Description of the goods or services required
NHS England is seeking to commission Liaison and Diversion Services in Surrey.
There are high numbers of people with mental health, learning disability, substance misuse and other psychosocial vulnerabilities who enter the youth and criminal justice systems, who could be dealt with in the community, or diverted from the justice pathway altogether, as well as requiring early identification should custodial sentences be applied.
The aim of the L&D Service is to provide early intervention for vulnerable people (adults, children & young people) as they come to the attention of the criminal justice system. The service will provide a prompt response to concerns raised by the police, youth offending teams, court staff or any other referral process (including self-referral), offering critical information to decision-makers in the justice system, in real time, when it comes to charging and sentencing. The service will also act as a point of referral and follow-up for service users, to ensure they can access, and are supported to attend, community treatment and rehabilitation appointments.
The contract will be for 3 years, with an option to extend for a further 2 years, commencing on 01 April 2020.
The annual contract value is £1,134,000 and therefore the contract value for the initial 3 year term is £3,402,000, giving a maximum possible contract value of £5,670,000 exclusive of VAT, over 5 years if the full contract term is fulfilled.
The primary focus of this service is improved outcomes for service users, not financial savings.
Key outcomes include:
• Improved access to healthcare and support services for vulnerable individuals and a reduction in health inequalities, prioritising female detained persons and those under the age of 18.
• Diversion of individuals, where appropriate, out of the youth and criminal justice systems into health, social care, education and training, or other supportive services
• To deliver efficiencies within the youth and criminal justice systems
• To reduce re-offending and/or escalation of offending behaviours
It is anticipated that TUPE will apply.
The service specification will expand on these outcomes, outlining what commissioners require of providers through the life of the contract.
Please note that site visits to custody suites are available for potential bidders on Tuesday 9th July 2019. If you wish to attend you must notify SCW Procurement Team via In-Tend no later than Wednesday 3rd July. Further information is contained within the ITT document.