Social Care Tender Writing
New Providers and tendering
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How to apply for a Social Care Tender
Social Care Tenders and New Providers. For most Social Care Tenders, carrying out regulated activities (personal care) is part of the Spec. To apply for those tenders, you must be registered with CQC. Once registered, check through the portals for current Tenders.
Take a look at the ProContract Portal.
Before you apply for a tender, read the specification to make sure you meet the requirements. Here is some Social Care Tender Writing guidance. Some social care tenders are only open to experienced providers, so make sure you read the specification. This will save you a lot of time. Don’t worry too much if you are not eligible to apply. Use the time to tighten your working practices.
If you meet the specification and want to apply, ‘register an interest’ on the site where the tender is advertised. You will then receive further instructions regarding the next steps.
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Applications for social care tenders are through the completion of a PQQ or an ITT.
Pre-qualifying Questionnaires (PQQ) and Invitation to Tender (ITT)
Pre-Qualifying Questionnaire (PQQ): This is a check box exercise where you declare you have the processes in place to meet the specification. The PQQ will determine which providers can meet the requirements of the contract.
Invitation to Tender (ITT): When you pass the PQQ, you are invited to complete the ITT. Your responses need to be more detailed and structured. They will be in the form of a method statement. It is your opportunity to showcase your service delivery skills and highlight what sets you apart from your competitors.
At times, Councils release an ITT without a separate PQQ. In this instance, the PQQ will be within the ITT.
Tip: Remember, method statements are about what you WILL do, as opposed to what you currently do. Use this as an opportunity to tighten your working practices. So, it’s extremely important that you familiarise yourself with what the Tender is expecting of you, as a successful provider.
Get in touch with us and let us support you to ensure that does not happen.