Tender for Mental Health Support Services – East of England

Tender for Mental Health Support Services – East of England

The intention is to build a framework of providers detailing their offers in line with the four service groups: Children, Young People and Families, Community Mental Health, Mental Health Crisis, Learning Disabilities and Autism.

Mental Health Support Services

Contract summary



  • Health and social work services – 85000000

Location of contract

East of England

Value of contract


Procurement reference

WSCCG – 00000049

Published date

4 August 2021

Closing date

24 September 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

22 April 2022

Contract end date

21 April 2027

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (OJEU)

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In 2019 Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (IESCCG) and West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (WSCCG) with system partners and the community published the ten year (2019-2029) East and West Suffolk Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Strategy with the aim to transform mental health and emotional wellbeing support in Suffolk.
In order to support this strategy, the CCGs, Suffolk County Council (SCC) and Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) are looking to hear from organisations who would be interested in supporting and potentially delivering services within Ipswich and East Suffolk and/or West Suffolk. The intention is to build a framework of providers detailing their offers in line with the four service groups:

-Children, Young People and Families
-Community Mental Health
-Mental Health Crisis
-Learning Disabilities and Autism

The framework will include all appropriate offers received from any sector. The framework will be the first document used by the CCGs, SCC and NSFT when looking for partners to develop and deliver services.
To ensure the framework remains current, relevant and innovative, it will be opened for new applications periodically. The CCGs, SCC and NSFT will be holding a market engagement event in the morning of the 24th September to provide further details and to seek support to develop the framework and the procurement .
The establishment of the Framework will also provide an immediate opportunity for those interested in delivering the following services:
• Community Mental Health Services- Additional and Enhanced Support
• Mental Health Crisis – Alternative to Admission initiatives i.e Crisis Cafes and Places of Safety
• Children, Young People and Families – Children and Young People ADHD Diagnostics and support Service
• Community MH – Adults ADHD Diagnostic and Support Service
Interested parties for the four areas named above will be asked to submit their tenders at the same time as applying to be included in the wider framework. Providers will not have to bid for these specific services in order to be part of the wider framework moving forward. The CCGs, SCC and NSFT are looking to communicate with all areas of provision, from established mental health providers through to informal support groups. This Notice is a call for competition and only those providers who express an interest in moving forward with this development will receive any further documentation. The CCGs intend to award contracts without further publication and providers are required to express their interest on:
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More information


Additional text
Please note that the services and associated specification and prices commissioned within
this contract may be subject to review and change, moving forward the Commissioners may
further review the above mentioned services in conjunction with the selected providers;
therefore, the scope of the possible changes to be made to this contract shall relate to the
outcomes of any continuous improvement, through a variation to the contract in accordance
with Regulation 72 (1) (a) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. Please see the
procurement documentation for further information.
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Additionally, the contract may also be amended in terms of the original services supplied or
the localities covered, where, following assessment it is identified that it is logical for
additional services to be delivered in conjunction with this contract and / or by the
provider(s), both in terms of actual service delivery and to avoid duplication of costs. These
services may include but are not limited to other services and specialties formally delivered
in alternative care settings where it is foreseen that these services can be delivered more
effectively as part of this contract
The services to which this procurement relates fall within Schedule 3 of the Public Contracts
Regulations 2015 (the “Regulations”). As such, the procurement of the services is being run
as a process akin to the procedure mentioned above, as outlined within the suite of
procurement documents. The Contracting Authority does not intend to hold itself bound by
any of the regulations, save those applicable to Schedule 3 Services. 

How to apply

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


About the buyer


Contact name

Jane Garnett


Endeavour House
Russell Road