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Gas Safety Week – Hear directly from Tunstall on how they are working to reduce risks

16th to 22nd September is Gas Safety Week, which sees organisations from across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Connected Care such as telecare can play a key role in protecting people from these risks, providing cost-effective 24-hour monitoring. A wide range of sensors is available such as heat, smoke, carbon monoxide, natural gas,. Heat detectors can be used in environments where traditional smoke alarms aren’t suitable, such as kitchens, to provide early warning of emergencies, and carbon monoxide detectors used to raise an alert to faulty boilers or gas fires. Natural gas detectors will automatically alert if a gas leak is detected, for example if someone tries to use a gas hob and fails to light the ring. All sensors will emit an audible alert, as well as raising an alarm at a specialist monitoring centre via a Lifeline home unit. Operators can then take appropriate action, such as calling the emergency services. In group living environments, systems can alert onsite staff, or divert alerts to the monitoring centre in the event that there are no onsite staff present.

Providing additional protection to tenants using telecare may involve initial investment by housing providers, but can ultimately make financial sense. Monitoring systems can reduce false alarms, as operators or care staff can talk to the tenant to establish the nature of the emergency, and determine whether a response is required. Telecare enables events such as fires and gas leaks to responded to quickly, reducing the impact and resulting cost of repairs. It also protects properties when they are unoccupied. Of course, most importantly, technology enables help to be accessed quickly, avoiding potential injury or even loss of life.

As BT has announced the UK’s communications network will complete its transition from analogue to digital by 2025, home technology services such as telecare will become faster, more efficient and more insightful. Digital technology enables a wide range of devices to connect intelligently and uses data analytics to provide insight and become increasingly preventative, and the platform used to manage risk of fire can also be used to support tenants at risk of other events such as falls, providing person-centred support.

Anyone interested in finding out more about how telecare can help to manage the risk of fire, or the digital switchover and how this may affect providers or the technology they use, can contact us for advice.

For more information on products that can help to protect people and property, please visit www.uk.tunstall.com.

Read our article in the new edition of Inside Housing

What could the future of housing look like?

In response to the government placing increasing emphasis on Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) as a solution to increasing development at pace, Tracy Harrison, Chief Executive at the NHC, and Clive Feeney, Director at LHC, spoke to Inside Housing about what registered providers need to consider if they are looking at building homes with MMC. The article within Inside Housing delves into the topic of MMC and what and how our new CPC brand will help to address these procurement issues with the frameworks.

To read the full article click here.

You may well have seen our recent social media and news posts highlighting the presence of our new brand, Consortium Procurement Construction. The CPC frameworks support procurement of works, products and services for the construction, refurbishment and maintenance of social housing and public buildings. CPC is our partnership brand with LHC and is designed to offer each organisation’s current and potential new members an unrivalled range of procurement solutions.

For the full list of CPC frameworks, click here.

CPC – Get involved in our member events!

Our new brand Consortium Procurement Construction is now live. In the North of England, Northern Housing Consortium (through our Consortium Procurement function) has established a collaboration agreement with LHC to promote MMC solutions and other construction-based frameworks. This collaboration was born out of the belief that there is a significant opportunity to support NHC members in the North by combining LHC’s outstanding technical knowledge of construction with NHC’s unrivalled member knowledge and ability to aggregate demand.

LHC have provided the sector with MMC procurement solutions for many years now, gaining valuable experience along the way. In October 2014, the NH1 Offsite Housing Framework was launched as the first OJEU compliant procurement framework created specifically for use by social landlords throughout Great Britain. Earlier this year, in April 2019, the second iteration of the framework was launched (NH2) offering the social housing sector a portfolio of MMC solutions (categories 1 and 2 of the MMC Definitions Framework) from 16 appointed companies across Great Britain. Through its Offsite Housing Frameworks to date LHC has developed a pipeline of 4,447 Homes, through 82 Projects with 35 Members, providing homes for 8,940 people.

NHC and LHC have both identified through their member engagement that a key barrier to the take up of MMC by social landlords is the uncertainty and risk associated with engaging with the supply market. CPC are therefore currently engaged with industry experts, consultants, suppliers and members for the procurement of a framework for ‘Offsite Project Integrators’.

This is a solution that covers every aspect of a MMC call-off project from pre-project initiation and land assembly through brief preparation, design, manufacture, construction, installation, finishing, handover and review. The integrator role is not a simple direct replacement of the main contractor, it also encompasses much of the work of the Project Manager and will be engaged from concept stage to shape the project, particularly the supply chain procurement and scoping strategy.

We will be holding regional hosting various roundtables and events for our members to come together and discuss how we may all be able to move forward together, to drive volume and value when using MMC. The first dates are:

October 1st Location – Newcastle

October 9th Location – Wakefield

October 16th Location –Manchester

If you are interested in attending the events please contact kristina.dawson@northern-consortium.org.uk

If you would like to discuss what we are doing around procurement for members please contact joseph.gardiner@consortiumprocurement.org.uk

It’s here! Welcome to Consortium Procurement’s new website

The new Consortium Procurement website is now live. It has been designed around feedback received from member organisations, to better support them with their procurement priorities.

We worked hard to make our new online identity as useful and user-friendly as possible by developing a contemporary design which is easy-to-use and navigate through. The website offers a clean uncluttered design, intuitive functionality and enriched, robust content focused on our mission, namely to keep members compliant with relevant legislation, to save them time and resource through open, fair and transparent procurement and to take the legal risk off their shoulders.

Our ultimate goal while developing the site was to make it a one-stop-shop for information about the Consortium Procurement offer, relevant industry insights and new framework development and delivery updates.
Alongside the launch of the new site, we have launched our re-freshed branding. We believe that our new look will raise our profile; help us communicate better the breadth of our offer to existing and potential customers and to reinforce our mission.

If you would like to provide your constructive feedback about our new online identity, please email our Marketing Officer at jenny.hristova@consortiumprocurement.org.uk We will use it to make your future browsing experience as smooth as possible and of course please do share the news about our new site!

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