Proposed Tender Details
The Department is planning to establish a Specialist Allied Health Services to Schools - Prequalification Scheme. The Scheme will comprise a panel of pre-qualified external providers and is intended to support NSW government schools across the state to meet their legal obligations to students with disability by facilitating quick and easy access to specialist allied health services where needed to enable school access, attendance and participation.
The Scheme will initially be open for suppliers to pre-qualify to provide a range of behaviour and therapeutic support serivces such as;
- Completing therapeutic, behaviour, risk or environmental assessments
- Developing specialist therapeutic or behaviour support plans, in collaboration with school staff, parents, carers and other service providers (e.g. a student’s NDIS-funded provider or treating health team)
- Implementing and delivering training to school staff to appropriately support students, such as positive behaviour support strategies or other strategies to support a student’s learning, safety and wellbeing at school
Relevant disciplines include occupational therapy, speech pathology, physiotherapy and specialist behaviour support.
Additional Details / Instructions
Pre-qualified providers will be appointed to the Scheme under the NSW Human Services framework. There is no funding directly allocated to this scheme. Schools will use the scheme to select their preferred suppliers and will be responsible for funding and managing their own engagements.
NSW Public Schools have 70% of the Education budget and are in the best position to determine the programs to deliver focussed support to students with disability so that they can access, attend and participate at school. Schools will be able to use their School Budget Allocation to engage a provider/s to supplement and build on existing school programs and enhance their capacity to target support where required based on school community needs.
The aim of the Scheme is to establish a framework for engagement under the NSW Human Services framework to reduce red tape for providers and simplify the engagement process for schools.
Key benefits of establishing the Scheme include:
- Quicker timeframes to procure providers as schools will be able to choose from the list of pre-approved providers.
- Reduced administrative workload for schools, providers and the department and a transparent process through the use of Standard contracts across all providers.
- Centrally managed provider compliance and capability assessment
- Ability to identify and track performance of provider programs.
- Better understand schools' need for specialist allied health services for students with disability
Further details on the NSW Human Services Agreement can be found at: https://www.procurepoint.nsw.gov.au/contracts/cscm2691
It is anticipated that the Expression of Interest for pre-qualification will be released on Thursday 29 August 2019 and be open for applications until Thursday 26 September 2019. Documents to complete the pre-qualification process and final submission dates will be made available from the eTenders website when the EOI is released.