Derby City Council is recommending a joint procurement exercise with South Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (SDCCG) for an emotional health and well-being service provider following a successful ‘Proof of Concept’ trial that has been operating since October 2016.

The successful operator will provide an integrated emotional health and wellbeing service for children in care, leaving care and adopted children in the care of Derby City Council beginning in April 2019.

The services during the trial stage have been delivered by Derby Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust (DTHFT) with 325 referrals accepted by the service over the first 18 month period of the pilot.

Cabinet is seeking to approve a £233,000 contribution and to enter into a Section 75 agreement with SDCCG for the procurement, management and financial contribution of the service. SDCCG are currently seeking confirmation of approval of for their contribution.

Cabinet also notes that it is seeking a provider to provide suitable premises and if this is not possible it may enter into an arrangement to lease premises from the Council’s own property portfolio.

Councillor Evonne Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said:

“The Proof of Concept (pilot) phase of this project has demonstrated really positive outcomes for those involved and we have had good feedback from staff and service users. I’m pleased we are now in a position to work with the SDCCG to find a provider to deliver this very valuable service for children in the care of the council.”