Issue details

Procurement of a framework for urgent and specialist support for children and young people

In the past year the County Council has experienced high volumes of requests for nurse-led care for children and young people at short notice and often in emergency situations. No existing framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system (DPS) is available at present to enable the County Council to purchase the type of care that meets the needs of these vulnerable children due to the specialist services required and the short notice periods given (often same day). The Covid-19 pandemic has also increased the demand for emergency provision to support families as part of the Council’s response.


This proposal is to establish a framework for the provision of urgent and specialist support for 4 years, with the potential to extend for a further 4 years. There will be no guaranteed spend through the framework, but the estimated spend over the maximum life of the framework (4+4 years) is £8.5m.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 22/07/2021

Decision due: November 2021 by Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

Lead member: Councillor Jacquie Russell

Contact: Stephen Humphries, Children's Contracts and Commissioning Manager Email:

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders Tel: 033 022 2253


Background papers

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