{meta} Decision - Request for Approval - Exception to Contractual Standing Orders - Contract Award - Council Funded Targeted CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) and to complete work to integrate CAMHS contracts and children's mental health budgets with

Decision details

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Salford City Council - Record of Decision


I Councillor Hinds, Lead Member for Finance and Support Services and chairman of the Procurement Board, in exercise of the powers contained within the Council Constitution do hereby approve:


(1)  An exception to Contractual Standing Orders in accordance with Paragraph 3.1 as follows:-


·       *Where the council can demonstrate that an integrated or strategic approach to procurement is being implemented and there is a requirement to align services or contracts to co-terminus end dates.


·       *There are value for money reasons justifying an exception.


(2)  The following award:


The contract for Council funded Targeted CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) for a further 12 months from 1st April 2021 to 31st March 2022, and to complete work to integrate CAMHS contracts and children’s mental health budgets  with Salford CCG, as detailed in the table below:


Detail required


Title/Description of Contracted Service/Supply/Project

Targeted CAMHS Services

Name of Successful Contractor


Supplier Registration Number

(to be supplied by Corporate Procurement)

NHS Trust

Type of organisation

(to be supplied by Corporate Procurement)


Status of Organisation

(to be supplied by Corporate Procurement)


Contract Value

£308, 871

Per Annum (estimated average)

Contract Duration

12 Months

Contract Start Date


Contract End Date


Optional Extension Period 1

Optional Extension Period 2

Who will approve each Extension Period?

Procurement Board (extension > £150k)

Contact Officer (Name & number)

Lead Service Group

People Services

Reason for CSO Exception

(select all that apply)

The goods / services / works are only obtainable from one provider and there is no other provider available to allow genuine competition


The execution of works or the supply of goods or services is controlled by a statutory body

Delivers Best Value to the Council


Special education, health or social care contracts, if it is considered in the Council’s best interests and to meet the Council’s obligations under relevant legislation


The execution of works or the supply of goods and services is required so urgently as not to permit compliance with the requirements of competition


Security works where the publication of documents or details in the tendering process could prejudice the security of SCC and Salford residents

Procurements made through, or on behalf of, any consortium, local authority, statutory or similar body, provided that tenders or quotations are invited and contracts placed in accordance with national or EU legislation.

Funding Source

Revenue Budget


Contribution towards Emerge


Youth Offending Service


Contribution towards CAMHS LAC (STARLAC, Fostering and I-Start)





Ethical Contractor

Mayor’s Employment Charter

Committed to sign up to the Charter


Accredited Living Wage Employer


The reasons are

An exception to Contractual Standing Orders is required to approve the award of a contract forCouncil funded Targeted CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) for a further 12 months from 1st April 2021 to 31st March 2022, to complete work to integrate CAMHS contracts and children’s mental health budgets  with Salford CCG.


The plan to integrate all CCG and Council CAMHS contracts into a new / block payment arrangement and proposals made to MFT in late 2019 / early 2020 remains on the table, subject to review and update of contract values and transformation priorities.


Progress on this work has been hindered for a number of key reasons and due to this it is not possible to resume discussions with MFT at the current time. These include:


i)       COVID impacts on NHS funding and payment arrangements – all NHS funded services have shifter to block payments under current command and control arrangements, and there is no scope to change there at the current time.


ii)     GM Integrated Commissioning System (ICS) developments – implications need to be fully understood and inform our integrated commissioning plans, and related contract and budgets for CAMHS and children’s’ mental health. A key known implication of this development is that specialist NHS services such as CAMHS will not be required to go out to competition.


iii)    CAMHS service developments/new services -  various additional services and roles have been developed and commissioned from MFT as an extension to the local CAMHS offer over the past two years, which will need to be incorporated into the proposed contract integration and variation process.


Procurement Board is therefore requested to approve a further exception to contractual standing orders as outlined above in order to complete the contract integration work already started, to update the contract integration proposals and restart negotiations with MFT, with the aim of achieving this by end of March 2022


Options considered and rejected were

De-commissioning targeted CAMHS services – service continuity is critical to ensure continued support for children’s’ mental health, including support for some of our most vulnerable young people.


Assessment of risk

High risks in terms of impacts for young people if services are affected and / or discontinued or put out to competition.


Low risk in terms of financial / legal implications.


The source of funding is

Council Revenue budget – Childrens’ Services CAMHS budget.

The cost of the extension of this contract will need to be met from within the Integrated Fund budget for 2021/22, whilst future contractual arrangements are determined.


Legal advice obtained

Yes, provided by Tony Hatton, shared Legal Service.


Financial advice obtained

Yes, provided by Chris Mee, Strategic Finance Manager, Salford City Council


Procurement advice obtained


Yes, provided by Chris Conway.


HR advice obtained



Climate change implications obtained



Documents used

The relevant documents contain exempt or confidential information and are not available for public inspection.

Contact details

Contact Officer:       Emily Edwards, Senior Integrated Commissioning Manager


Telephone number: 0161 793 2534


·       The Lead Member has been consulted and is supportive of the proposed contract.

·       The relevant Scrutiny Committee to call-in the decision is the Children’s Scrutiny Panel.


Signed:         BILL HINDS            Dated: 21st April 2021

                    Lead Member



*         This decision was published on 22nd April 2021  

*         This decision will come in force at 4.00 p.m. on 29th April unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules.


Publication date: 22/04/2021

Date of decision: 21/04/2021

Decided at meeting: 21/04/2021 - Procurement Board

Effective from: 30/04/2021

Accompanying Documents: