Decision details

Participation Support (Self Advoacy)

Decision Maker: Director of Public Health

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To seek approval for the procurement of a new Participation Support (Self Advocacy) Service from 1 April 2024


To extend the current Participation Support Contract for a 6-month period. This would take the contract end date from 1st April 2024 to 30th September 2024.

Reasons for the decision:

The service is critical to developing and enabling the participation of people with a learning disability and/or autism in the Directorate’s work as well as that of the Council more broadly. It is crucial to the delivery of the Directorate’s requirements and ambitions around coproduction, as set out in the CQC Assurance Framework, HAS 2025 and HAS improvement themes. This links into the development and delivery of strategies including the Learning Disability Strategy and Autism Strategy, as well as supporting Public Health priorities through the coproduction of solutions to health and social inequalities.

A 6 month contract extension has been agreed to allow additional time to fully explore and consider the options of what a new Participation Support Service contract may look like to ensure best value and equity.

Alternative options considered:

Re-procurement of a new participation support service to start in April 2024 was considered and rejected.

The proposed extension is to allow time to re-procure the service without disrupting the service itself.

Publication date: 24/10/2023

Date of decision: 20/10/2023

Effective from: 01/11/2023

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