Decision details

Extension of contracts for the provision of Specialist Health Services for people with learning disabilities and autism in West Sussex OKD54 20/21

Decision Maker: Executive Director Adults and Health

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


West Sussex County Council is the lead commissioner for the Learning Disability Pooled Budget and currently contracts for specialist health provisions for adults with LD and autism. The providers of the services are Sussex Partnership Foundation NHS Trust (SPFT) and Sussex Community Foundation Trust (SCFT). 


The combined value of the two contracts is £3,805,017 per annum.  The contracts were let on a 3 year term, commencing 1st July 2018. 


A decision is required to invoke the provision under clause 2.4 of the contracts between WSCC and SPFT and SCFT, to apply an extension for a period of four years until 2025, following the expiry of the initial 3 years of the current contract in 2021.  The total contract value over the recommended extension period is £15, 220, 068.


Taking up the full four year extension will allow the County Council and its health partners to:


  • Work to deliver the service developments and improvements as identified
  • Maximise opportunities to share best practice and achieve scale and partnership efficiencies, by continuing to work with the current providers that deliver services across Sussex and who work strategically with key system partners such as Sussex CCG’s, the Sussex Health and Care Partnership and NHSE.
  • Make best use of resources, including WSCC staff resources (in particular commissioning and contracting staff) that are temporarily diverted to manage the additional pressures and challenges presented by Covid-19



The Executive Director of Adults and Health has approved a four year extension to the contracts for the provision of specialist health services to 30 June 2025.


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Publication date: 13/01/2021

Date of decision: 13/01/2021

Effective from: 25/01/2021

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