Decision details

Carers Short Breaks and Sitting Service

Decision Maker: Corporate Director of Health and Adult Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To request approval for a six month extension to the current contracts.


Approval has been given to a six month contract extension to the Carers Short Break/Sitting Service.

Reasons for the decision:

The contract extension will allow sufficient time before a new procurement for more specific follow-up engagement. This will take into account the market appetite for flexibility of service options, for better alignment with the wider prevention context and the introduction of the new Approved Provider Lists in November 2022. It will also give sufficient time to engage with the new Integrated Care Boards regarding ongoing NHS contributions.

There is a two year extension clause built into the existing contract which ends 31 March 2023.

Alternative options considered:

An immediate procurement was considered and rejected as there was insufficient time to consider alternatives and conduct the appropriate level of engagement

Publication date: 20/09/2022

Date of decision: 16/09/2022

Effective from: 27/09/2022