Issue details

Contract Variation for Provision of a Health, Wellbeing and Recovery Service

A variation to the contract for the Provision of a Health and Wellbeing Recovery Service for Children, Young People and Adults who use Alcohol and /or Drugs is required to include the three services described below, for the period 1 April 2021 to 9 May 2023.  The Total value of the current contract (5+2 years) is £35,998,201 and the contract variation is less than 10% of the total contract value, £630,000.


High level services improve support and outcomes for children of alcohol dependent parents and reduces parental conflict in these families. This group experiences greater likelihood of poor school attendance and engagement; physical and emotional difficulties in later life including greater risk of substance misuse and parental conflict. These services include;



  1. Support for Children of alcohol and drug dependent parents; and
  2. The ‘Growing Families’ Service; a team of front-line workers, working across the multi-agency early help system, to support children and families from pre-birth, early years and school age.


Misuse of alcohol and/or drugs often goes hand in hand with mental health issues. Local audits and service reports demonstrate that significant mental health difficulties are experienced by high level numbers on a substance misuse service caseload. This service includes;


  1. Specialist support for adults with co-occurring substance misuse and mental health difficulties


The investment will increase capacity and the out-reach function to respond to the needs of people more effectively with co-occurring conditions.


The proposal for the variation is for a countywide model with a strong focus on outreach, assertive engagement and multiagency working. Interventions will be evidence based as specified in the National Institute for Healthcare and Excellence (NICE) guidelines.



Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 10/12/2020

Decision due: January 2021 by Interim Director of Public Health

Lead member: Tony Hill, Interim Director of Public Health

Contact: Moira Jones, Contract Officer Email: Tel: 033 022 28694.

Consultation process

Representations can be made, via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.

Democratic Services Contact: Erica Keegan Tel: 033 022 26050

Background3: A Strong, Safe and Sustainable Place


Background papers

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