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Essex County Council are seeking to engage with the market ahead of a procurement exercise for the provision of advocacy services within Essex. This will be in the form of an engagement questionnaire to the market, focussing on key areas that will ...

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Essex County Council
County Hall
Chelmsford
CM1 1QH
United Kingdom
Contact person: Nick Green
E-mail:
NUTS code: UKH3

Internet address(es):

Main address: www.essex.gov.uk

I.2)Joint procurement
I.3)Communication
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.5)Main activity
General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

Essex Advocacy Services - Market Engagement.

Reference number: 0545
II.1.2)Main CPV code
85000000
II.1.3)Type of contract
Services
II.1.4)Short description:

Essex County Council are seeking to engage with the market ahead of a procurement exercise for the provision of advocacy services within Essex. This will be in the form of an engagement questionnaire to the market, focussing on key areas that will assist ECC in the shaping of the future procurement process and service delivery.

The engagement questionnaire can be downloaded directly by all parties that wish to participate in the engagement exercise, and this is available via the following link:

https://www.livingwellessex.org/working-with-us/current-and-future-procurement-opportunities/

On the site, please follow the link under the Advocacy Services (Adults) section titled ‘Advocacy Soft Market Testing Document’ - this will allow you to download and save the document in MS Word format.

Should you have any queries relating to this notice and engagement, please contact

II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
85312310
98000000
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKH3
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Essex County Council currently holds four advocacy contracts, operating independently of each other and managed by three providers. These current contracts cover the following services:

- Formal 1:1 Advocacy, including NHS Complaints Advocacy,

- Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy,

- Independent Mental Health Advocacy,

- Citizen Advocacy.

These contracts are due to expire in June 2018, and ECC is seeking to procure advocacy services to commence from 1st July 2018 and ensure that services continue to be available to the residents of Essex.

At present the project team is scoping potential procurement options for these services and discussing the pros and cons of each option. The market engagement questionnaire will be a key element that will inform ECC to understand the existing market and shape the procurement around this feedback.

All responses to this questionnaire should be returned via email to , not later than 17:00 on 1.9.2017.

All responses will be for the use of Essex County Council only, and will not be shared with any external parties for any purpose.

II.2.14)Additional information
II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:
07/01/2018

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
10/08/2017