Test & Learn DPS launched on Bravo

DWP has issued a contract notice announcing a new Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for Employment and Health Related Test and Learn Provision.

The Government and specifically the Department for Work and Pensions have a challenging agenda to help people, many of whom have complex barriers to employment, to be able to move into work and sustain that employment. As part of this the Government has committed to a goal of seeing one million more disabled people in employment by 2027.

As set out in the Policy Paper “Improving Lives: the Future of Work, Health and Disability”, published in October 2016, the Authority and Authorised Buyers are looking to deliver a number of new Proof of Concepts (PoC), trials etc. to improve the support that it can offer and to understand what works best.

This presents opportunities for businesses, with a focus on innovation and local specialist support, to support and test the development of new approaches for employment support. This provision will be key to building evidence to support the delivery of future provision at both national and local level.

Members will need to register on Bravo (https://dwp.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml) if you haven’t already and then sign up specifically to the new DPS which is PQ_28804. All the information you need, including instructions and how to apply, can be found on Bravo. Should you have any queries regarding the DPS then you can send a message through BRAVO and the DWP team will pick it up.

We strongly recommend that all providers sign up to this DPS framework as soon as possible. There are no imminent projects, however you will need need to be accredited by DWP to be eligible for specific ITTs when they are published in the future.

You'll be asked to specify your areas of interest from the following:

  • Pan Disability; 
  • Physical Disability; 
  • Visual Impairment; 
  • Hearing Impairment; 
  • Learning Disability; 
  • Autism; 
  • Long Term Health Issues; 
  • Musculoskeletal; 
  • Common Mental Health Issues; 
  • Severe Mental Health Issues; 
  • Drug / Alcohol Dependency; 

The support types include in-work support; supporting employers, in-work progression, and peer support.