Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMW) can announce today that the Trust has been selected as the provider of drug and alcohol support services in Central Lancashire for the next three years.
The new contract, worth £7m per year for the next three years, was awarded to GMW by the local group of commissioners, and is worth more than the current agreement, demonstrating the excellent quality of the Discover recovery services that the Trust has provided since the initial contract began in 2010.
Following a recent competitive tendering process GMW - which provides integrated mental health, social care and substance misuse services to around 26,000 people across the North West - were selected by commissioners to provide services from 1 October, continuing through to 2016. The Foundation Trust’s proposal was chosen over a number of other bids, showing that the level of care and experience GMW brings with it is both competitive and high quality when providing drug and alcohol support services in the community.
Discover services currently provide drug and alcohol recovery services to around 2,250 service users in Chorley, South Ribble, Preston and West Lancashire, with additional services at Garth, Preston and Wymott prisons. Under the new contract, all community based support services will continue to be provided by GMW. In addition to the services that are provided in the community, there will also be a fully integrated substance misuse service offered through GMW in the three Central Lancashire prisons, complemented by a robust psychosocial programme provided by leading recovery-focused organisation Phoenix Futures, GMW’s main sub-contracted partner.
Bev Humphrey, Chief Executive of GMW, said: “We are extremely proud to be chosen by local commissioners to continue the great work that has already been done in Central Lancashire. The Trust is highly committed to substance misuse services, and has specialists in clinical and therapeutic services providing an excellent level of support to our service users. In this challenging environment it is a great testament to the Trust and its staff to be selected ahead of other organisations.
“We know from the past three years how important the Discover services are to people in these local communities. With the new contract our service users can expect the same level of high-quality support they are already receiving from the Trust, but also look forward to new opportunities and innovative support with Phoenix Futures.”
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