Adult Integrated Substance Use (Drug and Alcohol): Assessment, Treatment and Recovery Service-Sefton Council
Estimated Value – £23m
Deadline – 30/04/2021

Health Tender

Adult Integrated Substance Use (Drug and Alcohol): Assessment, Treatment and Recovery Service-Sefton Council

Sefton Council are looking to commission a fully integrated Adult Community Substance Misuse Assessment, Treatment and Recovery Service. The service will provide a central role within Sefton’s Substance Misuse Treatment System and will be responsible for delivering a range of both clinical and non-clinical interventions including but not limited to:

• Comprehensive Assessment, Care Planning and Care Plan Review

• Specialist Prescribing Services including community Opiate Substitution Treatment (OST) Programmes

• Psychological services

• Medically Assisted Recovery (MAR) and Medically Assisted Withdrawal Programmes

• Community Substance Misuse (drugs and alcohol) Detoxification Programmes

• Recovery Orientated Support Packages and Treatment & Care Pathways

• Alcohol Detoxification Pathway and Aftercare Support

• Residential Rehabilitation Pathway and Aftercare support

• Outreach and In-Reach Programmes

• Service User Involvement and Co-Production

• Alcohol Brief Interventions and Extended Brief Interventions

• Criminal Justice Interventions and Recovery

• Psychosocial and Recovery Interventions and support

• A comprehensive range of Harm Reduction and Health Protection Interventions; including Needle and Syringe Programmes, Blood Borne Virus testing, vaccination and treatment referral, overdose prevention intervention.

• Robust assurance frameworks for Clinical and Information Governance and Safeguarding for Adults and Children

The Service will work in collaboration with Health and Social Care Partners from Adult and Children’s Social Care, Primary Care and General Practice, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Medicines Management, Criminal Justice and Community Safety Partners, Local Authority Housing Options Team and other Local Authority Commissioned Services, Local Employment Support Services including Education, Training and Employment Support Services, Local Hospitals and Secondary Care and the Local Community, Voluntary and Faith Sector including Community Based Recovery Support and Mutual Aid Groups.

The Service will be flexible and responsive to local need as well as changing patterns of Substance Misuse. Interventions will be underpinned by a clear and recognised evidence base with both clinical and psychological interventions delivered, overseen and supervised by qualified staff with current Professional Registration. Service development, improvement and delivery will follow the key principles of ‘Co-production’ with the involvement, influence and contributions made by Service Users and Peer Mentors being recognised and rewarded through clearly managed, supervised and structured volunteer programmes.

Service performance outcomes will be measured against the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF), National and Local Health Protection Priorities, Life Course Improvements and Positive Family Focused Outcomes and National Drugs Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS.)


The Service will be responsible for all costs associated with acquiring and maintaining premises from which to deliver the service in both the north and south of the borough to enable easy and equitable access for Sefton residents. The Service is currently provided from 2 main hubs located in Southport and Bootle. It is expected that the service will continue to have 2 main hubs and at least 2 satellite clinics within neutral sites/venues.

Both the Southport and Bootle hubs must be fit for purpose to enable the service to be delivered safely and effectively.

The points below must be taken into consideration when organisations are selecting the premises that they propose to deliver the service from, as a minimum:

• An easily accessible location in a safe and secure environment.

• Adequate disabled access with ground floor consultation areas.

• Sufficient and appropriate consultations rooms and clinical areas.

• Sufficient waiting areas.

• Compliant clinical waste storage and removal areas.

This procurement is being undertaken in accordance with section 7 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015,also know as the “Light Touch” regime.

The contract is for a 5 year core period commencing 1st April 2022, with 2 x 12 month extension options.

Time limit for receipt of projects or requests to participate

30 April 2021

Local time


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