OUTCOME OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH RE-COMMISSIONING PROCESS FOR A YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONFIDENTIAL ONLINE COUNSELLING AND ADVICE SERVICE
Decision Maker: Director of Public Health
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
On 19 November 2020, the Adult Social Care and
Health Committee authorised the Director of Public Health to
recommission a range of services. Given the nature of this
particular service, it was agreed that this should be formally
authorised by the Children, Young People and Education Committee,
which took place on the 1st December 2020. This report provides an
update on the recommissioning process and outcome. The process has
concluded, the tenders received have been fully evaluated according
to Council procurement rules and the Director of Public Health will
take the decision to award the contract to the successful
RESOLVED – That the Director of Public Health accepts the winning tender for the Young People’s Confidential Online Counselling and Advice Service which has been submitted and evaluated in accordance with Wirral Council Contract Procedure rules and approves the award of a one-year contract (with the option to extend for one year) commencing on 1st September 2021. The contract term has a maximum value of £202,640.
Reasons for the decision:
The current service contract is due to end on 31 August 21. A procurement exercise has been completed in accordance with Council Contract Procedure Rules and the successful bidder is the most economically advantageous, is fully compliant and is within allocated budget provision. New contract will be in in place 1 September 21.
Alternative options considered:
Valued support is provided via this contract so it was not considered an option not to recommission the service, particularly in view of the current concerns for young people’s mental health as a result of Covid 19. The short-term contract period is proposed across a range of services for children and young people to enable a more collaborative and joint commissioning approach to be developed across the system which will provide greater efficiency/outcomes long-term.
Publication date: 01/06/2021
Date of decision: 01/06/2021
Effective from: 05/06/2021