Residential Replacement (Respite) Care for Older People
Worcestershire County Council
Published date: 24 February 2023
Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to fulfil the contract.

If you want help with winning this tender, then take a look at our Bid Writing page.

Contract summary
• Health and social work services – 85000000
• Social work and related services – 85300000
• Social work services with accommodation – 85311000
Location of contract
Value of contract
Procurement reference
Published date
24 February 2023
Closing date
14 May 2026
Closing time
Contract start date
15 May 2026
Contract end date
16 May 2026
Contract type
Service contract
Procedure type
Restricted procedure (above threshold)
Contract is suitable for SMEs?
Contract is suitable for VCSEs?

Worcestershire County Council is inviting applicants to join a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for the provision of residential (without nursing) replacement care (also known as respite care or short breaks) for older people (65+). The provision will enable carers to have access to planned replacement care and will also be available to use on an unplanned, emergency basis. 

The provision of ‘replacement care’ is important in ensuring each of these Carer outcomes can be achieved: 
- Being recognised and valued  
- Having a life of my own  
- Being supported to maintain my physical and mental wellbeing.  

The provision will enable carers to have access to planned replacement care, and on an unplanned, emergency basis:  

1) Planned Replacement Care – A short term / temporary placement to give the carer a break from their caring role (a period of respite), as far as is possible on dates of their choosing e.g., for a family holiday. Planned replacement care could be booked up to four weeks in advance.  

2) Emergency Replacement Care – A short term / temporary placement that is required urgently to cover such eventualities as risk of the individual remaining in their own home or breakdown of a home care package or a change in the person’s needs or carer breakdown.  

The Council is looking to access 30 – 35 residential replacement care beds for older people at multiple locations across the County. The intention is to ensure beds are available in each of Worcestershire’s six District Council areas. Beds will be purchased on a spot basis from the DPS.  

Providers must be registered with CQC for providing ‘Accommodation for persons requiring nursing or personal care’, and /or ‘Treatment of disease, disorder or injury’; and rated “Requires Improvement” or higher by the tender closing date. 

The Tender will be run as a Light Touch Regime, a modified restricted procedure based on Regulations 28, 65 and 74-76 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, and will comprise of one application stage; selection and evaluation being run concurrently. Only Bidders meeting selection requirements will be considered for evaluation and a place on the DPS. 

The DPS for the service will be for a period of three years. It is anticipated that contracts will start May 2023. 

Further details of the Service required and the Tender process are set out in the document set for this Tender. 

Closing date for this Round 1 – 29th March 2023 12:00 mid-day. Subsequent Rounds will be opened as required.

More information
Is a Recurrent Procurement Type? : No

How to apply
Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.

About the buyer
Contact name
Alastair Jewson
Spetchley Road
United Kingdom
01905 846257

Leave a Reply