The current contract for the provision of community equipment was established with ECL, as our Local Authority Trading Company, in March 2020. This contract was due to expire in March 2023, but is now anticipated to end in June 2023, following a short extension of facilitate a tender process for a new Integrated Community Equipment Loan Service (ICELS) from July 2023 onwards.
The current contract provides for the management of assessed and prescribed care equipment, from simple static aids to complex bed and hoist requirements. The service includes delivery, collection, repair, maintenance, recycling, and refurbishment of all equipment ranges, with the exception of those deemed to be single use or single deployment products.
ECL do not manage the sourcing of the equipment, with 70-75% of supply managed by the Community Equipment Service (CES), hosted as an Integrated Procurement Hub (IPH) by Croydon Council. ECC are one of 12 partners to this supply arrangement, with ECC accounting for ≈20% of the IPH spend.