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Procurement of Care and Support Services

Updated guidance on the procurement of care and support services

The Scottish Government has published updated best-practice guidance on the procurement of care and support services, developed in consultation with a reference group of stakeholders.

The guidance updates and replaces the 2010 ‘Procurement of Care and Support Services’ guidance to reflect the changes to the national procurement rules as a result of 2014 European Procurement Directives, the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 and implementing regulations.

This guidance complements the statutory guidance published under the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 which primarily covers the main legal rules applying to the procurement of health or social services, including care and support services.  Public bodies must consider the statutory guidance when procuring these important services.

Public bodies should also take account of the best-practice guidance, which describes a set of considerations for the specific procurement of care and support services. It places the purchasing of those services within a set of principles which acknowledges a balance between human rights, outcomes for the individual, best value and procurement Regulations.

Read the best practice guidance in full here:

Further information about the publication of this guidance can be found in:

For any procurements initiated before 18 April 2016, please refer to the 2010 version of the guidance.

If you would like further information about this guidance please email Scottish Procurement.