Procurement

Lincolnshire County Council wishes to commission a Supported Employment service that will help people with a learning disability and autism that are known to Adult Care and Community Wellbeing Services to experience work and retain paid employment. This service will be known as the Specialist Tailored Employment Partnership.

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NHS England has confirmed the bidding process for Wave 2 of the Individual Placement Support funding and launched it on 7 November. Applications should be returned by close of play on Wednesday 5th December 2018 to England.mentalhealthsouth@nhs.net and copy to england.adultMH@nhs.net

We are trying to locate all the documentation needed to submit an application and will post a link on this page.

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

Jobcentre Plus would like to work with partners to improve the employment prospects of individuals facing complex barriers in Somerset and North Somerset. They are looking for imaginative and innovative proposals from organisations to support individuals with mental health barriers to employment.

This opportunity will be administered by Jobcentre Plus through grant funding. The funding available for this is up to a maximum of £99,000 and will be awarded to a lead accountable body (LAB). A LAB must be a legal entity with auditable accounts.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has issued a prior information notice (PIN) regarding the new dynamic purchasing system (DPS) for Employment & Health Test and Learn.

This DPS will present opportunities for organisation, with a focus on innovation and local specialist support, to be involved and test the development of new approaches for employment and health related activity. This will be key to building evidence to support the delivery of future provision at both national and local level.

The Scottish Government has awarded contracts worth up to £96 million to help people find and stay in work. Fair Start Scotland service aims to help at least 38,000 people to find employment and will start in April 2018. Participation will be on a voluntary basis. The programme includes funding for supported employment and IPS provision.

The New Local Government Network (NLGN) has published a document about use of the social value within procurement. The report is based on a workshop held in Birmingham in December 2016, with attendees from local authorities and the private sector. It looks at the background to including social value in procurement processes, as well as how its aims can best be achieved in practice.

DWP has released more details about Greater Manchester and London's devolved powers to procure and deliver the Work and Health Programme. The two cities will receive funds to develop, procure and deliver localised versions of the new Work and Health Programme to fit the needs of their residents. The Work and Health Programme is expected to start from late 2017 in England and Wales.

Scotland's Employability Minister, Jamie Hepburn, has confirmed that the £14 million Work First Scotland programme, which will provide employment support for 3,300 disabled people, will be voluntary and will not use the threat of sanctions. 

DWP has published changes to the procurement process for the Work and Health Programme and issued a revised indicative timetable for the process.

DWP has issued the following statement on the Bravo Solution website:

Thank you for your interest in the Work and Health Programme. DWP is very keen to work with the market and listen to your views, ensuring that we in are in a position to create the most suitable and effective programme for the customer group.

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