Learning Disabilities Service in Berkshire West – CCG seeks expressions of interest by 9 April 2021

Berkshire West CCG is inviting expressions of interest to provide a service that works with people with learning disabilities to improve their health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities.

The CCG is seeking experienced providers that can deliver a service to engage and encourage people with learning disabilities aged 14 and upwards to participate in their Annual Health Checks and activities that promote wellbeing.

The CCG has £24,423 annually for 3 years to fund a service from the voluntary and community sector to deliver holistic and person centred service for people with learning disabilities and their family carers. The main aim will be to support people with a learning disability to lead more enriched and fulfilling lives through activities that promote health and wellbeing to avoid crisis and hospital admissions.

As a minimum the CCG will be looking for a provider to:
  • Promote and provide wellness courses across Berkshire West local authority areas to increase uptake of annual health checks and develop peoples skills to improve their own health and wellbeing
  • Develop skills of people with learning disabilities towards ageing well and improved End of Life experiences
  • Engage family carers and signpost them to appropriate information, advice, education and support services for their wellbeing
  • Promote activities to minimise crisis and signpost to specialist service

Berkshire West CCG’s vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of people with a learning disability through increasing access to information and advice and making reasonable adjustments to support people to live a full, meaningful and healthy lives. The CCG are seeking to partner with organisations that meet the criteria outlined in Part A and B set out below.

Part A

The CCG aims to promote the vision through a voluntary sector organisation that can demonstrate these 7 characteristics:

  • Listening to and amplifying the direct voice of people with a Learning Disability.
  • Empowering and promoting independence, for health and wellbeing.
  • Using local networks and community assets to build resilience.
  • Able to work in partnership with statutory organisations.
  • Putting the voice of the individual at the centre of their care and support.
  • Committed to working to a holistic picture of a person’s life and aspirations.
  • Active listening to support family carers.
Part B

The CCG aims to partner with a voluntary sector organisation that can demonstrate these 4 track record points:

  • Providing an outreach service to people with learning disabilities aged 14 and upwards living in Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham local authority areas.
  • Delivering services that positively engage people with learning disabilities to advocate and promote their health and wellbeing.
  • Empowering people with a learning disability to develop effective, creative solutions for their own health and wellbeing to promote independence and positive experiences of health and social care.
  • Supporting people with a learning disability to age well and provide carer support through end of life.
The CCG will set specific targets and key performance targets though not limited and as a minimum will include the following:
  • Total number of beneficiaries to include their family carers.
  • Numbers participating and engaging in health promotional activities.
  • Case studies to show impacts on people’s lives and lessons for professional practice/planning/service development.
Making an expression of interest
  • If you are interested in partnering with the CCG to deliver this type of service please can you email Sarita Rakhra (Sarita.Rakhra@nhs.net) by April 9 2021.
  • When emailing your expression of interest (EOI) please ensure you outline in your response evidence that demonstrates that your organisation meet the characteristics and track record points as outlined in Parts A and B above.
  • The CCG will review the level of interest from each service provider within a week of the deadline and contact interested parties. CCG decisions on which EOIs to follow up on based on these 3 criteria; that the provider has:
    • Evidence of meeting the characteristics of the organisation we are seeking to partner with, as outlined in Part A.
    • The necessary track record and experience of services targeted at people with learning disabilities as outlined in Part B.
  • This opportunity is a continuation of funding from the CCG as an offer similar to this has been place since April 2018 and that grant arrangement is ending. However we wish to ensure there is both transparency of funding opportunities to all local voluntary sector organisations as well as test to see if there are alternative partners.
Please do not hesitate to contact your local voluntary sector support organisation with queries:
  • For Reading, contact RVA (email advice@rva.org.uk)
  • For Wokingham, contact Involve
  • For West Berkshire, contact Volunteer Centre West Berkshire.
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