The Newcastle Partnership would like to re-commission an experienced, reputable specialist third sector partner to deliver a dedicated outreach service working closely with individuals across the Borough who have complex needs including substance misuse & mental health issues.
In Newcastle-under-Lyme both substance misuse and mental health are prevalent issues which seriously impact upon the lives of individuals and their families.
Substance Misuse is a significant health concern in Newcastle-under-Lyme; rates of hospital admissions for conditions including alcohol amongst 40-64 year olds are significantly higher than the national average. Trend data shows that this has been the case for at least the previous 10 years, and has continued to get worse. Those individuals who misuse substances are a particularly vulnerable group, and as well as facing significant health, housing and employment challenges, they often also experience Domestic Abuse. Children in families where drug use is prevalent are often at significantly increased need of safeguarding and support.
Mental Health is a cross-cutting theme, with links to a range of other vulnerabilities. Many of those with mental health needs appear in other high-risk cohorts; including those who are drug and alcohol dependent. Estimates from Public Health England suggest that the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme has an average rate for adults with common mental health disorders (16.6%), and an average for adults aged 65 and over (10.4%) – both of these rates are statistically similar to the national average.
The service will be expected to commence on 1st April 2020 for an initial 12 month period and the available budget is £40,000 – £45,000.
If you believe that your organisation has the appropriate skills and experience to run this service, please complete a Newcastle Partnership application form (Appendix A) with the accompanying Equality and Risk Assessment form (Appendix B) and return them via Supplier Contract Management System (www.mytenders.co.uk) by 5pm on 3rd March 2020. Further details relating to the service are also attached.
Questions of clarification should be submitted to via the Supplier Contract Management System (www.mytenders.co.uk) for the attention of Trevor Smith, Partnerships Interventions Officer.
For all details, please see the attachments.