HSE SAOR Programme: Invitation to Tender

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HSE SAOR Programme

Tender for the development of an Outcomes Framework for the monitoring of the SAOR Screening and Brief Intervention for Problem Alcohol and Substance Use (2017) as part of the Health Diversion Programme.


The programme for government has committed to implementing the Health Diversion Programme, including implementation of recommendations set out by the Working Group on Alternative Approaches to the Possession of Drugs for Personal Use. The programme will connect people who use drugs with health services and provide a pathway to recovery, avoiding a criminal conviction.

It is proposed to commence implementation of the Health Diversion Programme on a phased basis, beginning in Q1 2021, in a number of rural and urban locations. Locations will be selected to coincide with AGS divisional structures and HSE community healthcare organisations. Up to five locations will be selected across a mixture of Dublin, provincial and rural areas.

Under this new approach, when a person is found in possession of drugs for personal use the Government has agreed to implement a health diversion approach whereby:

  • On the first occasion, An Garda Síochána will refer them, on a voluntary basis, to the Health Service Executive for a health screening and brief intervention;
  • On the second occasion, An Garda Síochána would have discretion to issue an Adult Caution.


The HSE SAOR Programme is delivered through the National Social Inclusion Office under the Primary Care Division.

SAOR is a brief intervention model which uses a person-centred approach based on Motivational Interviewing to have a conversation with a person about their drug or alcohol use. SAOR provides a framework for worker to deliver brief interventions at first point of contact and to facilitate those presenting with more complex needs with entry into treatment programmes as per the National Drug Rehabilitation Framework (2010).

The 2nd edition of SAOR (SAOR II) was published in 2017. This edition built on the learning and understanding derived from delivering interventions and training workers in a diverse range of settings. To date, people have been trained in Universities, Public Health Services, Acute Care settings, Sports Clubs, Womens’ Services, Homeless services and many other settings.

SAOR Screening and Brief Intervention for Problem Alcohol and Substance Use has been selected as the model for the health intervention element of the Health Diversion Programme.


The purpose of the Outcomes Framework is to provide a structure for the ongoing monitoring of the SAOR health intervention. The Outcomes Framework will incorporate the following elements:

  1. The policy and strategic context of the SAOR intervention as it relates to the Health Diversion Programme.
  2. Knowledge and learning from other systems and models
  3. Identifying available data and desirable data
  4. Key performance indicators (outputs)
  5. Behavioural determinants (outcomes)
  6. Transferability of the Outcomes Framework to monitor the SAOR intervention in other settings.

Submissions are invited on the development of an Outcomes Framework for the health intervention (SAOR) delivered as part of the Health Diversion Programme.

The submission should

  • Outline the methodology for the development of this Outcomes Framework
  • Show an understanding of the potential outputs and outcomes
  • Indicate a timeframe for the development and completion of the Outcomes Framework
  • Outline a cost for the development of the Outcomes Framework.

Applicants should note that the Outcomes Framework should relate to the health intervention, SAOR, only. The Outcomes Framework does not include the wider Health Diversion Programme.

Submission process and assessment

Submissions are invited and will be assessed on the following basis:

  1. Meets the scope of the tender
  2. Research experience in the health sector
  3. Knowledge of the Justice System in the context of addiction
  4. Evidence of previous relevant work
  5. Value for money (all quotes to be inclusive of VAT and not exceed €10,000)

Submissions from individuals and groups are welcome. Group submissions must include details for each member of which roles they will undertake to deliver as part of the tender and their qualifications/experience to do so. Submissions by email to Nicola.corrigan@hse.ie before 5pm on Friday 22nd January 2021.

Further information

Further information can be requested from Nicola.Corrigan@hse.ie.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
17th Dec, 2020
Expiry Date
22nd Jan, 2021