Mental Capacity Assessment and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Project

Mental Capacity Assessment and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Project

Providers and commissioners of services to establish robust review processes and other mechanisms for understanding the experience of people subject to the DOLS Safeguards.

Mental Capacity Assessment and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (MCA and DoLS)

Reference number:Project_325

Deadline date:05/12/2014

This deadline is for…Receipt of Invitation to Tender (ITT) submission

Contract value:£100,000 – £120,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out:Walsall and WolverhamptonWalsall, Wolverhampton and Dudley

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers?Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations?Yes

Name of the buying organisation:Midlands and Lancashire CSU on behalf of NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group

Description of the contract

NHS Walsall CCG aim to work with a range of partner agencies, to develop a suite of initiatives aimed at raising awareness of MCA and DOLS. Walsall CCG will host the project however the focus will be firmly on leading a collaborative and multi-agency approach. NHS Walsall CCG will act as the lead Commissioner; however the service will work across Walsall, Wolverhampton and Dudley localities. The project will seek to encourage and support innovation by bringing together people who are already passionate in this field, so that their drive can in turn enthuse others who are not currently engaged in this area – be they professionals, users or carers. This project will seek to link into PALS, existing user groups, voluntary sector providers, local authority colleagues, IMCA services, provider Trusts, Office of Public Guardian and will use communication structures within the CCG cluster to get real public engagement. MCA and DoLs legislation has presented challenges since it was first introduced. It is often subject to misunderstanding, confusion and differences in interpretation and this in turn can lead to inconsistency in application and practice. This is a nationally recognised issue: In April 2012 the NHS Deputy Chief Executive wrote to the Chief Executives of all NHS Provider trusts and PCTs, highlighting widespread variation in practice across the country and a lack of clarity as to the circumstances when the deprivation of liberty safeguards should be used. Successive CQC reports have highlighted concerns in practice, noting that • The umbrella legislation of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is not well understood or implemented in practice • There is still a lack of understanding of the MCA among some staff in hospitals and care homes • The implications of the DoLS Safeguards in practice are not easy to understand. • The use of restraint is not always recognised or recorded and therefore not easy to monitor • There is wide variation in how local authorities carry out their functions as supervisory bodies. • It is not clear whether people’s views and experiences of the Safeguards are being heard in care homes and hospitals. CQC expectations are that: • Providers and commissioners of services for vulnerable adults improve their understanding of the Mental Capacity Act and the Safeguards • Providers and commissioners of services to establish robust review processes and other mechanisms for understanding the experience of people subject to the DOLS Safeguards. The recent parliamentary health committee scrutiny report found the current situation around DoLS ‘profoundly depressing and complacent’, noting that ‘people who suffer from lack of mental capacity are among the most vulnerable members of society…. they are currently widely exposed to abuse because the controls which are supposed to protect them are woefully inadequate’. The committee called for an urgent review of DoLS legislation to be presented before parliament within the next 12 months. To view the proposed specification of service detailing full technical requirements please visit https://mlcsu.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml and select Project_325 – you will then be able to access the specification in full. In order to participate providers must register on Bravo, (https://mlcsu.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml ) they must then select Project_325 and complete the relevant tender documentation entitled ITT_279. For Technical Support in submitting your expression of interest contact the BravoSolution Help-Desk on 0800 368 4850 or help@bravosolution.co.uk

 

Documents

Classification of the contract

85100000Health services

Additional information

Contract type:Services – Unspecified

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:12 Months

Who to contact

Contact nameGary Arnold

Organisation nameNHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group

AddressJubilee House, Bloxwich Lane, Walsall, West Midlands, WS2 7JL

Telephone01922 619940

Extension number:

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How to apply

In order to participate or view documentation providers must register on Bravo (https://mlcsu.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml), they must then select Project_325 and complete the relevant tender documentation entitled ITT_279. For Technical Support in submitting a tender please contact the BravoSolution Help-Desk on 0800 368 4850 or help@bravosolution.co.uk