Advice and Counselling Contract Strathclyde Joint Police Board

Advice and Counselling Contract Strathclyde Joint Police Board

Provision of Services in Relation to an Employee Wellbeing Programme.



1 Authority Details


Authority Name and Address

Strathclyde Joint Police Board

173 Pitt Street,


G2 4JS


Corporate Procurement Department

+44 01415326903

+44 01415326907


Address from which documentation may be obtained

As in 1.1


Completed documents must be returned to:

As in 1.1

2 Contract Details



Provision of Services in Relation to an Employee Wellbeing Programme


Description of the goods or services required

The service will provide professional, independent advice and counselling to individuals to assist with the alleviation of personal and / or family matters, including practical issues causing distress or concern. Specialist advice and assistance will include personal counselling, financial advice relating to the management of personal finances and debt (not investment advice), legal and other relevant issues.

The service will be available 24 hours, 365 days a year.

The Service shall comprise a direct, confidential and unlimited access to a 24 hour freephone counselling and information helpdesk.

The main services shall comprise but not be limited to the following component parts, and shall be provided as follows:

Telephone Counselling Service, Information Service, Advice for Carers, Service to Management Staff, Face-to-face Counselling Sessions, Annual Support Meetings, Referral Procedures and Onward Referral Procedures.

The Force requires the following additional services on a call-off basis: Specialist Support Meetings, Peer Debriefing, Onsite Trauma Counselling, Stress Awareness Sessions and Participation in Groups.

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Notice Coding and Classification

311100 Counselling
319999 other Medical
261100 Professional and Advisory Services

150 … Glasgow & Strathclyde


Total quantity or scope of tender

This contract is for the Provision of Services in Relation to an Employee Wellbeing Programme and shall commence on 1 November 2012 and, unless termintaed sooner in terms of the relevant conditions hereof, endure until 31 October 2013 with an estimated value of £150,000.

3 Conditions for Participation


Minimum standards and qualification required

The personnel, and if applicable any sub-contractors, engaged by the Contractor to provide counselling must have appropriate qualifications (as determined by relevant professional bodies and industry standards) so as to provide the specified service to the Police Authority to a suitable and effective standard.

Personnel, and if applicable any sub-contractors, must be members of one of the following or equivalent bodies:

– BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

– Employee Assistance Professionals Association

– British Psychological Society (BPS)

– UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The service must comply with BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling, or equivalent.

4 Administrative Information


Type of Procedure

Single stage – Any candidate may submit a tender.


Reference number attributed to the notice by the contracting authority



Time Limits

a) Time-limit for obtaining documentation  30-08-2012

b) Time-limit for receipt of completed tenders
30-08-2012  Time  12:00

c) Estimated award date  28-09-2012


Language or languages in which tenders or requests to participate can be drawn up



Tender Submission Postbox

5 Other Information


Additional Information

Any Contract arising from this Tender will be governed by the Law of Scotland.

Tenderers are asked to note draft legislation (The Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill) is currently before the Scottish Parliament that is intended to create a Police Service of Scotland and a single Scottish Police Authority which will replace the current 8 Scottish Police Forces and Authorities and the Scottish Police Services Authority. The current timescale for the establishment of the new Force and Authority is 1 April 2013. As currently drafted the legislation anticipates that any rights or obligations which an existing Police Authority has or may have under a contractual arrangement or other agreement will transfer to the Scottish Police Authority. Notwithstanding any statutory transfer order, there will be reserved the right to the Police Authority in the case of the Contract to assign or novate their interests in such a Contract to a new Scottish Police Authority.

Electronic copies (e-mail, disk, etc.) of the ITT documentation will not be available.

The Strathclyde Joint Police Board will award this Contract to one Contractor.

Tenderers should note that a detailed finance check will be carried out by the Director of Finance & Resources, or his authorised representative, to validate each Tenderer’s financial status. The Strathclyde Joint Police Board may seek independent financial advice to assist with the validation of the information declared by Tenderers.

(SC Ref:235469)


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