Gloucestershire Drugs and Alcohol Service Soft Market Testing Event 14 November 2022

This will be an opportunity for provider to ask the council questions about future commissioning intentions.

Opportunity Id
Gloucestershire Drugs and Alcohol Service 2024
85100000-0 – Health services

Gloucestershire County Council is conducting soft market testing for the adult integrated drug and alcohol treatment and recovery service, the current contract for which is due to end 31st March 2024.   We would like to invite providers, (both new and existing), to meet with us to discuss the intentions for the new contract and future recommissioning for this service; making sure we build on the best of what we already do, consider local issues and how best to meet future needs.  This will be an opportunity for provider to ask the council questions about future commissioning intentions.


Our aims for the are: 


  • A comprehensive countywide recovery focussed alcohol and drug service with one ‘front door’ which has high visibility and is easily accessible across the County geography.
  • A flexible and responsive approach, which can be adapted to meet the need of both urban and rural populations and maximises access for hard-to-reach groups.
  • A service that can work innovatively with alcohol and drug problems recognising interdependencies with other groups and themes and build upon existing relationships and partnerships, i.e., Police & Criminal Justice, Children’s Social Care, Adult Social Care, Domestic Abuse, Mental Health, Housing etc.
  • A service which takes a trauma informed approach, improving outcomes for highly complex populations and people with coexisting conditions by working with partners across the system.
  • A service with robust pathways which effectively balance treatment with building lasting recovery with Service User involvement and recovery community building at its core.
  • A service that works in partnership with communities and the wider VCS to improve outcomes.


The Council will use the results from the soft market testing to refine its approach and specification.


The Council have arranged an event to brief on issues and timeline and listen to your views as providers.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear about our commissioning intentions.
  • Share ideas for the development of future services.
  • Understand the timescale and process for commissioning.
  • Understand the proposed future contract arrangements.
  • Ask questions.

Target audience – Providers and consortia with knowledge and proven experience of:

  • Providing comprehensive recovery focussed alcohol and drug services.
  • Providing services for people with coexisting conditions (mental health and substance misuse).
  • Working with supported housing providers and homelessness
  • Performing well on facilitating recovery whilst ensuring strong clinical governance and harm reduction provision.
  • Services for parents, families and their children which support and safeguard families in partnership with children social care and other partners.
  • Providing a service spectrum across early intervention and prevention, harm reduction through to abstinence.
  • Criminal justice services.
  • Demonstrable strong links with other areas such including Employment, Domestic Abuse, Mental Health, Housing, etc.

The outcomes from this event will assist the development of the service specification.

This will take place on 14th November 2022. 2.00 – 4.00pm, via MS Teams and will include Q & A.

We are also offering a chance to meet with us individually in 40 min slots (again via MS Teams) between 9.00am and 5pm 21st November 2022 initially and dependent upon demand we will make the morning of 4th February available for additional one to one sessions.

Duration 40 minutes per one-to-one session, between 9a.m and 5pm


Following the briefing The Council will hold closed room sessions with individual providers with a view to achieve further understanding with regards to:

  1. Provider’s experience of providing similar services; including upon delivery model, anticipated outcomes, balancing and integrating harm reduction, treatment and recovery etc.
  2. Understanding and delivery of drug and alcohol serviced for families especially where support for safeguarding children is provided in partnership with Children’s Social Care
  3. Current and future best practices in Drug and Alcohol services and delivery of outcomes.

If you would like to take part please apply by email to the following address:

In your response could you please state who will be attending, their contact details and details of any specific access requirements and whether you require a one to one slot?

Requests will be acknowledged, and attendance confirmed along with directions and joining instructions please contact: Pete Willsher 01452 328604

If you would like to discuss the detail of the objectives of the workshop further please contact Steve O’Neill on 01452 823614 or Pete Willsher on 01452 328604.

We look forward to meeting you. 

Please Note:

This is not a tender opportunity.

This is to invite suppliers to attend an event and engage in a two way dialogue with commissioners.

Region(s) of supply
Estimated value
drug and alcohol treatment services

Key dates

Estimated contract dates

Start date
End date

Contact details

Gloucestershire County Council
Mr Simon Williams


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