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IOL, AHOEC and BAPA meet with the NCS Trust about procurement and contracting
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IOL, AHOEC and BAPA meet with the NCS Trust about procurement and contracting

IOL, AHOEC and BAPA met last week with Michael Lynas, Amanda Best, Steve Lyons and Caroline Hunter-White of the NCS Trust to discuss the on-going issues across our collective memberships concerning the procurement and contracting process for Phase 1 from 2020 onwards. 


We explored 3 areas:

  1. NCS’ perception and reputation within the provider base
  2. Apparent loss of ethos, outcomes and quality assurance in the procurement process
  3. Contractual terms


We feel that during the meeting the issues we raised on behalf of the sector were listened to and understood.


The Trust has committed to:

i.    Reviewing the procurement activity to date with a view to identifying opportunities for refinement

ii.   Reviewing the contract terms currently being offered by the accommodation partner (although this is no guarantee of a change for 2020)

iii.  Explaining how ethos, outcomes and quality will be upheld in the relationship between the delivery partner and the outdoor provider

iv.  Changing the name of the agent in the procurement and contracting process to ‘Activity and accommodation partner’ or similar.

v.   To better ‘light the way’ (details to be explored) in managing VAT implications for Phase 1 provision

vi.  Providing details of the training & development of delivery partner staff now required by NCS and supported by NYA and Young Minds

vii.  Frequent meetings with representatives from BAPA, AHOEC & IOL to support improvements in the procurement, delivery and evaluation process going forward


We will keep you informed of progress and outcomes from the above.  An initial proposal is to have a UK Outdoors session focused on NCS at the BAPA conference which is being held at YMCA Lakeside on 29th & 30th January 2020.  Further details to follow including planned attendance from the NCS Trust.


Andy Robinson, CEO IOL

Jim Whittaker, Chair, AHOEC

Ben Wire, Chair, BAPA

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