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Becoming an IFA DPS provider

Fostering and specialist placements as an alternative to residential care

We are looking for providers of fostering placements and specialist placements as an alternative to residential care

Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS)

Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and Luton Borough Council are looking for providers to join our collaborative Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS). 

A Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) is similar to an electronic framework agreement, with two exceptions, new suppliers can join at any time and it is to be run as a completely electronic process. Dynamic Purchasing Systems are used exclusively by public sector organisations.

The DPS is split into the two (2) lots:

  • Lot 1: General Fostering Placements (this will comprise both standard and enhanced placements); and
  • Lot 2: Specialist Placements as an Alternative to Residential Care (SPARC)

We are happy to receive tenders for either lot of the DPS or for both. Please make sure that you have read and understood the requirements set out in the Invitation to Tender documents (including but not limited to the Specification of Services) and respond to the appropriate part(s) of the Tender Questionnaire in line with the instructions contained therein.   

Both lots include expectations in line with the National Fostering Contract for Independent Fostering Agency Placements 2011. 

Applications can be submitted via Bedford Borough Council’s electronic tendering portal, In-Tend.

Registration is free and takes just a few minutes. When complete, you will be able to access the ITT documents for the above opportunity. Use the tender reference: BBC552066.

Contact our Support team by phoning 0844 272 8810 or emailing support@in-tend.co.uk ff you problems using the portal.

The procurement lead for this opportunity is Lucy Munt (Category Manager, Bedford Borough Council) email lucy.munt@bedford.gov.uk.

We look forward to engaging with you soon.

Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and Luton Borough Council.