Functional Family Therapy Service

Functional Family Therapy Service

Gloucestershire County Council in partnership with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council, require the commission and the provision of a service that will deliver Functional Family Therapy Service to children on the cusp of care and troubled families.

UK-Gloucester: Health and social work services

2013/S 010-012562

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Gloucestershire County Council
Commissioning, Shire Hall
For the attention of: Wendy McEvoy
GL1 2TG Gloucester
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1452328512
E-mail: wendy.mcevoy@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

Address of the buyer profile: www.supplyingthesouthwest.org.uk

Further information can be obtained from: Supplying the South West
www.supplyingthesouthwest.org.uk

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Supplying the South West
www.supplyingthesouthwest.org.uk

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Supplying the South West
www.supplyingthesouthwest.org.uk

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity
General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Functional Family Therapy Service.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 25: Health and social services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Sandwell.
NUTS code UKK13
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
Framework agreement with a single operator
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 4
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT: 1 910 000 GBP

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
The Services
Gloucestershire County Council in partnership with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council, require the commission and the provision of a service that will deliver Functional Family Therapy Service to children on the cusp of care and troubled families, (in Gloucestershire) within the three commissioning areas.
Aims
The Authority’s aim is to provide an evidenced-based treatment programme for children and young people aged between 10-18 who present with significant behavioural problems that may include: families in crises due to a breakdown in parent-child relationships, antisocial or criminal activities, substance misuse, conduct disorder or oppositional defiant disorder, and who may also suffer from other mental health disorders, and who are at risk or increasing young people justice involvement and out-of-home placements.
The aim is to intervene while these high-risk children and young people are still living with their families so as to strengthen family functioning, and prevent the need for more intensive service or out of home placements. It is anticipated that this treatment will result both in cost savings and improved clinical outcomes for children and young people as well as families.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

85000000, 98000000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.1.8)Lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
See tender pack.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
See tender pack.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
See tender pack.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if requirements are met:
see tender pack.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if requirements are met:
Refer to Invitation to Tender for full details.
III.2.3)Technical capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if requirements are met:
Refer to Invitation to Tender for full details.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: yes

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 18.2.2013 – 08:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
18.2.2013 – 08:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
10.1.2013
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 18.2.2013
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: Authorised representatives of Gloucestershire County Council. Tender submissions are to be made electronically using www.supplyingthesouthwest.org.uk

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information
The Government is committed to supporting local partnerships to sustain and develop evidence based interventions that are cost effective in tackling the needs of looked after children and children on the edge of care or custody and their families. One of the successful interventions is Functional Family Therapy, (FFT). This programme has helped some very vulnerable children and their families to start to recover and to turn their lives around.
Outcomes for children in care tend overall to be poor, especially for children who come into care at an older age and/or suffer significant disruption. Many children will eventually return to their birth families after significant periods of separation, often finding it difficult to reintegrate into their family and community
Both the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Department for Education (DfE) have recognised the need to address and ‘turn around’ the lives of troubled families. Troubled families are described as those with multiple disadvantages, for example – where no one is in employment, adults who have low qualification levels, live in poor housing and have illness or disability or mental health issues. Such families will present to a number of agencies with complex problems such as being engaged in crime, truanting from education, drug misuse and are characterised by disruptive and difficult relationships within the community. The Government has challenged Local Government to identify, engage and intervene in these families to ‘turn them around’.
FFT is a treatment/parenting intervention which requires model fidelity, clinical supervision and consultation. There is increasing evidence that if delivered with fidelity to the appropriate population. FFT can reduce the need for a child to enter care or custody, or move into more intensive or costly placements, care or education. For some children FFT can reduce the length of time children are placed away from home. The implementation of any evidence based model, however, requires careful design, strong project management and support especially in the early stages. Effective stakeholder engagement, both operationally and strategically will be key to success.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Gloucestershire County Council – Claire Smart
Shire Hall, Westgate Street,
GL1 2TR Gloucester
UNITED KINGDOM

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:10.1.2013

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