The six-week procurement process has now started for the new centre, which will be an alternative to A&E for mental health patients and it is hoped the new contract can be awarded in the autumn.
The new mental health service, which will be a similar service to The Sanctuary which is based in Bristol, is part of The Healthy Weston programme which aims to provide more proactive, person-centred services to support vulnerable people experiencing emotional distress or a mental health crisis.
The details are available here https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/590991fa-28c9-4abc-b096-39831f20ff47
Healthwatch North Somerset has worked alongside other organisations to help develop the model for the crisis and recovery centre. These include service users, carers and voluntary sector groups. Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership, the council, ambulance service and Avon & Somerset police have also been involved.
This development process included a workshop in March this year where the Clarity North Somerset Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN) facilitated an open invitation event in partnership with the CCG to gather input from a range of local people with life experience of mental illness.
A You Said, We Did document gives the details of how BNSSG responded to the issues raised during the workshop by making changes to the service specification. This means that any providers bidding for the service contract will need to demonstrate clearly how they intend to fulfil certain requirements.