{meta} Agenda item - An approval for an Exception to Contractual Standing Orders to award a contract for Commissioning of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) medication to prevent transmission of HIV for high risk populations (Muna Abdel Aziz/ Helen Dugdale)

Agenda item


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:


·      Commissioning of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) medication to prevent transmission of HIV for high-risk populations.

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Title/Description of Contracted Service/Supply/Project

Commissioning of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) medication to prevent transmission of HIV for high risk populations

Name of Successful Contractor

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Supplier Registration Number

(to be supplied by Corporate Procurement)


Type of organisation

(to be supplied by Corporate Procurement)


Status of Organisation

(to be supplied by Corporate Procurement)


Contract Value



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)

Helen Dugdale 0161 793 3543

Lead Service Group

Public Health

How the contract was procured?

(to be supplied by procurement)

Contract insertion existing provider

Framework Details (where applicable)

(procurement body, framework reference & title, start/ end date


Funding Source

External Funding Source (please identify below)

Ethical Contractor

Mayor’s Employment Charter

Committed to sign up to the Charter


Accredited Living Wage Employer


The Reasons are:


The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) provides PrEP funding to Local Authorities, via the Public Health Grant. Salford is the lead Commissioner for Salford and Bolton Sexual Health Services.


PrEP needs to be provided for Salford residents and DHSC guidance has stipulated this is through a Level 3 sexual health service provider. Bolton NHS Foundation Trust (BFT) is the local Level 3 provider for Salford and Bolton local Authorities. BFT delivered the PrEP IMPACT Trial, which ended in October 2020, so are experienced in provision. This arrangement allows current service users to have continuity of service.


Currently PrEP is delivered within the local authority commissioned specialist (level 3) sexual health service by BFT. Commissioning BFT represents the best value way to provide this as they are the Salford Level 3 service and it is considered to be in the council’s best interests. 


NB A level 3 SHS is required because they can provide clinical governance, patient confidentiality, information governance, safeguarding, workforce training, medicines management etc.


Options considered and rejected were: N/A


Assessment of Risk: Low risk


The source of funding is:

Department of Health and Social Care via the Public Health grant.


Legal Advice obtained


Financial Advice obtained


Procurement Advice obtained


HR Advice obtained: N/A


Climate Change Implications obtained


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

·      PrEP Local Authority National Service Specification insert.

·      NHS England Provider contract to pay for the medication only part of the treatment.


Contact Officer:                    Helen Dugdale

Telephone number:             0161 793 3543


This matter is also subject to consider by the Lead Member for Lead Member for Adult Services, Health and Wellbeing.


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


This document records a key decision but the matter was not included in the Council’s Forward Plan and it has been dealt with under the emergency procedure.


Signed:       Bill Hinds                   Dated:         11 May 2022            .

                    Lead Member




*           This decision was published on 12 May 2022

*           This decision will come in force at 4.00 p.m. on 19 May 2022, unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules.


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