To receive the report from the Cabinet Member for Specialist Children’s Services and the Corporate Director for Social Care, Health and Wellbeing and to consider and endorse or make recommendations to the Cabinet Member
Mr T Wilson, Head of Strategic Commissioning, and Ms S Mullin, Commissioning Manager, were in attendance for this item.
1. Mr Wilson introduced the report and responded to comments and questions from Members. The following points were highlighted:-
a) as part of the pre-procurement process, a ‘meet the market’ event had been held, which had been attended by a number of potential contractors. However, only three bids had been received, and this low number may be due to the highly-specialised nature of the work;
b) the County Council’s Procurement Board, which involved elected Members, had received information regarding the procurement prior to the evaluation of bids; and
c) the County Council would have a role in monitoring the performance of the contractor, in partnership with the clinical commissioning groups. The contract would include clear provision for action to be taken if the contractor’s performance were to fall below the required level.
2. RESOLVED that the decision proposed to be taken by the Cabinet Member for Specialist Children’s Services, to award a contract for the provision of post sexual abuse, harmful sexual behaviour and risk assessment services, to the winning bidders, be endorsed.