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Authority to tender Public Health contracts

Meeting: 19/08/2013 - Executive (Item 5)

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This report puts forward proposals to retender the existing public health service areas currently under contracts which were transferred from the NHS to the Council on 1 April 2013. The current 28 contracts have a combined value of £13.09 million and will expire as of 31 March 2014.

Decision:

(i)         that the approach to procuring services as set out in paragraph 3.6 to 3.16 of the report from the Acting Director of Adult Social Services to include the establishment of a framework agreement consisting of four lots in respect of substance misuse, sexual health services, children’s services and community services be noted;

(ii)        that approval be given to the pre-tender considerations and the criteria to be used to evaluate tenders as set out in paragraph 4.1 of the report in respect of the framework agreement detailed in (i) above;

(iii)       that approval be given to the invite od tenders in respect of the framework agreement detailed in (i) above and their evaluation in accordance with the approved evaluation criteria referred to in (ii) above;

(iv)       that the intention to explore the possibility of collaboratively procuring sexual health services and children’s services through the West London Alliance be noted;

(v)        that approval be given to the extension of current public health contracts for the duration and on the terms detailed in the table at paragraph 3.16 of the Director’s report;

(vi)       that the intention to explore the possibility of collaboratively procuring LES services (excluding breast feeding) through the West London Alliance be noted;

(vii)      that where officers wish to collaboratively procure the services referred to in (iv) and (vi) above through the West London Alliance and the proposed lead authority is not Brent Council, approval be given to the collaborative procurement and exempt the procurement from the normal requirements of Brent’s Contract Standing Orders in accordance with Contract Standing Order 85(c) and 84(a) on the basis that there are good operational reasons as set out in paragraphs 3.14 to 3.15 of the Director’s report.

Minutes:

The report from the Acting Director of Adult Social Services put forward proposals to retender the existing public health service areas currently under contracts which were transferred from the NHS to the Council on 1 April 2013. The report requested approval to invite tenders in respect of a framework agreement as required by Contract Standing Order 88 and outlined a timetable for the proposed procurement process including a description of the extensions which would be required on current contracts to allow sufficient time for officers to complete the retendering process. Councillor Hirani (Lead Member, Adults and Health) advised that the contracts were due to expire as of 21 March 2013 and that the retendering process would be on-going. He pointed out that while the majority of public health contracts were included in the framework, some agreements were specific to GPs and pharmacists and could not be provided by non-clinical providers. Councillor Hirani welcomed the initiative as a positive one for the borough in its role as a public health provider and assured that procurement would be in accordance with the council’s standards.

 

RESOLVED:

 

(i)         that the approach to procuring services as set out in paragraph 3.6 to 3.16 of the report from the Acting Director of Adult Social Services to include the establishment of a framework agreement consisting of four lots in respect of substance misuse, sexual health services, children’s services and community services be noted;

 

(ii)        that approval be given to the pre-tender considerations and the criteria to be used to evaluate tenders as set out in paragraph 4.1 of the report in respect of the framework agreement detailed in (i) above;

 

(iii)       that approval be given to the invite of tenders in respect of the framework agreement detailed in (i) above and their evaluation in accordance with the approved evaluation criteria referred to in (ii) above;

 

(iv)       that the intention to explore the possibility of collaboratively procuring sexual health services and children’s services through the West London Alliance be noted;

 

(v)        that approval be given to the extension of current public health contracts for the duration and on the terms detailed in the table at paragraph 3.16 of the Director’s report;

 

(vi)       that the intention to explore the possibility of collaboratively procuring LES services (excluding breast feeding) through the West London Alliance be noted;

 

(vii)      that where officers wish to collaboratively procure the services referred to in (iv) and (vi) above through the West London Alliance and the proposed lead authority is not Brent Council, approval be given to the collaborative procurement and exempt the procurement from the normal requirements of Brent’s Contract Standing Orders in accordance with Contract Standing Order 85(c) and 84(a) on the basis that there are good operational reasons as set out in paragraphs 3.14 to 3.15 of the Director’s report.