{meta} Decision - Request for Approval - Exception to Contractual Standing Orders - GM Sexual Health Improvement Programme - Helen Dugdale

Decision details

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Salford City Council - Record of Decision


I Paul Dennett, City Mayor, in exercise of the powers contained within the Council Constitution do hereby approve an exception to Contractual Standing Orders as permitted within the City Council Constitution for the reason(s) highlighted in the table below and the award of the Contract for the Greater Manchester Sexual Health Improvement Programmeas detailed in the table below:


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Title/Description of Contracted Service/Supply/Project

Greater Manchester Sexual Health Improvement Programme

Name of Successful Contractor

BHA for Equality

Supplier Registration Number

(to be supplied by Corporate Procurement)


Type of organisation

(to be supplied by Corporate Procurement)

Registered Charity

Status of Organisation

(to be supplied by Corporate Procurement)


Contract Value (£)

£138,000 Salford CC (total GM LA budget £900,981 per annum + approx. £115,000 HIVE GM H&SCP budget for 2021-22)

Contract Duration

24 months

Contract Start Date


Contract End Date


Optional Extension Period 1

Optional Extension Period 2

Who will approve each Extension Period?

Choose an item.

Contact Officer (Name & number)

Helen Dugdale 0161 793 3543

Lead Service Group

Public Health

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

Tick if it applies

Reason for CSO Exception: The execution of works or the supply of goods or services is controlled by a statutory body

Tick if it applies

Reason for CSO Exception: Delivers Best Value to the Council

Tick if it applies

Reason for CSO Exception: 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

Tick if it applies

Reason for CSO Exception: 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

Tick if it applies

Reason for CSO Exception: Security works where the publication of documents or details in the tendering process could prejudice the security of SCC and Salford residents

Tick if it applies

Reason for CSO Exception: 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.

Tick if it applies

Funding Source

Choose an item.

Ethical Contractor (EC): Mayor’s Employment Charter


EC: Committed to sign up to the Charter

EC: Accredited Living Wage Employer


The reasons are

1, A review was undertaken and concludes that PaSH is a unique provider of the services required across GM and there are no alternative providers with the knowledge and skills to deliver the services, hence no alternative routes to the market. 

2, Given there are no alternative providers, going out to tender would be a costly and time-consuming exercise resulting in the same provider continuing to provide the service going forward.

3, The GM STIs rates are increasing especially Gonorrhoea and Syphilis and targeted work is needed with communities to reduce rates.

4, The programme aligns to all Greater Manchester Boroughs and GM H&SCP Commissioning intentions and all are more than satisfied with the current provision.


Options considered and rejected were

Not continuing with the programme.

Going out to tender.

Assessment of risk

The risks of not providing the GM SHIP programme include:

1, An increase in the number of people with STI’s and HIV and the associated harms to health, testing and treatment costs and for HIV lifetime costs. Many of these costs fall to SCC.

2, Without this programme there would little support for people who are HIV positive. This support is wide ranging and includes encouraging medication adherence which makes HIV non transmissible, so it can’t be passed on to others.

3, Fewer people who are at a high risk of acquiring HIV will be aware of and taking Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), which prevents HIV transmission, putting them at risk of becoming HIV positive and passing it on to others.


The source of funding is

The Adults Integrated Fund via the Public Health Programme. 


Legal advice obtained


Financial advice obtained


Procurement advice obtained


HR advice obtained



Climate change implications obtained



Documents used

The following documents have been used to assist the decision process.

Delegated Decision Notice. September 2020 for GM SHIP 12-month extension.

Salford Locality plan 2020-25.


Contact details

Contact Officer:  Helen Dugdale

Telephone number: 0161 793 3543


·       This matter is also subject to consideration by the Lead Member for Adults Services, Health and Wellbeing

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

·       The appropriate Scrutiny Committee to call-in the decision is the Health and Social Care Scrutiny Panel.


Signed:    PAUL DENNETT          Dated:   24th November 2021.

                    City Mayor


*         This decision was published on 24th November 2021

*         This decision will come in force at 4.00 p.m. on 1st December unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules.


Publication date: 24/11/2021

Date of decision: 24/11/2021

Decided at meeting: 24/11/2021 - Procurement Board

Effective from: 02/12/2021

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