Tendering for Care

Tendering as a Consortium

Are you faced with a tender specification which includes services which you cannot deliver, or of which you have no experience?

Do you want to find out about the processes, advantages and perils of collaborative tendering?

Do you need to know how to set up a consortium using methods which are within the law and avoid the risks of legal challenge or the fines which can be imposed on providers who get it wrong?

Many purchasers are seeking to reduce their costs by managing fewer contracts. This requires broader contract specifications and collaborative working by a range of providers, each offering a different aspect of the specified requirements. Over recent months providers have been encouraged to collaborate in order to tender, whilst bigger, broader contracts are making this a necessity in order to meet the requirements of many specifications. 

Collaborative working takes a number of formats which can range from a loose association, a federation, or more formal structures including mergers, joint ventures and Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) sometimes referred to as Special Purpose Enterprises. The Cabinet Office published a guide to the three basic consortium models called "Working in a Consortium" which was edited by TfC and can be downloaded from the "Working in a consortium and 12 golden rules" link further down this page.

TfC offers two one day courses for delivery "in-house", on behalf of bodies organising courses, or to groups.

"Tendering as a consortium" is a one-da,y CPD Certified course which addresses:

  1. Competition Law and the rules which apply to working in a consortium;
  2. Different models of consortium working;
  3. How to develop a consortium and stay law and avoid a legal challenge.

"How to tender as a consortium" is a more detailed one-day, CPD Certified course for providers who wish to form a consoritum:

  1. What are the main conisderations and steps to be taken for effective consortium working;
  2. Selecting the most approptiate model for the contract in question;
  3. Putting in place the necessary documentation, Agreements and Memoranda.

This course provides participants with the model documentation, agreements, checklists, etc. to convince a purchaser that the consortium will work effectively to deliver the contract. The course is based on a proven model of consortium formations which has been used by providers to tender successfully and be awarded conracts.

These courses are suitable for Directors/Trustees and managers of health and social care providers and others wishing to contract with Local Authorities, CCGs, PCTs the NHS, etc.

Details including learning objectives  can be found by clicking on the links below.

A link to the Company's Training and Services Cancellation Policies can be found at the bottom of this page

Tel. 01629 57501

Fax 01629 584972

email info@tenderingforcare.com


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