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Sefton Cabinet agrees ‘Dynamic Purchasing’ system for residential rehabilitation services

Sefton Council’s Cabinet today approved a Dynamic Purchasing System for commissioning Residential Rehabilitation for drug treatment and recovery.

Service providers will be invited to join the new system which, by fixing prices for similar client groups will cut down the time and cost of placement negotiations. Costing £270,000 for three years from April 2022, the Dynamic Purchasing System will also enable the Council to take advantage of changes in the marketplace which may take place over the coming years.

Completion rate

Sefton Council sees Residential Rehabilitation as an integral part of any drug treatment and recovery system and a vital option for some people requiring treatment for substance dependency. Between June 2019 and March 2021, Sefton saw a completion rate of 78% of placements.

The number of admissions almost doubled, from 34 in 2019/20 to 64 in 2020/21, in line with the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, which is thought to have resulted of behaviour change and greater vulnerabilities during the pandemic. The increased rate was sustained, with 33 placements in the first six months in 2021/22.

Specialist interventions

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “Dependent drug and alcohol users require a range of services and interventions that can include residential rehabilitation, along with specialist clinical and medical programmes and psychosocial interventions.

“Our Integrated Substance Misuse: Assessment, Treatment and Recovery Service provides these users with a care pathway, which starts with community rehabilitation but can require residential rehabilitation. This enables people to make a sustained recovery in a safe and therapeutic setting.

“It is a cost-effective service that delivers results, but it comes at a price.

“Today’s decision has put the Council in a position where we can continue achieving positive results but also, with the Dynamic Purchasing System in place continue commissioning services flexibly, while also taking advantage of potential changes in the marketplace over the coming years.”

Further information

Further information about local services for drug treatment and recovery can be found at www.merseycare.nhs.uk/our-services/south-sefton/ambition or by calling Ambition Bootle on 0151 9445334 or Ambition Southport on 01704 534759.