Issue details

School Public Health Services update

The Children’s Social Care and Health Cabinet Committee previously endorsed plans to commission new School Public Health Services across Kent through a competitive procurement process. This procurement process started earlier in 2016 and is being undertaken as part of the wider procurement of the Children’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Services across the county.

The combined annual budget for the first year of the contracts will be approximately £5.6m and will be funded from the Public Health grant. The contract values will be subject to a year-on-year reduction over the life of the contract, in line with the planned reductions to the Public Health grant.

The total combined contract values over the initial five year term will be £26m. The new services are due to start operating on 1st April 2017.

Legal Implications: The contracts will only be awarded following conclusion of the competitive tendering process.

Equality Implications: None.

The matter is referred to in the Business Plan/Medium Term Capital Programme.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure or savings of more than £1m;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Division affected: (All Division);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 04/01/2017

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - View reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
accompanying paperwork will include commercially-sensitive information

Decision due: Not before 1st Feb 2017 by Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health
Reason: in order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health

Lead director: Andrew Scott-Clark

Department: Social Care, Health & Wellbeing

Contact: Karen Sharp, Head of Commissioning for Public Health 03000 416668 Email:


The Children’s Social Care and Health Cabinet Committee considered the matter at its meetings on 8 September 2015, 22 January 2016, 22 March 2016, 5 July 2016 and 10 November 2016.


At the meeting on 10 November, the Committee ENDORSED the proposed decision to award the contracts to the successful bidders from those listed in the exempt appendix to the recommendation report.


Financial implications: Karen Sharp, Head of Commissioning, Public Health 0300 333 6497

Legal implications: 16/00038a2