Decision details

Extension to Community Equipment Contract

Decision Maker: Corporate Director of Health and Adult Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To agree an extension to the community equipment contract


To extend the Integrated Community Equipment Contract by two years from 30 November 2021

Reasons for the decision:

There is a risk that by not utilising the contract extension would result in the current contract ending, with partners being responsible for sourcing equipment individually, leading to over prescribing, lack of oversight of prescribing behaviour and additional costs. This is mitigated by extending the contract for 2 years so that future commissioning intentions may be agreed and the specification for the future service developed.

Alternative options considered:

Re-procurement option was considered. A change of provider at this stage would result in the ongoing development of systems and processes being halted and recommenced with a new provider, leading to delays in implementing positive change and efficiencies. The longer-term effects on the global supply chain are currently unknown in terms of securing a new provider within the allocated budget for the service.

Publication date: 17/05/2021

Date of decision: 14/05/2021

Effective from: 22/05/2021