Greater Manchester (GM) learning disability and autism ethical procurement system

Greater Manchester (GM) is developing an Ethical Learning Disability and Autism Purchasing System. Local Authorities (LAs) and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) within GM will commission person-centred and outcome-focused packages which will support people with learning disabilities and autism to be independent at home, learn new skills and connect with others. The life journey approach will seek innovative solutions from providers which develop a sense of community and a sustainable network local to where people live. 

Trafford Council are the lead authority for the procurement of the Purchasing System, leading on behalf of GM.  The mini competitions under the DPS will be run by each LA or CCG or a cluster of LAs and CCGs providing flexibility of use for both commissioners and providers.

The agreement is expected to commence on 31st July 2017. The contract will be for five years with the option for a two year extension.  It is also planned that the Purchasing System will be opened 3 times within the 1st year and then bi-annually for subsequent years.  This will enable new suppliers to be added to the system, who are either new to the market or failed on quality or cost in previous rounds.  Suppliers will be able to register their interest in the Purchasing System through the North West Tendering Portal, The Chest.


Should you require further information in the meantime please contact Mark McCue at STAR Procurement at

Posted on Tuesday 23rd May 2017