Individual Placement Support Services – West Midlands – Invitation to Tender

To enable people with mental health problems to be able to enjoy a good quality of life, reduce health inequalities, remain independent and in control.

Individual Placement Support Services NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care Board

Contract summary



  • Health and social work services – 85000000

Location of contract

West Midlands

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

7 October 2022

Closing date

7 November 2022

Closing time


Contract start date

1 April 2023

Contract end date

31 March 2028

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (above threshold)

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This Invitation to Tender provides information pertaining to the procurement of an Individual Placement Support (IPS) Service. The purpose of this procurement is to secure a Service Provider to deliver an IPS Service across the geographical area covered by NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care Board.

The overall vision for this service is to enable people with mental health problems to be able to enjoy a good quality of life, reduce health inequalities, remain independent and in control, be included as members of society and, most importantly, realise their potential for recovery.

This service will contribute to improve performance on:
a. Public Health Outcome Framework (1.8): Employment for those with long term health conditions including adults with a learning disability who are in contact with secondary mental health services.
b. Adult Social Care Outcome Framework (1F): The proportion of adults in contact with secondary mental health services in paid employment.
c. NHS Outcomes Framework (2.5): Enhancing quality of life of people with mental illness / Employment of people with a mental health difficulty.

The service will deploy employment specialists (ES’s) into community mental health teams and other secondary mental health services. The ES’s will provide employment support in line with the principles of Individual Placement and Support (IPS).

IPS has been identified by both DWP and NHS England as a promising intervention to address unemployment within mental health. IPS is a replicable, evidence-based, supported employment programme that has been shown to deliver superior employment and health outcomes for people with severe mental health problems.

The ICB are looking to appoint a Service Provider or Consortium to deliver this Service for a period of 3 Years with the option to extend for up to a further 24 months. The Contract will commence on the 1st April 2023. NHS Standard Terms and Conditions shall apply. This will be a block contract estimated at £445,000.00 per annum, the estimated total contract value including optional extensions is £2,225,000.00. The Authority has included an affordability threshold in this tender process and bids exceeding the annual value of £445,000.00 per annum shall not be considered further within this tender process.


More information


Additional text
NHS Midlands and Lancashire CSU are conducting this procurement exercise on behalf of another NHS body with whom the successful bidder(s) will enter into a contract with for the supply of the services.

The contract conditions will be set out in the Invitation to Tender. Further details will be made available via documentation and information released during the course of the tender process.

This exercise will be conducted on the Midlands and Lancashire CSU portal ref itt_978 at
(i) Candidates should register on the portal at (registration and use of the website is free of charge). If your organisation has registered previously, you do not need to reregister;
(ii) Once registered, candidates must submit your reply on the website and by email by the deadline stated.
For technical support in submitting your expression of interest contact the Bravo Solution Helpdesk on +448003684850 or E-mail:

Light Touch Regime' services: This procurement is for clinical services which are Light Touch Regime Services for the purpose of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 as specified in Schedule 3 of the regulations ('Regulations'). Accordingly, the contracting authorities are only bound by those parts of the regulations detailed in Chapter 3 Particular Procurement Regimes Section 7. The contracting authorities are not voluntarily following any other part of the Regulations.

As the ICB is a relevant body for the purpose of the National Health Service (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) (No. 2) Regulations 2013 these Regulations also apply to this procurement.


How to apply


Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.


About the buyer


Contact name

Hayley Smith


NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin