Pre-Procurement Market Engagement for Adults with Mental Health Complex Needs.
Hertfordshire County Council | Published August 25, 2015
85300000, 85112200, 85311000, 85312000, 85144000
Hertfordshire currently commissions a range of services to support adults with mental health issues who present an additional area of need;
— Drug and/ or alcohol use,
— Offending behaviour,
— Learning disability,
— Physical disabilities,
— Self harm,
— Psychological problems,
— Social issues,
— Or any other co-existing needs.
The presentation of multiple needs means they often have ineffective contact with services. People facing multiple needs usually look for help, but most public services for adults are designed to deal with one problem at a time and to support people with a single, severe condition. They tend to live chaotic lives. Facing multiple problems that exacerbate each other, and lacking effective support from services, people easily end up in a downward spiral of homelessness, substance misuse, mental ill health and offending.
Therefore, Hertfordshire wishes to pool the funding for a number of these separate services, to create a single service that can support service users to achieve the following:
— Support to claim correct benefits,
— Support with debts and financial issues, including budgeting skills,
— Support with all aspects of housing need,
— Improving coping skills / understanding crises / understanding early warning signs and triggers,
— Support with accessing health care,
— Support to access / re-engage and / or maintain engagement with services,
— Emotional and practical support,
— Advice and information,
— Signposting to carers' services and carers' support groups,
— Promotion of recovery and independence,
— Crisis resolution,
— Support to integrate into the community,
— Building social and life skills,
— Building confidence, self-esteem and social networks.
It is currently anticipated that the Council will commence a procurement process in October 2015, with the new service commencing in April 2016. It is proposed that the Council will run a one stage procurement process. The anticipated contract term is three years with the option of a two year extension. It is likely that the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations will apply.
The purpose of the Council's pre-procurement market engagement process is to allow and enable potentially interested organisations with appropriate expertise and relevant experience to:
— Outline and generate initial views/ideas around the outcomes, scope and the potential procurement strategy (i.e. with no commitment to themselves or the Council).
— Engage with the Council to understand its challenges, intentions and desired outcomes.
— Inform the Council of current market developments.
— Enable the Council to understand how the Current Requirements could be shaped and delivered.
— Explain the potential options available to the Council.
The Council will consider the information and responses received to help inform the Council's options and further decision making. For the avoidance of doubt, this stage of the project is not part of a formal procurement process and the Council is not committing, at this stage, to carrying out such a process.
Participation or non-participation in the pre-procurement market engagement process shall not prevent any supplier participating in a potential future procurement, nor is it intended that any information supplied as part of the pre-procurement process shall place any supplier at an advantage in a potential procurement process.
Participation in the pre-procurement market engagement procurement process will be at each supplier's own cost. No expense in responding to this process will be reimbursed by the Council.
The Council will not enter into a contract based solely on the responses to this PIN and no information contained in the documents or in any communication