Issue details

Procurement of Public Health Social Support Services for Older People

The last commissioning exercise for Public Health Social Support Services for Older People was undertaken in 2013.  These services are currently delivered by the Voluntary and Community Sector and a single private company and this will come to an end in July 2021.


In response to the impact of COVID 19 on older, vulnerable people which has been significant and sometimes life-limiting, support organisations have worked to adapt, collaborate and create networks for practical and social support. This procurement will seek to continue this excellent work. Therefore, West Sussex County Council seeks to recommission services in collaboration with local providers with the aim of ensuring all older people in the County, in both urban and rural communities, have access to the support they need to lead healthy, independent lives.


The formal procurement process will start in October 2020 and new contracts will be effective from 1 July 2021 and will run for five (5) years with the possibility of a further extension of up to two (2) years built into the terms of the contract. The contracts will be funded mainly through the Public Health Grant, with a contribution from Adult Social Care. Contract funding will be awarded to winning bids that ensure maximum benefits and value for money and reflect demographic needs of the older population in West Sussex.


The Cabinet Member is asked to agree the commencement of a procurement process for the provision of Public Health Services for Prevention and Independence for Older People. The Cabinet Member is also asked to delegate decisions regarding the award of the new contracts to the Director of Public Health in Consultation with the Cabinet Member.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: For Determination

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 06/08/2020

Decision due: October 2020 by Cabinet Member for Adults and Health

Lead member: Councillor Amanda Jupp

Lead director: Director of Public Health

Contact: Nikki Lewis, Lead Commissioner, Public Health Email: Tel: 0330 022 26067.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member for Adults and Health via the author or officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.

Democratic Services Contact: Erica Keegan Tel: 0330 022 26050

West Sussex Plan Priority: Independence in Later Life

Background papers

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