Probation Health Trainer Service

Probation Health Trainer Service

Leicester City Council (The Council) in association with Leicestershire County Council and Rutland County Council (“the Statutory Authorities”), is inviting suitable providers to submit tenders for a Probation Health Trainer Service.

Reference number: LV0034

Deadline date:26/09/2013

This deadline is for… Deadline for Expression of Interest

Contract value:£500,000 – £1,000,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: Leicester Leicester,

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? No

Name of the buying organisation: Leicester City Council


Description of the contract

Leicester City Council (The Council) in association with Leicestershire County Council and Rutland County Council (“the Statutory Authorities”), is inviting suitable providers to submit tenders for a Probation Health Trainer Service. Leicester City Council is leading the procurement on behalf of Leicestershire County Council and Rutland County Council. Leicester City Council is undertaking an open tender process in line with Competitive Contract Notice Part “B” Services. This tender seeks to secure a Service Provider for the provision of Probation Health Trainer Service from 1st April 2014 for an initial period three years, until 31 March 2017, with the possibility to extend for a further year, and one more year (3+1+1) subject to agreement by the Council. The value of the funding offered for this contract for the contract period (3+1+1) will be up to £750,000 (£150,000 per annum) (excluding VAT). Inflationary increase may be awarded following an annual review and will be as determined by the Council. The Service Provider shall in any event be required to demonstrate efficiency savings on an annual basis. This does not guarantee that there will be an increase per annum. Leicestershire, Rutland and Leicester Public Health teams have commissioned an evidence based integrated Health Trainer service for offenders in the community for several years. The service has expanded its scope and remit in the past 12 months. There are approximately 4,000 offenders currently being supervised by Leicestershire and Rutland Probation Trust. About half are county residents and half are city residents. Offenders in the community often have multiple and complex needs and have great difficulty in accessing the range of services they require, such as housing, health, benefits, education and employment. Many offenders are not registered with a GP or dentist or are banned from their surgeries. Evidence shows that many have literacy problems, learning disabilities and problems with authority. They frequently demonstrate negative lifestyle choices and have substantial mental health needs. The current health trainer service helps deliver appropriate and timely access to primary care and other services and also tackles adverse lifestyle issues and negative lifestyle choices. This improves the health and wellbeing of this socially excluded group and in the long term helps reduce public sector spend. The current provider employs five accredited health trainers who work directly with clients on priority issues that impact on their health and wellbeing, including mental and emotional health, housing, accessing primary and secondary care, benefits and employment. The health trainers support individuals to make more effective and timely use of health and wellbeing services, by signposting effectively, buddying and supporting clients to access services where barriers may exist, particularly in primary care. TUPE Regulations may apply to this contract. The health trainers are also supported by a number of ‘health champions’. The provider also works directly with clients on addressing lifestyle risk factors and on addressing self-esteem and confidence. The current provider liaises closely with primary care and also markets and promotes the Health Trainer Service to ensure referrals to the service are appropriate. Typically the minimum period of contact agreed with an individual client is three months and the maximum 12 months. A maximum of 6 ‘contacts’ per client is recommended as the purpose of the Health Trainer Service is to encourage independence. Contacts consist of face to face meetings, telephone contact and written correspondence. Clients are seen in a variety of settings including Probation offices and at clients’ homes. One of the significant challenges faced by the current provider is in being accessible to clients in Leicestershire County and Rutland due to the wide geographical spread of clients in both counties.



Classification of the contract

85000000 Health and social work services

85323000 Community health services

80561000 Health training 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: 01/04/2014 – 31/03/2017


Who to contact

Contact name Mr Yatish Shah

Organisation name Leicester City Council

Address New Walk Centre, Welford Place, LEICESTER, LE1 6ZG

Telephone 01164542348

Extension number:


Web address


How to apply

The initial contract is for a period of 3 years with the option of extending for a further +1 +1 year extensions up to a maximum contract length of 5 years. Any extension will be at the sole discretion of Leicester City Council. The value range given above, £500k to £1m, is for the whole contract, including any options to extend. 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. Response Address: