Services - 312939-2015

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05/09/2015    S172

United Kingdom-Slough: Social services

2015/S 172-312939

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Official name: Slough Borough Council
Postal address: 51 Bath Road
Town: Slough
Postal code: SL1 3UF
Country: United Kingdom
For the attention of: Robin Annexstein
Telephone: +44 1753787594

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Further information can be obtained from:
The above mentioned contact point(s)

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
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
SBC — Slough Single Independent Advocacy Service (Adults).
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 25: Health and social services
Slough, Berkshire.

NUTS code UKJ11 Berkshire

II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
Slough Borough Council are looking for a lead organisation to form a partnership/consortia of organisations that will deliver Independent Statutory and Non-statutory Advocacy services. It is proposed that the existing advocacy provision currently provided under six separate contracts be re-tendered and integrated into a single pathway, with access points that make it easy for service users to find the support they need. The intention is to have a single point of entry, making it straightforward for people to navigate the system. This will ensure that people are seamlessly signposted to the most appropriate service.
The Care Act regulations for independent advocacy are clear: providers of advocacy must be independent of the local authority, with their own constitution, code of practice and complaints procedure. Advocates under the Care Act will be managed by, and primarily accountable to, the advocacy organisation that recruits and employs them, thereby maintaining their independence from the local authority.
Advocacy under the Care Act has a focus on supporting the person to be involved in the care and support ‘process’. It means supporting a person to understand information, express their needs and wishes, secure their rights, represent their interests, and obtain the care and support they need, regardless of the setting.
The statutory advocacy services to be provided are:
— Independent Mental Health Advocacy,
— Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy,
— NHS Complaints Advocacy,
— Care Act Advocacy (Assessment, Support Planning and Review, Safeguarding Advocacy, Carers Advocacy, Hospital Advocacy).
The non-statutory advocacy services to be provided are:
— Community Advocacy.
Advocacy Outcomes:
1. Access to independent advocacy, so that people have more choice and control in making decisions about their lives while reducing inequalities in accessing services and in achieving positive outcomes.
2. Services enable service users and carers to be supported as independent as possible through the delivery of advocacy services.
3. Service users and carers will be empowered to participate in decisions about their care and support.
4. Service users and carers who are unable to participate in decisions about their care or treatment still have their needs, views and wishes communicated to professionals making these decisions by the advocate.
5. Service users and carers understand their rights and are supported to exercise these rights.
6. Access to active and supportive communities that offer better personal and social support networks and membership of groups; welcoming and inclusive local communities; opportunities to participate and make a contribution and support for carers.


This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

85320000 Social services, 85300000 Social work and related services, 85000000 Health and social work services, 98000000 Other community, social and personal services, 85310000 Social work services

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:
Slough Borough Council have pooled resources with Slough Clinical Commissioning Group to commission independent advocacy services which will deliver positive outcomes for service users.
Slough Borough Council intends to enter into a single contract for a period of 3 years with the option to extend for a further 2 1-year periods subject to satisfactory performance against agreed outcomes.
Please note that this notice is intended to give prior notice of our intention to tender for these services. Any dates given are intended to be a guide only and as such are subject to change.
In preparation of a forthcoming tender Slough Borough Council is hosting a Provider Information Workshop and wishes to invite prospective and interested organisations.
The objective of this event is:
For the Council to engage with the market, informing them of the Council's vision; development of the service specification; review of the procurement route, e-tendering and timetable.
When: Thursday 24.9.2015.
Time: 10:00-13:00.
Where: Slough Borough Council.
The Centre, Flexi-Hall, Farnham Road, SL1 4UT.

Providers wishing to attend are requested to e-mail to register their interest so that a programme for the day can be sent in due course. Please provide name, organisation, contact details, number of attendees (maximum 2 per organisation) and any access requirements you may have. Closing date is 17 September August 2015.

There will be a maximum of 40 attendees. In case of over-subscription to the event, the number attending from each organisation may be reduced. Attendees should be familiar with and have comprehensive knowledge of the principal legislative and requirements relating to the provision of independent advocacy for adults.
Please note that participation in any forthcoming tender process is not dependant on attendance to the event.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: