Decision details

Update on Public Health Contracts

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

To consider an update to the Executive report of 19 August 2013 on future arrangements for public health contracts that the Council inherited from the NHS, seeking extensions to current service provision in accordance with Contract Standing Order 84 (a).

 

Decision:

(i)         that the progress made in developing options for the future commissioning and procurement of public health services;

(ii)        that approval be given to an exemption in accordance with Contract Standing Order 84(a) from the usual tendering requirements of Standing Orders to extend the existing Public Health services contracts inherited from the NHS for the contract periods set out in paragraph 8.1, on the basis of good operational and/or financial reasons as stated within this report;

(iii)       that it be noted that residential rehabilitation and inpatient detoxification for substance misuse are currently spot purchased and that these arrangements would continue while officers explore the possibility of collaboratively procuring through the WLA, as set out in Para. 3.9;

(iv)       that authority be delegated to the Director of Public Health, in consultation with the Director of Legal and Procurement and Chief Finance Officer, to participate in the WLA negotiation of 2014/15 Genito-Urinary Medicine (“GUM”) contracts and to award direct contract(s) to existing GUM health providers, on behalf of Brent Council, and to develop arrangements to support the collaborative management of these contracts, as set out in Para. 4.6 of the report;

(v)        that the decision of Leaders’ Committee London Councils, in consultation with the Director of Public Health, to fund pan London HIV prevention activity procured by Lambeth Council on behalf of all London boroughs, as set out in para. 4.11 be noted;

(vi)       that authority be delegated to the Director of Public Health, in consultation with the Director of Legal and Procurement and the Chief Finance Officer, to establish, appoint and monitor a providers’ list comprising GP practices, local community pharmacies, and potentially private sector providers, for the continued commissioning of community-based services (previously referred to as “Local Enhanced Services”) as set out in Para 7.4 of the report.

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Contact: Dr Melanie Smith, Director Public Health Email: melanie.smith@brent.gov.uk Tel: 0208 937 6227.

Report author: Dr Melanie Smith

Publication date: 14/01/2014

Date of decision: 13/01/2014

Decided at meeting: 13/01/2014 - Executive

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