Smoke Free Homes Training

Smoke Free Homes Training

Kent County Council will shortly be inviting tenders for the delivery of training to Children’s Centre staff on the harmful effects of second-hand smoke to children.

United Kingdom-Maidstone: Health and social work services

2015/S 147-272109

Simplified contract notice on a dynamic purchasing system

This notice is covered by: Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Kent County Council
County Hall
For the attention of: Mrs Kelly Roberts
ME14 1XQ Maidstone
Telephone: +44 3000416617

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority/entity:

Electronic access to information:

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate:

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.3)Main activity

General public services

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities/entities

The contracting authority/entity is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities/entities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority/entity:

Smoke Free Homes.

II.2)Type of contract


II.3)Short description of the specific contract:

Kent County Council (the council) is the largest county council in England covering an area of 3 500 km². It has an annual expenditure of over 900 000 000 GBP on goods and services and a population of 1 300 000. The Council provides a wide range of personal and strategic services on behalf of its residents, operating in partnership with 12 district councils seven clinical commissioning groups and 289 parish/town councils.
The Council has a statutory responsibility for Public Health and procures a number of services, which aim to improve the health of the population and reduce health inequalities across the county.
The Opportunity
Kent County Council will shortly be inviting tenders for the delivery of training to Children’s Centre staff on the harmful effects of second-hand smoke to children. The training will provide the staff with the knowledge and skills to deliver key factual and motivational messages in an effective and supportive way, ensuring that outcomes are supported and evaluated. The programme will include the distribution of ‘Smoke Free Homes’ kits co-commissioned and designed through a previous pilot (see additional information below). The maximum contract value is 30 000 GBP.
The successful provider will deliver training and support to Children’s Centres in 6 geographical areas of Kent together with one group of Health Visitors over a 6 month period from September 2015 onwards. The districts that the Smoke Free Homes programme will be delivered in are:
— Tunbridge Wells
— Tonbridge and Malling
— Sevenoaks
— Maidstone
— Dover
— Ashford
The successful provider will also be responsible for supporting Children’s Centres to track the distribution of the Smoke Free Homes kits and evaluate their impact in terms of supporting recipients towards achieving a Smoke Free Home environment. In addition to delivering the training, the provider will be responsible for:
— Providing and maintaining all training materials including course content and relevant, current local and national documents in an accessible format to the participants;
— Co-ordinating and providing course certification of attendance;
— Undertaking a full evaluation of the programme and assessing the impact the training has had on behaviour and practice.
Expression of Interest and Tender Process
In relation to Kent County Council’s Public Health DPS notice number: 323771-2014 The Council has up a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for Public Health Services to allow the Council to buy Public Health Services from a list of approved providers who meet a certain minimum standards and agree to a common set of contractual terms Approved providers will then be able to bid for the Council’s contracts to deliver Public Health Services.
Should you wish to tender for this opportunity, you must apply to be part of the Public Health Services DPS, applications to be included in this tender opportunity must be submitted to the DPS no later than 12th August 2015. When expressing an interest in the opportunity, you will then be emailed an invitation to submit a Questionnaire to be added to the DPS.
If you have already been successfully admitted to the Public Health Services DPS, you will automatically be sent a copy of the tender documentation when published after the 5th of August 2015. You will then be emailed an invitation to submit a Questionnaire to be added to the DPS. Further guidance regarding how to use this portal can be found attached to the bottom of this advert.
Questions and Communication
Please direct all questions and communication through the Kent Business Portal via the discussions facility. Further guidance can be can be found within the guide.

II.4)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.5)Quantity or scope of the specific contract:

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedureOpen
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority/entity:

IV.2.2)Previous publication (Contract Notice) providing more information about the dynamic purchasing system

Notice number in the OJEU: 2014/S 183-323771 of 24.9.2014

IV.2.3)Time limit for submission of indicative tenders for the specific contract

12.8.2015 – 23:30

IV.2.4)Language(s) in which tenders may be drawn up


Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Additional information:

In 2010 The Royal College of Physicians published a landmark report entitled ‘Passive Smoking and Children’. The report acknowledges the importance of smoke-free legislation in reducing exposure to second hand smoke in the workplace but points out that the principal source of exposure for non-smokers is in the home and that children are especially at risk. The report affirms that a child exposed to second hand smoke has an increased risk of asthma, lower respiratory infections, bronchitis, middle ear disease, bacterial meningitis and sudden infant death syndrome, as well as reduced respiratory function (cough, wheezes). These disorders generate over 300 000 UK GP consultations and about 9 500 hospital admissions every year, costing the NHS about 23 300 000 GBP.
In 2013 Kent Public Health commissioned a pilot Smoke Free Homes project in the Northfleet area. The aim of the project was to deliver a community owned programme, based on local insights, promoting smoke free homes and reducing children’s exposure to second hand smoke. The insights from local focus groups highlighted Children’s Centres as a valuable and expected resource for receiving health information related to the harm of second hand smoke and smoke free kits (or goody bags) were co-designed and produced with the focus group to promote the relevant information needed to encourage families to make their homes smoke free.
Children’s Centre staff (particularly front line workers) engaging in the pilot received training on the facts and information required to enable them to have conversations and discuss sensitive issues with parents. The smoke free kits were distributed to targeted parents who were keen to participate and work towards their home being smoke free. The Children’s Centre staff were supported to develop a monitoring system to record and measure progress made towards homes being smoke free.

VI.2)Date of dispatch of this notice: