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Local Healthwatch and IHCAS in Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire

Market Engagement Questionnaire


Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Councils are preparing to re-tender their contracts for Local Healthwatch and for the Independent Health Complaints Advocacy Service (IHCAS) in their areas. The new contracts will be effective from 1 April 2023. Both councils wish to engage with potential providers of Local Healthwatch and IHCAS to discuss commissioning models and ideas for the most effective solutions for both areas.

As such we are asking interested organisations to complete and return the Market Engagement Questionnaire by no later than 22 July 2022. Organisations which have returned a completed questionnaire will then be invited to a Microsoft Teams meeting on either 28 July 2022 (afternoon) or 29 July 2022 to discuss further. Completed questionnaires should be returned to either:

  • Julie Edmonds, Commissioning Specialist Older People, Telford & Wrekin Council Julie.Edmonds@telford.gov.uk for organisations interested in delivering Local Healthwatch and IHCAS in Telford & Wrekin or in both council areas
  • Neil Evans, Commissioning Development Manager, Shropshire Council neil.evans@shropshire.gov.uk for organisations interested in delivering Local Healthwatch and IHCAS in Shropshire or in both council areas.


Please note: that this is not the commencement of any formal procurement process and neither of the Councils are committed to carrying out such a process.

For the avoidance of doubt no information provided in response to this process will be used by the Councils in assessing providers during any subsequent procurement process.

This early market engagement exercise is intended to allow potential providers to outline their views and to provide information to the Councils’ decision making process.

The Councils will consider the information received as a result of this exercise to help inform their options appraisals and subsequent Council decision making processes.


The information in this document is solely for the purpose of the early market engagement process and no representation, warranty , or undertaking is given by the Councils as to its accuracy or completeness, and the Councils accept no liability in relation to it.

Arts Therapies Degree (Level 7) Apprenticeship - demand scoping

The Arts Therapies Apprenticeship Standard which covers Art Therapy/Art Psychotherapy, Music Therapy and Dramatherapy professions was approved in 2019.

Unfortunaltley, to date, no Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are offering this apprenticeship. Therefore a Task and Finish Group has been convened to work with employers and HEI’s to generate apprenticeship starts. 

To understand employer demand, you are invited to complete the scoping survey below. We welcome responses from all employers including those who may not yet employ arts therapists. Arts therapists work actively with a wide range of client groups across the age span including mental health, learning disabilities, children and young people. 

This survey will close on the 1 March 2022. The survey will take approximately 4 minutes to complete.

Complete our survey for Arts Therapies Masters Degree (Level 7) Apprenticeship National Demand Scoping

Children's and Families Support Services (CAFSS)

Telford & Wrekin Council have been leading on the development of a new tender for non-accommodation support services for children and families across the West Midlands region. The new framework will be open to a wide range of services who can contribute to keeping families safely together, supporting children to step out of care, step down to fostering, independence, and post adoption support. 

This opportunity is now open and available by visiting the GOV.UK website.

Download the slides and questions and answers from the Provider launch event held 13 January 2022.

View the CAFSS Provider launch event (Thursday 13 January 2022) video:

Supplier relief

Applications for Supplier Relief have now closed

However, if suppliers still feel they will have issues fulfilling their contracts and may still need some flexibility or additional support please contact your Contract Manager to discuss or email procurement@telford.gov.uk.

Assistance required with finding housing for disabled people

Please come and talk to us.

We are looking for people who can assist us with quickly finding suitable accommodation for people with disabilities. Is your house adapted for wheelchair use and are you thinking of selling or renting it? Or do you know someone who might be able to help? If yes, please contact Manny Jhawar-Gill on 01952 380544 or Sue Millward on 01952 384355.

Dynamic Purchasing Systems

The Business Innovation Telford (BiT) team operate 4 Dynamic Purchasing Systems:

  • minor works
  • major works
  • professional consultancy
  • and Minor Works Disabled Facilities Grants.

For more information visit the biT Group website.

Last updated: 26/10/2022 10:08

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