Extension of Contract for Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)
Decision Maker: Executive
Decision status: Decision Made
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
Purpose of Report: To seek Executive approval to extend the
provider’s current Long-Acting Reversible Contraception
(“LARC”) Services, by directly awarding a brand new
contract for provision of the same for a further two years to June
2024 without re-advertising the service through tender exercise
under the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (“PCRs” or
the Council’s Contract Procedure Rules
The Executive will be asked to:
• Award the direct award of a brand new LARC Services contract to NIMBUSCARE for 2 years without first carrying out any competitive tender or request for quotes under the PCRs and/or CPRs
• Sign off the financial envelope on the combined budget of £888,692.75
Resolved: (i) That the Chief Operating Officer (COO) be recommended to approve Option 3, and agree to the direct award of a further contract to Nimbuscare Ltd for provision of LARC in Primary Care for a further two (2) years when the current contract expires on 30 June 2022 without proceeding with a full tender exercise.
Reason: To ensure that the council delivers the joint commissioning responsibilities set out in the Section 75 agreement with the CCG and to ensure that that the statutory public health responsibilities for access to sexual health and contraception are met.
(ii) That the COO be recommended to require that the provision of LARC for contraception purposes will be open to all persons who meet the clinical criteria and that the contract will reflect this and the council’s policies.
Reason: To ensure equality of access to services.
Report author: Sharon Stoltz
Publication date: 14/01/2022
Date of decision: 13/01/2022
Decided at meeting: 13/01/2022 - Executive
Effective from: 18/01/2022