Decision Maker: Director: Communities & Public Health
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
At a Cabinet meeting on 04/02/2020 Authority
was delegated to the Executive Director for People in consultation
with the Cabinet Member for Public Health to take all steps
necessary to procure and award contracts for domestic and sexual
A recent Health Needs Assessment undertaken by Lime Culture on behalf of NHS England, along with work with both commissioners and providers by the Commissioning Academy, identified that therapeutic sexual violence services are currently fragmented by numerous funding and delivery streams, placing a burden on providers in terms of multiple reporting and contractual arrangements. Ultimately, service users were experiencing difficulties accessing services in a timely way. There is a need for commissioning to be more joined up and for the pathway to be more integrated.
In response to the online consultation on the Bristol City Council Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Commissioning Strategy in December 2021- January 2022 83% of the 189 respondents said that they agreed or strongly agreed with the proposal to jointly commission sexual violence services.
For Bristol City Council’s
recommissioning of therapeutic sexual violence services to take
place as part of a wider joint tendering and procurement process
led by NHS England and with the BNSSG Integrated Care Board,
Somerset Integrated Care Board and the Office of the Police and
Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset.
Bristol City Council could continue to
commission the current services independently however this would
mean that the system would continue to be fragmented and a greater
burden would be placed on providers.
Publication date: 25/07/2022
Date of decision: 21/07/2022