The Board considered a report from the Strategic Director – People, which sought a waiver in compliance with Procurement Standing Order 1.14.4 iv of Part 3 of Procurement Standing Orders, to grant a direct award for the delivery of the ‘Halton Support at Home Service’, to be delivered by the British Red Cross, from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2025.
Members were advised that the British Red Cross were currently commissioned to provide a Support at Home Service until 31 March 2022, which supported people for a short period of time during the difficult transition from hospital to home, as well as providing support in the community to prevent hospital admission. The service was an important part of the discharge management process, helping to alleviate the pressure on hospital beds as well as offering practical support and emotional support to people when they were at their most vulnerable. A list of services which may be provided to individuals was provided in the report.
The report described the rationale behind the waiver request and the costs involved over the duration of the contract.
RESOLVED: That the Executive Board
1) note the contents of the report; and
2) agree to the waiver of Part 3 of Procurement Standing Orders, in compliance with Procurement Standing Order 1.14.4 iv, and approve a direct award to British Red Cross for the provision of a Halton Support at Home Service from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2025.