Oxfordshire County Council Public Health


Contract for the Provision of Young People’s Substance Misuse Service.

Invitation to Submit an Expression of Interest

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Oxfordshire County Council Public Health Directorate is seeking a Service Provider to provide a specialist drug and alcohol service for children and young people in Oxfordshire.

The Service Provider shall  deliver structured psychosocial interventions for young people misusing drugs and alcohol, or children and young people who are affected by their parent’s or family member’s substance misuse. The Service Provider will also provide brief intervention and advice for alcohol either on a one to basis or through group work.

The Service operates as an integrated part of Oxfordshire County Council’s Early Intervention Service. The Service Provider’s specialist drugs and alcohol workers shall be based at the seven hubs (one FTE worker at each hub) and operate as part of the hub teams. The hubs are located in Banbury, Bicester, Witney, East Oxford, Littlemore (Oxford), Abingdon and Didcot.

Interventions will be delivered flexibly by the Service Provider in terms of time and place. Sessions with young people may take place in the hubs or at other locations. Outreach is an important part of the Service and this may include targeted work with young people in schools. 

The Service Provider’s specialist drugs and alcohol workers shall work with children and young people referred through the standard Early Intervention ‘request for service’ route. Referring agencies include schools, health professionals, parents and young people themselves.

The Service Provider will be required to evidence a proven track record in the delivery of high quality services of the same nature and must be able to demonstrate excellent, innovative and pro-active skills in working with young people with substance misuse problems (their own or a parent’s or family member’s). 

This is a 3 year contract with the option to extend for a further 12 months in aggregate. The contract will commence from 1st October 2014.

The maximum contract value for this Service is £340,000 per annum.


The Invitation to Tender will be sent to all Service Providers who express an interest in this Service.

The tender process will be conducted under a single stage procedure

Oxfordshire County Council will not be bound to award any contract under this tender process

Applicants should note that they will need to register on the southeast portal www.businessportal.southeastiep.gov.uk  before expressing an interest in the opportunity. Registration itself will not automatically result in an expression of interest being communicated.

Please send your expressions of interest via the “Express an Interest” function on this portal ( www.businessportal.southeastiep.gov.uk.).

A provider workshop is provisionally planned for the 1st May  from 10-12 in Oxford for organisations expressing an interest.

A fully detailed specification will be issued at the Invitation To Tender (ITT) stage at a later date.

If you have any general questions regarding this proposed service please contact:

Clare Dodwell, clare.dodwell@oxfordshire.gov.uk

If you have any general questions regarding the tender process please contact:

Carol Rogan

Strategic Procurement Officer

Email: carol.rogan@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Telephone: 01865 323731


The closing date for our receipt of expressions of interest is by 12 noon Thursday 17th April 2014.



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