The long awaited publication by the Government of its framework for the Work and Health Programme — Umbrella Agreement for the provision of Employment and Health Related Services (UAEHRS) — has been followed by a period where organisations have been bidding to get onto the framework. That period has now closed, and those organisations now await confirmation of whether they have been successful, with the results due to be announced in December.
For those organisations that successfully make it onto the framework, one of the big issues they will need to address when it comes to the area bidding — or Call-Off — stage, is that of localism.
The Government document sets this out in a number of places. For instance:
“Future contracts that may be called off the Umbrella Agreement will have a greater emphasis on localism due to the Government’s focus on devolving power to a more local level.”
“Building on existing good practice, effective engagement with such partners (at an appropriate level) will help to ensure that programmes recognise and reflect local needs, priorities, strategies and resources to achieve best outputs and value for money; and offer a comprehensive service that meets the needs of all of our customers.”
“Specific localism issues for the UAEHRS Suppliers to consider at mini competition stage could be Locality knowledge and customer insight; Alignment and integration of provision, services and funding streams within the context of local strategies…”
We believe that a key solution in this drive for local solutions is the use of granular local data. To this end, we have put together a short guide — Using Labour Market Insight to Win Business: Focus on the Work & Health Programme — which looks at the following:
- What actually is granular labour market data
- How can it help organisations at the Call-Off stage
- Six double page spreads giving snapshots of data in each of the UAEHRS areas
- A case study looking at how Remploy is using data to transform the lives of disabled people