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To provide residential or nursing services on behalf of ECC you will need to sign up to become either a Spot provider or bid to become a provider on the Integrated Residential and Nursing (IRN) Framework. 

Further information can be found in the sections below about how to become a spot provider or how to join the IRN Framework.

Integrated residential and nursing framework refresh and opening 2023

The refresh process is now closed.  The next opening is due early 2024

The IRN Refresh will allow exiting providers to submit revised pricing for new placements and also allow new providers to make a tender submission to join the IRN framework.

ECC will be using ProContract  to complete the process for the pricing review for existing suppliers and to allow for new providers to join the IRN framework.

Existing suppliers will be added to the appropriate opportunity on ProContract when the refresh commences.

Benefits of joining the Integrated Residential and Nursing (IRN) Framework

Peter Fairley, Director Integration and Partnerships talks about the benefits of joining the IRN contract. 

Contract Information

The Framework is a ranked list of providers who can deliver both respite and long term residential and nursing care to the residents of Essex.

The current Framework started in June 2019. There are annual review points each calendar year where new providers can join the framework and existing providers are able to submit a new price. 

Application documentation

Click on the below link to download a Residential Spot Application Document for completion. Please ensure you answer all questions.

Download: Residential Spot Application Document

Before you submit your application please use the following checklist to confirm you have completed all relevant documentation.

  • Completed ‘Residential Spot Application Document’
  • Completed ‘Residential Care Provider Contact Details Form’ (Section 8.2.2 of the application form)
  • Completed ‘Information Risk Questionnaire’ (Section 14.1.2 of the application form)
  • Signed Company Letter (Section 15.1 of the application form)
  • Void cheque / Pay in slip / PDF Bank Statement (Section 16.1 of the application form)

Note: we only contract with companies that own the care homes and we do not pay VAT on social care services.

Please email all of the above to


Last updated: 19/04/2023