Like a young child writing to Santa, I don’t quite know where to begin with my wish list of all the things I’d like to know from NOMS before the Transforming Rehabilitation procurement process starts in earnest.
I’m sure that most probation staff would want to know whether they will be going to the National Probation Service or the Community Rehabilitation Companies and whether they have any say in the process.
But, to focus on the procurement process:
Perhaps the obvious first request is to know when the PQQ process is going to start and end?
And will it be the rumoured “light touch” process to ensure that most new entrants, including probation mutuals, will have a good chance of getting through?
Or will it be the (also rumoured) more rigorous process which will give the NOMS procurement team a better chance of managing the tendering process (alongside the numerous others they will have going on at the same time)?
While we’re talking about such basic matters, it would be really helpful to know the percentage split between the new National Probation Service and the Community Rehabilitation Companies.
Most people seem to think it’s now going to be 60/40 rather than 70/30 – which I guess makes it 50/50 for London once you take out the existing contract with Serco to run Community Payback.
There’s also the minor issue of what the payment mechanism will be – the balance between Fee for Service & PbR etc. The second version of Straw Man is still awaited.
It would also be really helpful if NOMS could give definitive answers to the following questions/rumours:
- How many CPAs will prime providers be allowed to bid for?
- And win?
- Will the caps on the number of CPAs be based on volume, price or number of areas?
- How will NOMS reconcile multi-area bids and possible price discounts with 21 separate procurement competitions?
- Will offenders who move risk category from high to low or vice versa stay with their existing provider (NPS or CRC) or transfer to “the other side”?
- Will all sex offenders, irrespective of risk, be managed by the NPS?
- Will sex offender treatment programmes be commissioned and/or delivered by the NPS?
I could go on – but my mum says Santa doesn’t like you to ask for too many presents.
Let me know what you would like to know about Transforming Rehabilitation in the comments section below.