Issue details

Specialist Advocacy Service Award of Contract

The Specialist Advocacy Service will support customers with significant communication difficulties to have a voice and express their needs and wishes. Customers will be supported to resolve issues and difficulties which would otherwise have a negative impact on their physical and mental well-being.  This Advocacy Service is a component part of the People Services prevention strategy which is designed to support demand management and delivery of value for money. It acts as an effective shield to costly frontline services and supports customers to resolve issues and difficulties independently, or with the support of an advocate.


Following the Cabinet Member for Adults and Health’s decision, in October 2019 ( AH8 19/20) , to commence a competitive procurement exercise for a Specialist Advocacy Service, a robust open tender procurement process in compliance with West Sussex County Council Standing Orders on Procurement and Contracts has been undertaken.  The procurement attracted competitive bids which have been evaluated robustly on both technical and financial aspects.  Prior to commencement of evaluation, it was agreed that the contractor submitting the most economically advantageous tender would be recommended for award of the contract and a successful bidder has been identified.


The Executive Director Adults and Health seeks to award the contract to the successful bidder and to extend the contract, if appropriate, in accordance with the County Council’s Standing Orders on Procurement and Contracts, subject to this being affordable within the limits of planned budgets.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 20/01/2020

Decision due: March 2020 by Interim Executive Director Adults and Health

Lead member: Kim Curry, Executive Director Adults and Health

Contact: Liz Merrick, Commissioning Manager (Working Age Adults) Email: Tel: 033 022 23733.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Executive Director of Adults and Health 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: 0330 022 26050

Background3: A Strong, Safe and Sustainable Place


Background papers

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