Update on the Procurement of the new Early Years Health and Wellbeing Service
Following the contract award report being approved by Cabinet on 18 April a ‘Request for Call-in’ was considered by the Schools, Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee. The ability for Scrutiny to call in reports approved by Cabinet is an important part of the Council’s decision making process, helping to maintain consistency and transparency.
A meeting of the Schools, Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee was held on Tuesday 2 May, to decide whether to call-in the report. The meeting and discussion was broadcasted which can be viewed.
At the meeting the Scrutiny Committee decided not to ‘Call-In’ the Cabinet decision. As such the recommendation to award the contract to the lead provider assessed as having submitted the best tender in terms of quality, price and social value has been approved.
You may be aware that we have now entered a period of National Purdah due to the forthcoming General Election. During a purdah period council officers must refrain from making announcements which could be viewed as politically contentious.
The announcement of the decisions made by Cabinet in relation to the Early Years contract award have been judged as falling within the purdah restrictions. We will therefore confirm the name of the successful organisation and start consultation on proposed changes to Children’s Centre services after the purdah period ends on 9 June 2017.
We are pleased to announce that the contract for the new Early Years Health and Wellbeing Service has been awarded to Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust’s tender document was developed in partnership with Barnardo’s, Spurgeons Children’s Charity (Spurgeons), St Paul’s Community Development Trust and The Springfield Project who will be key partners in the new model.
Work to mobilise the new contract is now underway with plans being developed to ensure that children and families continue to receive the services they need during the period of transition. Further information will be provided to current providers of Early Years services and their staff shortly.
A second phase of public consultation will open from 19 June until 17 August 2017 to consult the public on the changes proposed at a local level. The consultation will seek views on proposed delivery locations and opening hours and will seek views to inform the final model.
Come along to one of our public consultation events to hear more about the proposals and give us your views:
|Edgbaston Community Centre||30 June||10:30am - 12:30pm|
|Erdington Library||10 July||10:30am - 12:30pm|
|The Unity Hub, Ward End||13 July||1:00pm - 3:00pm|
|Kings Heath Library||10 August||10:30am - 12:30pm|
|Birmingham Council House, Chamberlain Room||28 July||5:00pm - 7:00pm|
|Northfield Library||7 July||10:30am - 12:30pm|
|Alexander Stadium, Hospitality Suite||18 July||10:30am - 12:30pm|
|St Francis Youth and Community Centre||17 July||9:30am - 11:30am|
|Mere Green Library||1 August||10:30am - 12:30pm|
|Acocks Green Library||9 August||10:30am - 12:30pm|
A separate process of consultation for impacted staff will take place and staff will be informed by the outcomes of the public consultation to enable meaningful discussions.
The public consultation has now closed and work has commenced on the analysis of the responses received. The outcomes of the consultation and recommendations will be presented to Cabinet on 24 October 2017.
The new system to be delivered by Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will be easier to access, bringing together the current health visiting service and children’s centre services. This will create a network of community-based services around local early years hubs.
Following the consultation on the proposed changes to the Early Years Health and Wellbeing Service, including the locations services will be provided from in the future. A revised plan has now been finalised and will go forward to Cabinet for approval on 24 October 2017.