02 February 2012
Community Drug Treatment Services - North Somerset
The following statement is issued on behalf of Avon and
Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and North Somerset
District Council in response to the recent tender exercise.
"Following a tender process, the Council has now appointed
Addaction to provide community drug treatment services in North
Somerset. A legal action brought on behalf of AWP, which raised a
number of complaints about the tender process, has now been settled
on confidential terms enabling the Council to proceed with the
award of the contract to Addaction.
"The contract is divided into two lots: provision of specialist
prescribing and shared care support / administration (lot 1) and
provision of a criminal justice intervention team (CJIT) service,
harm reduction services, day programme and psychosocial
interventions (lot 2). AWP submitted a strong bid for lot 1. AWP
did not bid for lot 2 and, as there was not a strong submission
from any other bidder for lot 2 alone, this heavily impacted on
AWP's prospects of winning the contract. The decision to award a
joint contract for lots 1 and 2 to Addaction is therefore not a
reflection on the service that AWP provides. The Council would like
to thank AWP and its staff for the valued service it has provided
to date. The Council, AWP and Addaction will now be working
together to ensure a smooth handover."