The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is seeking a supplier to carry out Health and Disability Assessment Services. Suppliers will be invited to bid for a single national contract.
It is anticipated that the contract will be awarded between September 2014 and the end of 2014. Following commencement of the contract there shall be an implementation period which will last up to 6 months. This will be followed by an operational service delivery period which is anticipated to run for an initial three years (36 months) from the point at which any delivery commences by the new supplier.
The total initial contract duration is therefore a maximum of 42 months with the further option for the Authority to exercise an extension of two periods of up to one year each.
Delivery of the assessments may involve, but will not be restricted to:
•the consideration of an individual’s circumstances, their health and disability and the impact of these;
•assessing individuals against criteria prescribed by DWP; or the gathering and consideration of evidence to support the above;
•the completion of an assessment report on the individual’s circumstances, including advice to DWP – for example, to support DWP staff in determining claimant entitlement
•the referral of assessment reports to DWP;
•follow up liaison with DWP in relation to assessment reports;
•access to relevant health professional expertise as required; and
•auditing of the quality of assessments, reporting to DWP on this and assisting DWP and its contractors in follow-up activity to examine quality.