Start date: Monday 30 July 2018
Value: £15,000
Company size: SME
Leicestershire County Council and the Local Government Association (Budget Holder)

A discovery phase to understand how to improve the front-door for non-medical interventions

4 Incomplete applications

3 SME, 1 large

12 Completed applications

11 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Tuesday 12 June 2018
Deadline for asking questions
Tuesday 19 June 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 26 June 2018 at 11:59pm GMT


Summary of the work
Assistance to Leicestershire for completion of a discovery on improving support and assistance for people with non-medical interventions (through a train-the-trainer approach).
Latest start date
Monday 30 July 2018
Expected contract length
4 months
East Midlands
Organisation the work is for
Leicestershire County Council and the Local Government Association (Budget Holder)
Budget range
Up to £15,000 excluding VAT. This should include all travel and other associated expenses.

About the work

Why the work is being done
The LGA is working with 13 areas as part of a Prevention at Scale (PAS) programme. Leicestershire’s focus is on offering people non-medical interventions in primary care because this can divert attention from others in greatest need. They wish to identify opportunities to strengthen the approach to awareness of non-medical interventions starting by understanding user needs.

We are looking for an organisation to work with Leicestershire on completion of a discovery to understand the needs of people who access primary care for non-medical reasons. This organisation will support local staff in gaining skills to carry out a successful discovery.
Problem to be solved
An estimated 30% of people who access primary care do so for non-medical reasons. Leicestershire believes there are opportunities for people to access support through other routes such as improved signposting (such as through First Contact Plus – the Information and Advice Service). This may include digital and/or non-digital solutions.

As part of this discovery Leicestershire would like to develop a better picture of the types of people who access primary care for non-medical purposes through service design methodology (e.g. use of personas and customer journey mapping).

The approach required is to build capacity by working alongside local staff.
Who the users are and what they need to do
As a council, we want to help people find the right kind of help first time, decongesting primary care, reducing hospital admission and need for social and community healthcare services.

As a GP or primary care professional, I want to be able to offer help to people without a defined medical need who may need assistance to deal with common problems such as stress, anxiety, and loneliness, and with complex social issues.

As a customer and service user, I want to find and receive advice that is relevant to me and will help in managing my own care and support.
Early market engagement
As part of the Prevention at Scale Programme the LGA, Public Health England and Design Council facilitated a series of workshops over two days to support the 13 local areas in developing their approach to tackling their prevention challenge. This request for support has arisen from that workshop and subsequent discussions in and with Leicestershire.
Any work that’s already been done
In order to prepare for the discovery, Leicestershire County Council have:

• Engaged with a series of GP Practices to gain their support for a discovery;
• Begun to identify patients who would be interviewed as part of the research for the discovery;
• Begun to identify a series of critical questions that would like to be answered during the discovery;
• Engaged with colleagues both internal to (i.e. research team, First Contact Plus) and external to (i.e. primary care) as part of the discovery
• Ensured senior stakeholder commitment including Director of Public Health
Existing team
The external organisation providing support will be expected to work with:

• Prevention at Scale Project Manager (x1)
• Research Team at Leicestershire County Council (x7 staff)
• Identified GP Practices (GPs and Practice Managers) for the focus of the discovery (x4)
• Director of Public Health at Leicestershire County Council
• LGA Prevention at Scale Support Manager (x1) and associated staff

The discovery at this stage is working on the basis of up to 20 interviews with patients and 8 interviews with GPs / Practice Managers.
Current phase
Not started

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
4 local areas and primary care teams across Leicestershire
Working arrangements
We would like the external organisation to work alongside Leicestershire Council on the discovery. We anticipate the following provision of support:

- 2 x on-site training sessions to staff in Leicestershire on service design (on carrying out a discovery and conducting user-led research)
- Assistance with user-led research (including interviews with GP Practices and Patients)
- Assistance in developing appropriate outputs from research (i.e. personas and customer journey maps)
- Assistance in delivering a ‘show and tell’ in Leicestershire with partners

We anticipate a maximum of 15 days for the work (predominantly on-site in Leicestershire) for an 8-10 week discovery
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Additional information

Additional terms and conditions

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • Recent and demonstrable experience in conducting the Discovery phase of projects that adopt a series of methodologies (including user personas and customer journey mapping)
  • Recent and demonstrable experience in applying the principles of user-led research to projects
  • Evidence of being able to provide training and support to organisations in service design
  • Evidence of being able to work in an agile way and to short timescales
  • Recent experience of working in a health and care context (i.e. councils, GPs or other NHS or adult social care organisations)
  • Recent experience of both engaging with and presenting to a variety of stakeholders at all variety of levels including senior officers
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Recent experience of designing both digital and non-digital solutions that are user-led
  • Recent experience of working with multi-disciplinary teams from a variety of organisations
  • Experience of working with preventative based services / social prescribing

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many suppliers to evaluate
Proposal criteria
  • Clarity of approach and methodology including understanding of user needs
  • Experience from a similar project
  • Individual / team structure including capacity, skills and expertise
  • Identified risks and dependencies and approaches to manage them
  • Proposed timescales for the work (including availability to commence work)
  • Overall price for the work
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work and present as a team with the organisation and other partner organisation
  • Transparency and collaboration
  • Sharing of knowledge, skills and expertise with local organisations
Payment approach
Capped time and materials
Assessment methods
Written proposal
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




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