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Integrated Alcohol and Drug Behaviour Change Service.

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Norfolk County Council
County Hall, Martineau Lane
For the attention of: Sarah Hardy
NR1 2DH Norwich
United Kingdom

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity
General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Integrated Alcohol and Drug Behaviour Change Service.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 25: Health and social services

NUTS code UKH13

II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
Norfolk County Council wishes to procure an integrated alcohol and drug behaviour change service, which includes treatment, recovery and builds community resilience for Norfolk adults aged 18 + years. The new service will be recovery focused, delivering a shift towards prevention and early interventions, demonstrates innovation and implements evidence based good practice to deliver the best possible outcomes for individuals and their families. There will be a sharp focus on reducing associated harms caused to children.
The new service will be responsible for delivery of a comprehensive and dynamic range of services, to address the alcohol and drug related needs of adults and the consequent impact on their families and wider communities in Norfolk. This will include a flexible range of programmes and interventions across all modalities in each locality.
The new service will be a fundamental partner to improve the health and wellbeing of Norfolk residents. It will build on current provision:
- Align service within NCC strategic priorities: social care, dementia, criminal justice, children services and learning disabilities.
- Work towards community based recovery.
- Ensuring the right support is available for people with complex needs i.e. older adults and those with long term conditions, poor mental health, experiencing domestic abuse or those engaged in sex work.
- Offering greater integration across the local authority and wider partners
- Responding proactively to emerging issues such as exploitation and safeguarding
- Integrate with wider lifestyle behaviour changes including stop smoking, weight management, physical activity, mental and physical wellbeing.
The new service must show how a truly integrated assessment, treatment and asset based community recovery service will be delivered to meet the requirements and outcomes of the service in Norfolk, paying attention to the need to deliver equitable access, quality and outcomes in all the communities. It needs to show an increased focus on alcohol and brief interventions.
The recovery outcomes will be realised by the achievement of the following:
- A reduction in crime and reoffending
- Sustained education, training and volunteering activity leading to employment
- The ability to access and sustain suitable accommodation
- Improved relationships with family members, partners and friends
- A reduction in harm caused by misusing parents/carers on children and young people
- Improving the chances for children and young people to reach their potential through better engagement in education
- Increase of safeguarding for vulnerable children, young people and adults.
- Freedom from dependence on alcohol and drugs where possible
- Prevention of drug related deaths and infection by blood borne viruses
- Improvement in mental and physical wellbeing
Priority Groups:
- Older people 50+
- Pregnant women and people with parenting responsibility
- Individuals with co-existing mental health issues and drug/alcohol problems
- Individuals who are injecting
- Those who are homeless, in inappropriate accommodation or at risk of eviction
- Sex workers
- Individuals who have not previously accessed treatment
- Individuals who are also offending
- Those with complex needs
- Those in transition from young people's to adult services (19-25 years old)
- Those experiencing domestic abuse (including close partner violence).
The following services are out of scope:
- Young people's services
- Prison services
The contract length for this procurement is likely to be 5 years with a possible 5 year extension, but the Council has not yet made a final decision.
The budget below (based on 10 year contact length) is indicative only at this stage.
Estimated cost excluding VAT:
Range: between 60 000 000 and 65 000 000 GBP


This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

85000000, 85140000, 85100000, 85312300

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
Further to Paragraph 3 of the Best Value Statutory Guidance issued by the Secretary of State for Local Government in September 2011, the Council is holding a Concept Viability event to explore the plans for the delivery of this service prior to a contract notice being issued and applications being invited. The event will be held on 30th March in Norwich. The event will inform providers of our intentions and what we hope to achieve and to ascertain potential providers views. Places will be limited to 3 people per organisation (to be limited to 2 if numbers become unmanageable). If you are interested in this opportunity you are advised to attend.

To express an interest and apply to attend, applicants must first be registered on the procurement system at Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at Once registered you will be able to view the project under the tenders section and express an interest. To book a place please use the correspondence facility on In-tend and provide your organisation's name and the names, e-mail addresses and contact telephone numbers of the people who will be attending. Please quote NCCT41343 Concept Event in the subject line of your correspondence. If you encounter any difficulties whilst using the system you can contact the support team by phoning +44 8442728810 or e-mailing

If you are unable to attend the event but wish to receive the presentation slide pack, please ensure you express an interest in this project and state that you would like to receive the information.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: