North West SEND Flexible Purchasing System (FPS)
Main contract details
Placements North West in conjunction with Cheshire East Council have created the North West Flexible Purchasing System (FPS) for SEND to provide North West Local Authorities with a secure quality checked route for placing 0-16 year old learners with SEND into education.
The services covered in this FPS are for Children and Young People aged up to 16 in Independent and non-maintained special schools (INMSS) who have an education, health and care plan (ECHP). This is Phase 1 of the FPS.
The FPS will consist of 2 Phases:
Phase 1 will include independent and non-maintained special school (INMSS) placements for Learners aged up to 16 who have an education, health and care plan (ECHP).
Phase 2 will include placements for Learners 16 – 25 years who have an education, health and care plan (ECHP).
The (FPS) will facilitate the Local Authorities of the North West to purchase these services from the Supplier through a Call Off Contract comprising an Individual Placement Agreement or Block Contract subject to the terms and conditions of the FPS and those of the Call Off Contract.
The provision must be able to meet the objectives established in the Learner’s Education, Health and Care Plan and provided in compliance with all relevant statutory requirements, including timescales, and any requirements of the Regulatory Body.
The following Services are in scope of Phase 1 of the FPS:
(i) Lot 1: Day education placement
(ii) Lot 2: Education with 38 week residential placement
(iii) Lot 3: Education with 52 week residential placement
The specification has been written to cover a range of Education settings across all four service categories as identified in the National Schools and Colleges Contract Service Specification and the SEND Code of Practice (2015):
(i) Sensory and/or physical needs
(ii) Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
(iii) Cognition and Learning
(iv) Communication and interaction
In delivery of these services, the Provider shall operate fully in accordance with all relevant Acts of Parliament, amendment or re-enactment of any Act, Statutory Regulation, and other such laws and statutory guidance, as may affect the provision of education, health and care specified under the Contract
All services available under the FPS will be available to be called off by the 23 Local Authorities in the North West Region. The aim is to establish a regional FPS which will provide consistent quality standards, streamline processes, improve communication and encourage innovation.
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From 16/11/2020 10:00 to 04/01/2021 13:00