Alcohol Screening, Identification and Brief Advice Service – Kent County Council

Alcohol Screening, Identification and Brief Advice Service – Kent County Council

The Council has up a Dynamic Purchasing System for Public Health Services to allow the Council to buy Public Health Services from a list of approved providers who meet a certain minimum standards.

United Kingdom-Maidstone: Health and social work services

2015/S 014-021978

Simplified contract notice on a dynamic purchasing system

This notice is covered by: Directive 2004/17/EC (Utilities)

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Kent County Council
Sessions House, County Road
For the attention of: Kelly Roberts
ME14 1XQ Maidstone
Telephone: +43 000416617

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority/entity:

Address of the buyer profile:

Electronic access to information:

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate:

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

I.3)Main activity

Other: Public Health Services

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities/entities

The contracting authority/entity is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities/entities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority/entity:

Alcohol Screening, Identification and Brief Advice Service.

II.2)Type of contract


II.3)Short description of the specific contract:

In relation to Kent County Council’s Public Health DPS notice number: 323771-2014 The Council has up a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for Public Health Services to allow the Council to buy Public Health Services from a list of approved providers who meet a certain minimum standards and agree to a common set of contractual terms Approved providers will then be able to bid for the Council’s contracts to deliver Public Health Services.
Kent County Council (KCC) will shortly be inviting tenders from for an Alcohol Screening, Identification and Brief Advice (IBA) service to be delivered through pharmacies in Thanet and South Kent Coast as part of a six month pilot from February 2015.
Identification and brief advice, or ‘screening and brief advice’, has been shown to lead to 1 in 8 people reducing their drinking: IBA is one of the most effective health interventions available to reduce alcohol related harm.
The contracts will be require pharmacies to undertake opportunistic IBA interventions and use the advice, treatment and referral paths within the Kent Alcohol Integrated Care Pathway (AICP).
Payment will be dependent on the number of IBAs delivered up to a maximum cap.

II.4)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.5)Quantity or scope of the specific contract:

Estimated value excluding VAT: 0 GBP

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedureOpen
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority/entity:

IV.2.2)Previous publication (Contract Notice) providing more information about the dynamic purchasing system

Notice number in the OJEU: 2014/S 183-323771 of 24.9.2014

IV.2.3)Time limit for submission of indicative tenders for the specific contract

22.1.2015 – 00:00

IV.2.4)Language(s) in which tenders may be drawn up


Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Additional information:

The AICP is the result of a partnership between KCC Public Health, local clinical commissioning groups (CCG), acute healthcare providers, specialist alcohol services, voluntary sector and mutual aid groups.

The AICP provides an opportunity to make a profound difference to the impact alcohol has on health and society in Kent. These partnerships are a key means by which the aims and objectives of the Kent Alcohol Strategy 2014-16 can be achieved. The pathway can be reviewed at

The need for early identification and appropriate screening is imperative and it is important to note that people with alcohol-use disorders commonly present to health, social and criminal justice agencies, often with problems associated with their alcohol use, but they less often seek help for the alcohol problem itself. Further, alcohol-use disorders are seldom identified by health and social care professionals. One study found that UK GPs routinely identify only a small proportion of people with alcohol-use disorders who present to primary care (less than 2 % of high risk or harmful drinkers and less than 5 % of alcohol-dependent drinkers) (Cheeta et al., 2008).
The above factors and their impact have important implications for the prevention and treatment of alcohol-use disorders. Research suggests that around one third of people affected by alcohol use disorders will self-present to specialist alcohol services in England however failure to identify alcohol-use disorders means that many people do not get access to alcohol interventions until their problems are more chronic and difficult to treat. Further, failure to address an underlying alcohol problem may undermine the effectiveness of treatment for the presenting health problem (for example, depression or high blood pressure).
As these issues are likely to be engrained in all Kent CCG’s populations, there is a need for marketing approaches and an assertive stance to be taken to normalize our population to seek a ‘healthier’ approach to their drinking and that this is seen in the same light as other health and well-being issues affecting our population. This will be driven through amplifying the ‘prevention approach’ as described in the Kent Alcohol Strategy (2014-16).

VI.2)Date of dispatch of this notice:


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