Manchester and London: Devolved Work & Health Programme News

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More details have been announced about how the devolved versions of the Work and Health Programme will be commissioned in Manchester and London. In both cases, the new programme will be commissioned outside of DWP’s Umbrella Agreement for Employment & Health Related Services (UAEHRS). This means that providers who were unsuccessful in securing a place on the UAEHRS framework will be eligible to bid for these new tenders.

In London, the capital will be divided into four Contract Package Areas, each with its own lead local authority, with a collective value of £140m over 5 years. A two-stage procurement exercise is expected, with a market engagement event provisionally scheduled for 13th February. In Manchester, there will be a single provider CPA, but consortia and joint venture bids are encouraged. Manchester’s programme will include an emphasis on a clear health “ask and offer” reflecting the recently published Greater Manchester Population Health Plan. The bidding process for Manchester is expected to start in late February or early March, with a market engagement event provisionally scheduled for the 8th February.

DWP’s own Work & Health Programme mini-competition commenced last week, covering the rest of England and Wales, with one CPA in each UAEHRS Lot area. This is following a commercial dialogue process with a number of competition stages. Each CPA will be whittled down to just three short-listed bidders by April 2017, with successful bidders announced in September 2017. The WHP contracts will be collectively worth around £430m over 8 years, starting in November 2017.

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