Decision details

COVID-19 Commissioning of additional mental health services for adults, and children and young people during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Public Health and Communities

Decision status: Implemented

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

To seek Cabinet Member approval to commission additional mental health services for adults, and children & young people in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

 

This decision was implemented as an urgent decision using the Council’s Special Urgency Rules. In advance of the decision being taken, Chair (Cllr Stephen Hirst) and Vice Chair (Cllr Iain Dobie) of the Adult Social Care and Communities Scrutiny Committee, and Chair of Council, (Cllr Ray Theodoulou), gave their agreement that the decision could be taken as an urgent decision. The decision will be implemented without pre-implementation review.

Decision:

Having fully considered all the available information, the Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities, decided to reject the alternative options and take the recommended decision to delegate authority to the Director of Public Health to:

 

1.    Award to the supplier known as Xenzone, without further competition (i.e. direct award), a contract for the provision of an online mental health support service for adults (known as “Qwell Digital”). Such contract shall continue for an initial period of 9 months and include an option to extend its term for a further period of not more than 3 months.

 

2.    Award to the supplier known as Xenzone, without further competition (i.e. direct award), a contract for the provision of an online mental health support service for young people (known as “Kooth Digital”).  Such contract shall continue for an initial period of 9 months and include an option to extend its term for a further period of not more than 3 months.

 

3.    Award to the provider known as Gloucestershire Counselling Services, without further competition (i.e. direct award), a contract for the provision of counselling services.  Such contract shall continue for an initial period of 9 months and include an option to extend its term for a further period of not more than 3 months.

 

4.    Award to the provider known as Plan4Sport, without further competition (i.e. direct award), a contract for the provision of online mental health training resources and wellbeing support for community volunteers. Such contract shall continue for an initial period of 6 months and include options to extend its term for not more than two further 3 month periods.

 

5.    Transfer funding to Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (“GCCG”) (in accordance with the terms of a Section 76 Agreement  between the council and GCCG) for the purpose of GCCG commissioning the provision of a mental health helpline service for young people (for a period of 12 months) under a contract with the supplier known as Teens in Crisis (TIC+).

 

For the reasons set out in the published decision report.

 

This decision was implemented as an urgent decision using the Council’s Special Urgency Rules.

Urgent item?: Yes

Publication date: 24/04/2020

Date of decision: 24/04/2020

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