A foundation trust is tendering for a “performance management framework” under which its staff would receive ratings.

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust said the system it wanted should “drive greater accountability, making performance assessment explicit”.

The trust also wants an “external provider” to help managers hold “difficult performance conversations” with staff.

The contract notice said the finished performance management framework should “create a process which encourages staff to raise their performance year-on-year to keep pace with increased expectations from service users and commissioners”.

The trust also wants the framework to “drive greater individual accountability and greater focus on measurable outcomes, making performance assessment explicit (e.g. ratings).”

It added the contractor should “propose an incentives framework that rewards excellent achievement and recognises positive contribution and desirable behaviour”.

The provider would also “assist” managers at the trust in “having difficult performance conversations, giving appropriate feedback and coaching for improved performance”.

Bidders have until tomorrow to express an interest in the contract, which is worth between £100,000 and £150,000.