Community Development Workers market testing exercise

Community Development Workers market testing exercise

Camden Council and NHS are looking to embark on a tendering exercise for a Mental Health Community Development service and are undertaking a market testing exercise to gather innovative ideas for delivering this service in future.

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Deadline date:25/06/2012

This deadline is for… Deadline for Expression of Interest

Contract value:£100,000 – £500,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: Inner London Inner London,

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Name of the buying organisation: London Borough of Camden


Description of the contract

Camden Council and NHS are looking to embark on a tendering exercise for a Mental Health Community Development service and are undertaking a market testing exercise to gather innovative ideas for delivering this service in future. Camden currently has a contract to provide a mental health community development service whose work has been directed by the priorities identified by Camden’s BME Steering Group. It focusses on working with Somali and Bangladeshi communities across Camden to improve access to specialist mental health and mainstream services, provide advice and training where appropriate, improve understanding of mental health, and strengthen these communities’ contribution to the development of mental health services and policies in Camden. The contract for this service is in its final year. The current financial envelope in 2012/13 for mental health community development is £150,365; the service is NHS funded and will be for Camden only. It is proposed that this level of funding will be sustained for the new contract. Inequalities exists in the incidence of mental ill health, access to mental health services and experience of services between the white British population and black and minority ethnic and refugee (BMER) communities. The variation in levels of mental illness and the ways in which mental health services are used reflect the socioeconomic and other disadvantages that people from BMER communities often experience. Mental health is influenced by a complex interaction of many factors including poor housing, low income, low educational attainment and social isolation; deprived areas in England contain four times as many people from BMER communities as other areas. Language, faith, culture and stigma can also affect access to services and experience of them. Evidence suggests that these inequalities can be eliminated through targeted engagement with BMER communities, provision of more appropriate and responsive services, and availability and dissemination of better information. The tender will result in a new mental health community development service operating from 1st April 2013. The outcomes for this project are currently being developed and agreed, however the following is be expected: • People from BMER communities have a greater understanding of mental well-being and mental ill health, reducing mental health stigma within those communities. • People from BMER communities have access to services where mental health professionals understand cultural differences and work positively with them. • People from BMER communities influence local mental health policy and the way services are delivered. • More people from BMER communities access Camden Psychological Therapies Service and the Camden Memory Service. • Mental health professionals understand the needs of people from BMER communities. Camden Council would welcome the views of providers in order for us to develop an effective procurement strategy and service specification. Please request a short questionnaire by sending an e-mail to or Or telephone Sandra Gayle on 020 7974 2956 or Carole Ferguson on 020 7974 2887 Responses should be returned to me by email to by Monday 25th June.




Classification of the contract

98000000 Other community, social and personal services

85320000 Social services

85000000 Health and social work services


Additional information

Contract type: Services – 25

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 18/06/2012 – 25/06/2012


Who to contact

Contact name Sandra Gayle/Kate Wigley

Organisation name London Borough of Camden

Address Bidborough House, 38-50 Bidborough Street, London, WC1H 9DB

Telephone 02079742956

Extension number:


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How to apply

The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs).However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement,and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender.