Decision details

Direct Award – Mental Health Peer Support Service

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

This report seeks approval for a waiver of the Contract Standing Order 10.2 to seek three written quotations to directly award to West London Mental Health Trust (WLMHT) a one-year contract from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019. The contract will pilot a new mental health peer support service model. The total potential value of the proposal is £40,000. This will be funded from the Adult Social Care revenue budget for this service.

Decision:

1.         That the Accountable Director of Social Care and Public Services Reform in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care approves a waiver under Contract Standing Order 3.1 of the requirement to seek competitive bids under Contract Standing Order 10.2 and agree to a direct contract award as set out in section 2.2 below on the basis that this is in the Council’s overall interest, as this will ensure better value for money and outcomes for residents.

2.         The direct award of a one-year contract to West London Mental Health Trust to provide a mental health peer support service for up to 75 residents for the period of the direct award at a maximum total cost of £40,000 as set out in Table 1.  As this is a spot purchase arrangement the cost could be lower but will be capped at £40k per year.

Table 1 – Proposal Direct Award of Contract

Provider

Contract

Proposed direct award period

Current annual value

Proposed annual value

Total potential savings of 1- year direct award

West London Mental Health Trust

Mental Health Peer Support Service

1.10.2018- 30.09.2019

£100,000

£40,000

£60,000

 

Reasons for the decision:

The current arrangements expire on 30 September 2018. A service review has highlighted the important role of peer support, but changes are needed to the current service model to improve value for money and deliver better outcomes. A waiver of contract standing order 10.2 is required to allow the direct award of a new contract without competition.

 

A direct award of a contract to West London Mental Health Trust will enable the Council to pilot a new service model to deliver substantial savings; renegotiate Key Performance Indicators and deliver improved outcomes for residents and better value for money. Officers are currently developing a strategic vision for mental health services to better support recovery, resilience, and independence. The pilot will help inform the re-imagining of future service models.

Alternative options considered:

Allow Existing informal arrangements to Expire on 30 September 2018

The services are non-statutory and therefore the Council is not obligated to replace them when the current arrangements cease. However, the Council is committed to supporting residents with severe mental illness and peer support is an important component in a mental health system. Therefore, this option is not recommended.

 

Waive the Contract Standing Orders and Directly Award a one-year contract to West London Mental Health Trust

For the reasons set out above, it is recommended the Council approves the award of a one-year contract to West London Mental Health Trust. The contract will support improvement in outcomes for residents with severe and enduring mental illness and will continue to provide employment opportunities for residents. The pilot will help inform recommendations about mental health recovery-focussed services. For these reasons this option is recommended.

Publication date: 02/08/2019

Date of decision: 25/09/2018

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