Published date: 25 March 2022

Awarded contract - This means that the contract has been awarded to a supplier.

Closing: 31 March 2021, 12pm

Contract summary


  • Health services - 85100000

Location of contract

East of England

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

25 March 2022

Closing date

31 March 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

1 January 2022

Contract end date

31 August 2025

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Negotiated procedure without prior publication (above threshold)

The opportunity was not advertised, because for example only one supplier is capable of delivering the requirement, or due to extreme urgency brought about by unforeseen events.

This procedure can be used for procurements above the relevant contract value threshold.

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



This Award Notice is published in association with the voluntary ex ante transparency notice (2021/S 000-031994) published 21st December 2021 (and modified via Corrigendum (2022/S 000-002100) on 24th January 2022 to confirm a contract award has been made by NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Basildon & Brentwood CCG, NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG, NHS Southend CCG, NHS Thurrock CCG ("the CCG's) to their existing CYP MH Service Provider (NELFT) for the provision of Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) in Mid and South Essex.

MHST are new services designed to support mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in and around schools and colleges. The teams were described in Transforming children and young people's mental health provision: a Green Paper and they are a key element of the ambitions set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

The CCGs are developing a multi-year trajectory and a regional plan for future MHST waves (Waves 5 , 7 and 9) from 2022 to 2024 in accordance with NHSE's "Transforming Children and Young People's Mental Health Provision Green Paper". A further six teams are being allocated to Mid and South Essex and the proposed total aggregate contract value is £6,592,347 (incl. VAT) and £5,493,622 (excl. VAT).

NHSE have decided nationally to move away from the current annualised bidding process for funding relating to Mental Health Support Teams that CCG's had to undertake previously, to a multi-year approach. This was to ensure the NHS achieve at least 20-25% coverage nationally by 2023/24 in line with the proposals within the in "Transforming Children and Young People's Mental Health Provision Green Paper".

Additionally, it means that the NHS can take a longer-term view ensure more equitable coverage across Regions, allowing local areas more time to plan and prepare for future waves, and supporting local systems and regions transition MHSTs to 'business as usual' in preparation for the expected continuation and expansion of roll out of MHSTs beyond 2023/24.

NHSE/I's 'Delivery Support Pack' for CCG's stated in the operating principles that as part of the funding being awarded, MHSTs should be additional to, and integrated with, existing support. The CCGs were expected in their funding application to reflect how the MHST offer is integrated with the existing local offer. NHSE/I set a clear expectation that a broad coalition of partners spanning a range of education settings, local authorities including public health, the voluntary sector, Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) and local providers collaborate with CCGs in steering and supporting local implementation.

In light of considerable mobilisation risks associated with any transfer of service, and the ambitious timescales mandated by NHSE/I, the CCGs decided to integrate with the CYP MH provider, who is uniquely placed to successfully deliver MHST and its future expansion programme, within the mandated timescales.

More information

Additional text

The Service to which this procurement relates fall within Schedule 3 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 as amended by as amended by The Public Procurement (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020, (the "Regulations"). As such, the Contracting Authority does not intend to hold itself bound by any of the Regulations, save those applicable to Schedule 3 Services.

Award information

Awarded date

24 January 2023

Contract start date

1 January 2022

Contract end date

31 August 2025

Total value of contract


This contract was awarded to 1 supplier.

NELFT NHS Foundation Trust


CEME Centre - West Wing Marsh Way Rainham RM13 8GQ


No reference - other

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Supplier is VCSE?


About the buyer

Contact name

NHS Thurrock CCG


Civic Offices 2nd Floor, New Road
RM17 6SL