Decision details

Approval to Award a Contract for the Provision of Young People Substance Misuse Service

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes



1.     Cabinet to agree ongoing investment into young people’s substance misuse commissioning from April 2019 (£450k per annum plus office accommodation aligned with the Family Places model); the new contract is for 3 years with the option to extend for an additional 3 years


2.     Cabinet to award the contract to the preferred supplier following a competitive tender process





That the award of contract for the provision of Surrey’s Young People’s Substance Misuse Service to Catch 22 be approved.  The contract will be for a period of three years from 1 April 2019, with an option to extend for a further three years in one year intervals.


Reasons for decision:


The existing contract will expire on 31 March 2019. A competitive tender process, in compliance with the requirements of Public Contract Regulations and Procurement Standing Orders, had been completed. The recommended suppliers offered overall best value for money in the procurement process.


The Council’s statutory responsibilities for public health services were set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012 in which the provision of substance misuse services was mandated. This service had been funded via the ring-fenced Public Health Grant and supported the Council’s duty to improve public health and provide facilities for the prevention or treatment of illness.


The award of this contract would enable uninterrupted provision of the service and would contribute towards the Council’s Vision for Surrey in 2030 by supporting young people to have a positive start in life and addressing issues affected by their substance misuse as early as possible, in order for them to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.


Each of Surrey’s ambitions for people are supported within this contract:

·        children and young people are safe and feel safe and confident;

·        everyone benefits from education, skills and employment opportunities that help them succeed in life;

·        everyone lives healthy, active and fulfilling lives, and makes good choices about their wellbeing;

·        everyone gets the health and social care support and information they need at the right time and place; and

·        communities are welcoming and supportive, especially of those most in need, and people feel able to contribute to community life


In addition, this service would fulfil key priorities within Surrey’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy, including:

·        improving children’s health and wellbeing

·        developing a preventative approach

·        promoting emotional wellbeing and mental health

·        safeguarding the population


This service would generate a number of benefits for Surrey’s residents by supporting the Early Help and Family Resilience models, resulting in anticipated financial savings for Surrey. Based on Public Health England’s Return on Investment Tool in which ‘for every £1 spent on young people’s drug and alcohol interventions brings a [cost avoidance] benefit of £1.93 within two years and up to £8.38 in the long term’, there could be cost avoidance savings made of approximately £3.7million in the long term and £211,392 in Social Value.


[The decisions on this item can be called in by the Health, Integration & Commissioning Select Committee]


Report author: Heather Ryder

Publication date: 19/12/2018

Date of decision: 18/12/2018

Decided at meeting: 18/12/2018 - Cabinet

Effective from: 29/12/2018

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