Decision details

Integrated Sexual Health Service Berkshire East

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To approve the decision to award the contract for the Integrated Sexual Health Service Berkshire East



      i.        that a contract for the Integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health Service and the Specialist Outreach Nursing Service, commencing on 1July 2019, is awarded to Tenderer B.


     ii.        the Specialist Outreach Nursing Service for Bracknell Forest is extended until 30 June 2019 (for three months) to enable alignment of the two services.

Reasons for the decision:

1.    The commissioning of sexual health services is a mandated public health responsibility for local authorities. These services contribute significantly to the overall health and wellbeing of the local population.


2.    A sexual health outreach nursing service offers greater control to those most at risk of becoming pregnant and having a child taken into care or other adverse outcomes. Bracknell Forest is the only authority to be commissioning this service in East Berkshire. The decision was made that Bracknell Forest would also award a contract for the provision of a specialist outreach nursing service from the successful tenderer for the main sexual health service contract. This was to ensure an integrated clinical pathway between both services.

Alternative options considered:

Not commission a sexual health service. This option would be in breach of the statutory regulations on public health as well as lead to the Council incurring significant “out of area” costs for sexual health treatment.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Financial Impact: Within existing budget

Declarations: None

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No

Making Representations: In writing to the Executive Director: People

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Marketplace event with interested parties


Consultant in Public Health, Berkshire Shared Team
Business Manager, Berkshire Shared Team
Director of Adult Social Care, Health & Housing, Bracknell Forest Council
Head of Procurement, Bracknell Forest Council
Borough Solicitor, Bracknell Forest Council

Contact: Dr Lisa McNally, Strategic Director of Public Health Email: Tel: 01344 355214.

Report author: Dr Lisa McNally

Publication date: 18/12/2018

Date of decision: 18/12/2018

Decided at meeting: 18/12/2018 - Executive

Effective from: 28/12/2018

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