In support of national and local initiatives, Staffordshire County Council are working towards the establishment of 7 centres of excellence (CoE) to provide care for elderly residents of Staffordshire.
The aim of the project is to provide registered care across the Staffordshire region, for people suffering from a range of age related conditions, including dementia. This care must meet the current and future needs of the people of Staffordshire, taking into account the increasing demographic pressure in the region and rise in degenerative illnesses, including dementia.
The objective of the tender process is to appoint a provider, or number of providers, to design, build, and have the responsibility to manage and operate the CoE.
The CoE will provide a range of care services for residents suffering from differing levels of degenerative illnesses and other conditions, to ensure they have access to appropriate care as demand for services increase. In addition to care services, the contract may include associated or interdependent services, which could complimement or secure long term provision and viability of services for Staffordshire.
The focus of the project is on allowing people to maintain their independence and have choice and control over their lives, ensuring they are able to live a fulfilling life given their individual health circumstances.
The CoE will ensure a better quality of life for those that require specialist support services and will support a holistic care pathway, with residents having flexible access to care as their needs increase from initial diagnosis to end of life. They are intended to provide a range of services that reflect the progressive changes associated with a dementia related illness including assessment facilities, respite services, early onset, non challenging social care, extra care, challenging nursing care, complex mental health needs and specialist nursing and palliative care.
This will enable choice, control and dignity for the people who access services and a reduction in requirement for people to move to residential or nursing care in the later stages of dementia.
The CoE will give residents access to best in class building design, environmental factors, security and safeguarding and assistive technology. In addition to these factors, we envision the CoE will provide various well being and leisure facilities, such as haidressers, restaurant/cafe, shops, gardens, gyms, educational courses etc. Overall the CoE should provide a safe, welcoming, stimulating and homely community environment for all residents.
The County Council is flexible in its approach to the way in which the project is delivered, and to this end the intended procurement strategy is to engage in a competitive dialogue process with shortlisted bidders, once the County Council commences the formal and legal process.
The competitive dialogue process will allow discussions to take place between the County Council and shortlisted bidders to establish the optimum delivery model for the project, ensuring the highest quality of accommodation and care is provided to the elderly residents of Staffordshire and best value for money is achieved for the County Council long term.
As part of the competitive dialogue process, the County Council is looking to engage the market prior to the issue of the formal contract notice.
Interested parties who express an interest in the project will be invited to attend a bidder event to be held at Staffordshire County Council offices on 16.10.2012.
The objective of this event is to share details around this opportunity with the market, and to allow the market to unlock their knowledge and experience of the care sector in order to provide innovative, holistic, long term care solutions and provisions across Staffordshire.
All interested parties should register their interest in the project as per the details in Section II.8 below. Please ensure this process is completed no later than 12:00 noon on 28.9.2012.
If interested parties would like to learn more about this opportunity we look forward to hearing from you. For an informal discussion please contact the person named in Section I.1 above.
Please note that initially this contract will be for the use of Staffordshire County Council only, however, and at the sole discretion of the County Council, other County Councils and local authorities may wish to utilise the contract at a later date.