Mental Health Commissioning Leadership Programme – invitation to tender

Mental Health Commissioning Leadership ProgrammeNHS England wishes to commission a Mental Health Leadership Programme for Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) General Practitioner leads for mental health in England, for delivery in 2014-15.

Through the South West CSU Procurement Team NHS England is inviting Expressions of Interest (EoI) from suitably qualified providers with the necessary capacity and capability (or a demonstrable ability to provide the necessary capacity and capability within the requisite timescale to deliver the programme.

Further information


The programme has as its focus the experience of living with mental health problems; and evidence-based standards, practice, and models of care delivered by clinical experts.

Using an action learning approach, the Programme will cover:

  • needs assessment
  • system redesign
  • exemplar specifications, and
  • the use of levers and mechanisms to drive improvement, culminating in the completion of local commissioning projects.

Tenders may be submitted for one or more of the following lots / geographical areas:

  • North of England – GBP £293,800.00
  • Midlands and East of England – GBP £323,200.00
  • South of England – GBP £237,000.00

The provider(s) should be able to demonstrate evidence that they are able to deliver the following outcomes:

  • strong engagement with Clinical Commissioning Group mental health GP commissioning leads;
  • for participants, personal leadership development to deliver individuals’ roles in the short and medium term;
  • creating leaders who are well-informed about new policies, support tools, innovations and best practice that supports need to support the commissioning role;
  • developing mental health intelligence literacy to support evidence-based care pathway commissioning, manage performance (quality, safety, effectiveness an finance) of services with confidence, and improve Joint Strategic Needs Assessments;
  • supporting improvements in the provision, quality and return on investment (ROI) of evidence based-interventions and commissioning of services to meet the needs of local populations;
  • participants’ competency in using outcome tools and related outcome measures and indicators;
  • real progress in the integration of physical and mental health;
  • improving workforce planning and new models of training and dissemination of skills;
  • increasing compliance with value-based, person-centred care pathway commissioning and provision;
  • strengthened clinical leadership within primary care for mental health;
  • raised understanding of mental health policies and the new NHS system and how to access resources for the benefit of mental health care, from primary prevention through to specialist services;
  • increased knowledge about using mental health to inform the work of Clinical Commissioning Groups, development of local Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and information transparency
  • improved local workforce planning for primary care mental health and specialist mental health services.

It is expected that the programme’s delivery should be characterised by:

  • a values-based approach:
  • holding the experience of people using services, and their carers/families at the heart of individual and group learning and development;
  • contributions from people with lived experience, practitioners and clinicians;
  • ensuring that diversity and equalities are reflected in all aspects of the programme;
  • individual assessments of learning and development needs, building on previous learning and development opportunities;
  • promoting and providing practical applications of knowledge and skills
  • a reflective practice approach
  • use of social media to support learning, for example via the knowledge portal
  • a modular approach, including an intensive residential component covering key topics, the epidemiology of conditions and implications; NICE-concordant treatment options and positive practice; defining ‘good outcomes’; using real-time case studies of commissioning and delivery solutions; learning from the lived experience of others and with honest appraisal of what has not worked
  • completion of a project or assignment to tackle a local service commissioning or delivery issue, completing it with the support of the programme team and follow participants.

The closing date for submitting an Expression of Interest via the e-Procurement System Tactica portal is midday 14th November 2013