Issue details

Authority to extend contract for the provision of Children's Public Health Services (0-19 years), health visiting and school nursing

This decision is seeking approval for the Council to extend a contract for the provision of Children’s Public Health Services (0-19 years) – Health Visiting and School Nursing for a period of 12 months in accordance with Contract Standing Orders.

Decision type: Key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 27/05/2020

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
The delayed announcement of the public health grant allocation for 2020/21 (made 17.03.20) prevented officers reaching agreement with the provider about proposed contract price increases to reflect national pay awards for NHS staff. Since that time, officers and the provider have been focused upon the response to COVID 19. The need for an urgent decision arisies from the fact that the decision to extend must be made by 31 May 2020, failing which the contract will expire.

Should the decision not be taken to extend the contract for Children’s Public Health Services (0-19 yrs) – Health Visiting and School Nursing as provided for in the contract, the contract will expire and the Council will not have in place an important public health service for children at a time when children are particularly vulnerable to infection.

Decision due: 26 Jun 2020 by Strategic Director - Community Well-being

Lead member: Lead Member for Children’s Safeguarding, Early Help and Social Care

Lead director: Strategic Director - Community Well-being

Department: Community Wellbeing

Contact: Dr Melanie Smith, Director Public Health Email: Tel: 0208 937 6227.