Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is inviting expressions of interest from a single (or single consortium)Provider for an Integrated Sexual Health (ISH) Service with open access provision.
The service will be procured under a single contract to be delivered by a lead provider. The lead provider will be required to work in partnership with or sub contract to other organisations with relevant expertise to deliver services across the four localities in Southend-on-Sea.
The ISH Service will provide open access, cost-effective, high quality, confidential provision for contraception and reproductive health services; and, prevention, testing, diagnosis, treatment and management of sexually transmitted infections services according to evidence-based protocols. The provider will deliver and develop the ISH service to meet the sexual health and wellbeing needs of the population of Southend-on-Sea. The focus of the service will be to encourage people to achieve and maintain positive health and wellbeing through adopting safe and healthy choices with regards to their sexual health. It is therefore essential that there is a universal offer of prevention that supports behavioural changes, early identification of risky sexual behaviour and timely referrals to services. The service shall provide learning and training opportunities as well as health promotion messages at all levels of service provision. The contract will commence on the 1st April and will run for 3 years, until 31.3.2022. There will be an option to extend for an additional 2 years, or any part thereof.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council welcomes submissions from all organisational types, including the Third Sector. It is estimated that the contract value will be in the region of 4 000 000 GBP (for the 3 year term) and due to the extent of this contract, the authority would welcome consortia bids.