Advocacy and HealthWatch recommissioning

Advocacy and HealthWatch recommissioning

Information about the recommissioning and review of Advocacy and HealthWatch services.

We're in the process of recommissioning the Advocacy and HealthWatch services which are currently commissioned within Bristol City Council.

These services are across different directorates including Adult Care and Support and the Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).   

Two additional statutory services, Local HealthWatch and NHS Complaints Procedure Advocacy, have been included to make a strategic procurement of our 'family' of advocacy services.

The specific services included in this round of recommissioning are:

  • Local HealthWatch
  • NHS and Social Care & Complaints Procedure Advocacy (IHCCAS)
  • Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA)
  • Independent Care Act Advocacy (ICAA)
  • Care Management Advocacy Project (CMAP)
  • BME Advocacy 
  • Outreach Advocacy
  • In-patient Advocacy

Proposed procurement plans: interim update

We’ll publish a full Consultation Report during December 2018.

The Consultation Report will include: 

  • actions arising from the consultation e.g. proposed approaches to Advocacy and HealthWatch procurement based on feedback
  • a revised timeline for procurement

We would like current and interested providers to know that as a result of the findings we intend to seek waivers for all services until 30 September 2019.

This is likely to postpone the actual procurement until Quarter 1 2019

The role of advocacy services

Advocacy is helping people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need.

Advocates and advocacy providers work in partnership with the people they support and take their side. Advocacy promotes social inclusion, equality and social justice, Advocacy Charter: Revised edition 2014

Review of the Advocacy and HealthWatch services

As part of the recommissioning process we’re reviewing the way Advocacy and HealthWatch services are being provided in the city. 

We want to ensure the services commissioned by Bristol City Council meet the need of the people of Bristol.

The main aims of this review are to: 

  • examine value for money from current services and question how we can get the best health and wellbeing benefit from our investment. 
  • demonstrate our continuing commitment to valuing and developing the provider community, which includes the Voluntary Community and Social enterprise sector, and Small and Medium Enterprises. 
  • consider planning for future needs in regard of market diversity and capacity to ensure adequate future supply of advocacy services.
  • ensure services promote self-advocacy and equality of access, where appropriate.
  • apply the vision and themes of Bristol City Council's three tier model as outlined in the Adult Social Care Market Position Statement and the Adults Strategic Plan 2016-2020

We’ll be working closely with all individuals, groups and organisations that are involved with advocacy and HealthWatch services in Bristol to seek their views on the best options going forward. 

See the proposed Commissioning Plan for recommissioning Advocacy services and give us your views on the proposal

For more details about the review contact: 

Provider engagement events

The consultation period was open until the 17 November 2018.

There were four engagement events on two dates during this consultation period. Two on 9 October and two on 13 November.