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The North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) has awarded a national Pro5 (http://www.pro5.org) framework to help local authorities meet the requirements of the personalisation agenda.

The UK government has challenged councils to provide 70 per cent of their social care service users with personal budgets by April 2013, with the vision of enabling individuals to take control of their care and support. Pro5’s four-year framework for the provision of Social Care eMarketplaces supports local authorities in implementing this personalisation target by offering a route to establish online environments, where service users can confidently purchase the goods and services relevant to their social care needs.

With an estimated value of up to £6m over four years, the framework aims to meet the needs of commissioners, providers and service users by delivering the following benefits:

- Better Information Management: eMarketplaces provide local authorities with a way of consolidating information on the goods and services available for purchase in one place.

- Promotes Collaboration Opportunities: eMarketplaces facilitate sharing of content across local authorities and with other agencies for the benefit of end users.

- Removes Barriers to Market: eMarketplaces allow a broader range of providers, such as the third sector and local suppliers, to sell to individuals.

- Drives Savings for Service Users: Visibility of the types of goods and services bought by budget holders enables negotiation of even better terms with providers.

- Provides a Cost Effective Solution to Councils: Opportunities to generate revenue through advertising mean that eMarketplaces offer local authorities a potentially cost-neutral solution.

A wide range of goods and services, relating to both Adult and Children’s social care, will be provided through eMarketplaces (such as home care, holistic therapeutic days out, residential home places and assistive equipment) enabling older and disabled adults, young people in care, and their carers to make informed choices regarding individual support packages.

Ian Taylor, Director of NEPO and the Pro5 Group, says: “A huge amount of effort has gone into making this framework the best solution for local authorities to deliver online support for personal budget holders and their carers. We know that suppliers, especially charities and social enterprises, will welcome the opportunities that the systems on the framework will provide to market their services to this growing market.”

Following a fully OJEU compliant process led by NEPO on behalf of Pro5, and with input from other interested authorities including Gloucestershire County Council as partners on the evaluation panel, 13 suppliers have been appointed to the framework across the following lots:

Lot 1: Provider Directory with provider profile management

Abritas Ltd

@UK Plc

EGS Group Ltd

OLM Systems Ltd

Open Objects Software Ltd

Quickheart Ltd

Shop4support Ltd

Slivers of Time Ltd

System Associates Ltd

Lot 2: Provider Directory with Catalogue Functionality

Arcus Global Ltd

@UK Plc

EGS Group Ltd

OLM Systems Ltd

Open Objects Software Ltd

Oxford Computer Consultants Ltd

Shop4support Ltd

Slivers of Time Ltd

System Associates Ltd

Lot 3: Provider Directory with Catalogue Functionality (Payment Options Provided within Marketplace Solution) and Advanced Reporting

@UK Plc

Cisilion Ltd

EGS Group Ltd

Open Objects Software Ltd

Oxford Computer Consultants Ltd

Pengower Ltd

Shop4support Ltd

Slivers of Time Ltd

System Associates Ltd

Lot 4: Provider Directory with Catalogue Functionality (Payment Options Provided within Marketplace Solution), Advanced Reporting and Additional Functionality

@UK Plc

Cisilion Ltd

EGS Group Ltd

Open Objects Software Ltd

Oxford Computer Consultants Ltd

Pengower Ltd

Shop4support Ltd

Slivers of Time Ltd

System Associates Ltd

Further information on the scope of each lot is available upon request.

The framework is the result of significant collaboration across a range of stakeholders including local authorities and third sector representatives. From specification development through to tender evaluation, the input of these stakeholders has been invaluable in ensuring that the needs of social care users are met. This dialogue will continue throughout the life of the framework.

Work is already underway to develop eMarketplaces in both the North East and South West using the Pro5 framework. Further announcements regarding opportunities for social care providers to participate in the resulting eMarketplaces will be made in due course

A User Guide has been developed to assist local authorities wishing to use the framework.

To find out more about the framework, visit the Pro5 website at www.pro5.org or email enquiries@pro5.org.

Notes to editors:

The Pro5 Group is a partnership of the largest public sector buying organisations in the UK (CBC, ESPO, NEPO and YPO), committed to delivering national procurement solutions that achieve best value and cost savings for the public sector. www.pro5.org

The North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) is the lead organisation for this tender, acting on behalf of Pro5 and working with other national and regional groups including the Local Government Collaborative Commissioning Group (LGCCG), the National Advisory Group (NAG) and the Local Government Association (LGA). Find out more about NEPO at www.nepoportal.org

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