COMMERCIAL: Managers in North Yorkshire have announced they are putting £1.3m worth of substance misuse services out to tender.

The adult drug and alcohol services in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale are currently provided by a range of different agencies and managed by the North Yorkshire Substance Misuse Partnership Board, a partnership between NHS North Yorkshire and York, North Yorkshire County Council, local police and probation services.

Managers said the tendering process, which is being led by NHS North Yorkshire and York, would help ensure a more co-ordinated approach and best value for money.

“A tendering process will make it easier to implement an integrated treatment system with clear care pathways for service users,” said Simon Cox, associate locality director at NHS North Yorkshire and York.

“It will also introduce a single point of access to the service.

“This will make the service easier to access for service users and make it easier for family, friends, GPs and other professionals to refer people for treatment.”

He stressed the decision was “not a reflection on the quality of the interventions and support currently being delivered”.

The board hopes to announce its preferred bidder or bidders in January next year and expects new providers will be up and running by April 2012.