have partnered to procure a single Integrated Community Equipment Service (ICES) for the people of Medway. The partners are looking for a provider that can deliver a cost effective and innovative service within the allocated budget.

The population of Medway is approximately 278,000 and is estimated to grow to approximately 330,000 by 2035. While Medway has a relatively young population, the number of older people is set to increase with those aged over 70 rising by 20% in the next 5 years. Older people have a higher usage of health (hospital admissions) and care services (long term care needs) compared to other age groups. There is an expectation that demand for community equipment will increase in line with the increasing ageing population of Medway.

For more information: Contact Lisa Barrett on +44 1634337402 or email lisa.barrett@medway.gov.uk


South West

Tender: NHS Devon CCG – Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon Wheelchair Services for Children, Young People & Adults (standard and specialist)

Deadline: 22 August 2019

Location: South West

Buyer: NHS South West Commissioning Support

Value: £9.2m

Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications.

Contract start date: 01 April 2020

Contract end date: 31 March 2025

Is contract suitable for SMEs? Yes

Is contract suitable for VCSEs? Yes

Description:

The service will provide a high quality and clinically safe integrated Wheelchair Service, including the assessment and provision of equipment, aftercare, repairs, maintenance and support for adults and children who have a physical/cognitive and /or degenerative long-term condition which limits mobility. This may also include people who require end of life care. The service will be customer focused and strive to ensure customer satisfaction through skilled and efficient assessment, handover, and maintenance/repair and call out arrangements.

The Wheelchair Service will assess users for the provision of wheeled mobility equipment for those clients with long term mobility needs, both powered and manual. Pressure-relieving cushions and postural management equipment will also be provided to meet long term clinical need.

Assessment and provision will take into account the needs of both the user and the carer/parent and environmental constraints. The service will offer an assessment by senior practitioners for users with complex needs prescribing bespoke equipment. All users will be offered assessments either by telephone and/or letter and either seen in a clinical, home or work environment dependent on the users specified needs.

The specialist centre should be equipped with appropriate equipment for physical examinations and pressure measurement plus suitable facilities for moving and handling. Trial wheelchair/seating equipment should be made available.

The Wheelchair Service will act as a lead for advice on mobility equipment and seating. It will provide training in basic wheelchair prescription to staff and prescribers from acute, community and social care service areas. The service’s therapists will work in an integrated way with rehabilitation engineers and manufacturers to further product development to enhance future wheelchair design.

This procurement is being carried out by NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit (SCW) on behalf of the Commissioners.

For more information: Contact Mark Harding at mark.harding@nhs.net

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