‘Social values of suppliers’ to be emphasised in £250m care technology framework

Buying group YPO launches four-year dynamic purchasing system

Public buying group YPO is launching a £250m dynamic purchasing system (DPS) for “technology-enabled care products and services”.

The procurement vehicle – which will be open to all public-sector organisations across the UK – will feature “a strong emphasis on outcomes for services users and social values of suppliers”, according to a recently published contract notice.

YPO is seeking to appoint to the DPS suppliers of care technologies and services that can offer the best outcomes for service users. 

“The DPS is being established to enable greater choice, flexibility, and innovation for technology-enabled care products and services, as well as to drive improvements in accessibility of the market,” it said. “Suppliers will accredit and enrol to the supply category of care technology.”

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The DPS, which was launched towards the end of last month, will run for a term of four years, with no option for renewal. But, unlike a traditional static framework agreement, the dynamic purchasing system model allows suppliers to be added throughout the lifespan of the agreement. Featured firms can also update the products and services they offer.

The estimated worth of the deal to the chosen suppliers is £250m.

Founded 44 years ago as the Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation, YPO is now jointly owned and managed by 13 local authorities across Yorkshire and the north-west. An additional 63 public sector entities are associate members, including councils, fire and rescue services, public transport providers, and police forces.

All public-sector entities are eligible to buy through the 100 frameworks run by YPO. These deals feature a cumulative total of about 30,000 products.

Sam Trendall

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