Procurement & General Information

Procurement & General Information

Community health improvement services procurement 2019: information and guidance

What has changed?

We have changed how we award the contracts to make the process easier, simpler and fairer.

The new process is simple for providers to complete and is fair to the whole market. You will be able to reapply if you are unsuccessful the first time.

Please note that the price for the contracts has been agreed in advanced and is fixed. The Lots will be open to new providers throughout the duration of the contract.

We have been working closely with the LMC and LPC who are supportive of this new approach.

When are the changes happening?

The framework is now open, and will stay open for the whole contract period (potentially as long as March 2023).

If you don’t meet all the criteria straight away, you can reapply when they do.

Services will start in April 2019.

How can the framework be accessed?

To view and apply for these opportunities please visit the e-procurement portal.

Please ensure you follow the application process described in the Application walk through – DN382042.

The Framework will operate for one year with the option to extend for a further year up to a maximum period of four years.

How to get support

All clarifications and questions should be raised through the e-procurement portal.

Community health improvement services procurement 2019: the services

Which services are included in this procurement?

The contracts listed below are coming to an end in March 2019 and are included in this re-procurement opportunity to start on 1st April 2019. To compliment the below service summaries, these maps by service provide a visual representation of 2018 activity. This geographical data will help to indicate how much activity might expected in different parts of the county with potential changes over time depending on the needs and demands of the local population.

  • Lot 1: Health checks

This is a check designed for local residents aged from 40 to 74 years old, with some exceptions.  The process, as laid out in government legislation, assesses a range of health factors, including smoking status, family history of coronary heart disease, body mass index, cholesterol level, blood pressure, physical activity levels, cardiovascular risk score, and alcohol consumption.

In 2017-18, 6,241 health checks were completed by GPs with a further 1,492 conducted in pharmacies.

  • Lot 2: Emergency hormonal contraception (EHC)

Emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if the contraception you have used has failed – for example, a condom has split or you have missed a pill.  EHC uses chemicals that affect the release of an egg, and therefore can prevent pregnancy.  There were 5,620 EHC interventions delivered in 2017-18.

  • Lot 3: Long acting reversible contraception (LARC)

LARC refers to contraceptive methods that require administration less than once per cycle or month, specifically: copper intrauterine devices; progestogen-only intrauterine systems; progestogen-only injectable contraceptives; progestogen-only subdermal implants.  Under the current contract, there were 7,695 instances of LARC in 2017-18.

  • Lot 4: Needle exchange

Needle and syringe programmes (NSPs) supply needles and syringes for people who inject drugs. In addition, they often supply other equipment used to prepare and take drugs (for example, filters, mixing containers and sterile water). The majority of needle and syringe programmes are run by pharmacies and drug services.  They may operate from fixed, mobile or outreach sites.  The main aim of needle and syringe programmes is to reduce the transmission of blood-borne viruses and other infections caused by sharing injecting equipment.  They also reduce the risk to the public from discarded needles by providing the opportunity for disposal of used sharps.

In 2017-18, there were 17,497 visits to pharmacies for needle exchange.

  • Lot 5: Supervised consumption

In some instances where an individual is prescribed medication to help treat a substance use disorder, clinical guidance recommends that the patient is observed while taking what is a potentially toxic medication, to reduce the risks to the individual concerned and the wider community.  In 2017-18, 708 individuals were registered for supervised consumption.

  • Lot 6: Smoking cessation

Several treatments are available to support people looking to stop smoking, including:

  • Psychosocial behaviour change support, which offers people personalised support while they go through the process of quitting;
  • Nicotine replacement therapy, which provides a low level of nicotine, without the tar, carbon monoxide and other poisonous chemicals present in tobacco smoke, reducing harm and reducing unpleasant withdrawal effects;
  • Prescribed medication (i.e. Varenicline), which reduces cravings and blocks the rewarding and reinforcing effects of smoking.

In 2017-18, 841 people started a quit attempt with support from their GP, 359 people had quit at 4 weeks and 140 people had quit at 12 weeks.  Through Pharmacies 2,286 people started the quit, 783 people had quit at 4 weeks and 489 people had quit at 12 weeks.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) – March 2019

To assist those interested in applying to deliver Public Health Dorset services we have been collating the most frequently asked questions relating to the application and procurement process. The answers to these questions can be found in the document: Community Health Improvement Services Procurement FAQs Jan-Mar19 – updated 13 03 19

Useful Contacts

Public Health Dorset Queries

Contact: Community Providers team
Phone: 01305 224400

External Organisation Queries

Local Medical Committee (LMC), incorporating Wessex LEaD covering Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of White, Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES), Wiltshire and the Channel Islands.
Twitter @Wessex LMC

DBS checks for pharmacy staff

It is a requirement within some Public Health Dorset pharmacy specifications for staff to have an Enhanced Level DBS check in place, together with the appropriate Barred List checks.

Public Health Dorset enhanced DBS checks policy

Dorset County Council DBS Checks:

Pharmacies have the option of using the Dorset County Council DBS check if they choose.

For further information please click on the link below:

Provision of disclosure check service to external agencies HR10 form

The following forms should be completed if processing your DBS check through Dorset County Council:

Employee identity check form – employees and volunteers of contractors and external

DBS application consent form

For help to fill in these forms, or for further information please email: