Issue - decisions

Contract Award School Health (School Nursing) Service

29/01/2024 - Contract Award School Health (School Nursing) Service

Summary of Decision

The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health and Voluntary Sector has approved the contract award for the delivery of School Health (School Nursing) Services to Central & North West London (NHS Foundation Trust).

The total sum is for £5,924,800 (£7,109,760 including VAT*) for the period February 2024 to January 2027, with the option to extend for an additional period of 2 years at an additional cost of £4,288,029 (£5,145,634 including VAT*).

The full contract term is for 5 years (3+2) at a total contract value of £10,212,829 (£12,255,394 including VAT*).

*To note that VAT is for reference only and is not payable for this service.


Reasons for Decision

The current contract is delivered by Central and North West London NHS Trust (CNWL) and has been in place since 1 April 2017.

The original award was for a period of five years which expired 31 August 2022. A further direct award was granted for 12 months, to align with the end of the academic year, that expired on 31 August 2023. This direct award was endorsed by the Commercial Gateway Review Board (CGRB).

The current service is currently operating out of contract as there is no agreed scope for a further extension or variation.  As this is a statutory service, there can be no gap in delivery and consequently the service has been operating at risk whilst the re-tendering process took place.  There are no issues or concerns with the performance or service delivery of the current service. Risks associated with being out of contract are being mitigated by continual performance monitoring, in line with the original contract, and by expediting the execution of the new contract as a matter of urgency.