Market Engagement: Mental Health Safe Haven/Crisis Café in Reading – closing date 6 November 2020

Primary interest
Victims of crime

Berkshire West CCG is looking to expand services in Reading for people experiencing a mental health crisis. With services expected to start in Summer 2021 from provider premises in Reading, the CCG is considering awarding a 3 year, plus 1 year optional extension, contract worth circa £160K per annum.

The CCG is considering this provision in order to improve access and reduce the number of people in mental health crisis attending the A&E department at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Additional benefits are likely to be reduced use of Police resources to support people in crisis and the improvement of mental health services as detailed in the NHS Long Term Plan (December 2018).

The main aim of this service is to offer a safe space for those in mental health crisis to alleviate emotional and psychological distress in a community setting.

The CCG is currently carrying out a market engagement exercise and does not commit that a procurement will follow. Engagement at this stage will not provide an advantage for any subsequent procurement but does give organisations an opportunity to shape the requirement and any subsequent procurement. This procurement is being carried out by the South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit (SCW) on behalf of the Commissioners.

Take part in the market engagement exercise

The CCG is keen to hear from organisations who may be interested in providing this service and  ask that a fact-finding questionnaire is completed and returned to akilham@nhs.net by noon on 6 November 2020. Following a review of responses, it is currently envisaged that a Market Engagement event will be held virtually in mid-November for interested parties.

To read more, including a draft specification providing further details of the service envisaged, and to download the fact-finding questionnaire, go to the Government’s Contract Finder website here.