Published date: 16 October 2020

Closed early engagement

Closing date: 3 November 2020

Contract summary


  • Health and social work services - 85000000

Location of contract

North West

Procurement reference


Published date

16 October 2020

Closing date

3 November 2020

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NHS Halton CCG - Social Prescribing Link-Worker Service

NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) are working on behalf of NHS Halton CCG who wish to procure a Social Prescribing service for patients living in the CCG area.

The Halton Social Prescribing Link-Worker Service aims to assist people in the Borough by referring them to local, non-clinical services in order to improve both their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

The potential contract will be valued at approximately £310,000 per year; and the contract duration will be for 3 years with the potential to extend for a further 1 x 2-year period.

NHS Halton CCG is currently looking for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from providers who could be interested in delivering a Social Prescribing service to people in the CCG area in order to help inform their Commissioning intentions.

To find out more or to respond to this opportunity and to complete the short EOI questionnaire, please visit the NHS Midlands and Lancashire CSU e-sourcing portal at

Potential suppliers should be aware that Expressions of Interest (EOIs) should be submitted by 4pm on Tuesday 3rd November 2020.

In the event that the commissioners proceed to an Invitation to Tender stage all providers who expressed interest in the tender will be invited into the procurement process which will be conducted through MLCSU's e-sourcing portal There will also be a further call for competition using the relevant advertising media.
However, it is not a mandatory requirement for interested providers to submit a response to the Expression of Interest to be considered for any future opportunities.

More information



Additional text

This procurement is for Social and other specific services which are Light Touch Regime services for the purpose of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 as specified in Schedule 3 of the Regulations ('Regulations')
Accordingly, the Contracting Authority is only bound by those parts of the Regulations detailed in Chapter 3 Particular Procurement Regimes Section 7
The Contracting Authority is not voluntarily following any other part of the Regulations.
The procedure which the Contracting Authority is following is set out in the procurement documents.
As the CCG is a relevant body for the purpose of the National Health Service (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) (No 2) Regulations 2013 these Regulations also apply to this procurement.
Right to Cancel: The Contracting Authority reserves the right to discontinue the procurement process at any time, which shall include the right not to award a contract or contracts, and does not bind itself to accept the lowest tender, or any tender received, and reserves the right to award a contract in part, or to call for new tenders should it consider this necessary.
The Contracting Authority shall not be liable for any costs or expenses incurred by any candidate or tenderer in connection with the completion and return of the information requested in this Contract Notice, or in the completion or submission of any tender, irrespective of the outcome of the competition or if the competition is cancelled or postponed.
All dates, time periods and values specified in this notice are provisional and the Contracting Authority reserves the right to change these.
Transparency: The Contracting Authority is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) and may be required to disclose information received in the course of this procurement under FOIA or the EIR.
In addition, and in accordance with the UK Government's policies on transparency, the contracting authority intends to publish procurement documentation and the text of any resulting contractual arrangements, subject to possible redactions at the discretion of the Contracting Authority.
Any redactions, whether in relation to information requests under FOIA, the EIR or policies on transparency will be in accordance with those grounds prescribed under the Freedom of Information Act. If and when this requirement is offered to tender, this will be done via electronic means using the internet. Midlands and Lancashire CSU is conducting this procurement exercise as a central purchasing body for another NHS body with whom the successful bidder(s) will enter into contracts for the supply of the services.
Any other public-sector body detailed within this notice, wishing to access the contract may do so only with permission fro

About the buyer

Contact name

Helen Graham


c/o NHS Halton CCG, No 1 Lakeside
920 Centre Park


Closing date: 3 November 2020