GMB Welcome Selection Of NHS Consortium As Preferred Bidder For £800m Contract For NHS Services In Cambridgeshire
Why did the CCG embark on an unnecessary procurement process at a cost of around £1 million of taxpayer’s money before the option of working with existing NHS organisations was explored asks GMB.
GMB welcome the selection by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) of a consortium of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust with Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as the preferred bidder for the £800 million contract for older people’s healthcare and adult community health services. See notes to editors for press release from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG).
Steve Sweeney, GMB Regional Organiser, said 'This is good news for staff and patients who will see services remain within the NHS and not in the hands of privateers.
GMB mounted a campaign to involve the public in this exercise. This outcome shows that campaigning can be successful and the Tory privatisation agenda can be resisted. Had the contract been awarded to Virgin Care or the Care UK led bid it would have been a disaster for everyone concerned. We hope that the CCG takes note and thinks again before entering another procurement exercise.
There are serious concerns as to why the CCG embarked an unnecessary procurement process at a cost of around £1 million of taxpayer’s money before the option of working with existing NHS organisations was explored. This was suggested by GMB from the start and throughout.
Questions also remain as to why the current provider Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, recently short-listed for a 'Trust Provider of the Year' award and found to be one of the top NHS employers in the country, were the only organisation not short-listed to run services they currently deliver. As most of the process was held in secret and behind closed doors we still do not have the answers. We believe that there should be a proper inquiry into the tendering process so we can see exactly how this has happened. Since the NHS belongs to us we have a right to know.
GMB will continue to campaign against privatisation in Cambridgeshire and across the country.”
Contact: Steve Sweeney, GMB Organiser on 07703 469403 or Warren Kenny 07843 632 394 or GMB Press Office: 07974 251823 or 07921 289880.
Notes to editors
Copy of press release from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) dated 1st October.
Preferred Bidder selected to improve older people’s healthcare and adult community health services
UnitingCare Partnership has been selected as the Preferred Bidder to improve older people’s healthcare and adult community services across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and parts of Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire.
UnitingCare Partnership is a consortium of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust with Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The selection is a key milestone in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Older People’s Programme for better healthcare for the area’s increasing number of over 65s.
The programme’s aim is to get the best possible services for older people, particularly the elderly and frail, and adults with long term conditions, providing healthcare in more joined-up and innovative ways.
UnitingCare Partnership was selected after a 15-month service design and procurement process to find a Lead Provider of older people’s healthcare and adult community services, who is able to integrate services, providing more joined-up care for patients.
The Lead Provider will be responsible for ensuring care is much better coordinated. They will directly provide adult community health services and hold the budget for the following services:
Urgent care for adults aged over 65 including inpatients as well as A&E services
Mental Health Services for people aged over 65
Adult (all people over 18) community health services for example, district nursing, rehabilitation and therapy after injury or illness,, speech and language therapy, care for patients with complex wounds, support for people with respiratory disease or diabetes
Other health services which support the care of people aged over 65.
As a direct provider of adult (people over 18) community health services, the Lead Provider will employ staff who currently provide these services.
Commonly NHS contracts are just one or two years in length. This contract is different in that it is a five-year contract, giving the Lead Provider time to invest in and transform services for the better.
A set of criteria (What do good services look like?) called an Outcomes Framework has been developed. This will form part of the contract with the Lead Provider. Their performance will be measured against it, with payment linked to achieving the outcomes. This will drive quality improvements across the whole service.
The Lead Provider will need to work closely with GPs, social services (provided by local authorities) and with others, including ambulance services, out-of-hours services, voluntary organisations and housing services.
The Chief Clinical Officer for the CCG Dr Neil Modha said: “The aim is to have a single Lead Provider responsible for older people’s healthcare services and adult community health services, ensuring that care is more joined up than it has been, with a focus on improving the patient experience.
“The design and procurement process has allowed people from a range of organisations to come together, develop and propose solutions to some of the service problems that have challenged us for many years.
“I would like to extend the CCG’s thanks to all those that have contributed to this process to date, including patients, clinicians and Local Authority colleagues.
“The final submissions from all three bidders reflected the hard work they have all undertaken to produce proposals for improving care for our patients.
“We have been impressed by the constructive way in which they have engaged with the CCG and other stakeholders, and the commitment they have all shown to improving outcomes.”
There will now be a standard 10-day ‘standstill’ period during which the CCG will debrief successful and unsuccessful bidders.
UnitingCare Partnership will then spend nearly six months preparing and putting everything in place to be able to start delivering services on 1 April 2015, the expected start date for the new older people’s pathway and adult community services.
The Clinical Lead for the Older People’s Programme, Dr Arnold Fertig said: “The first task is to ensure there is a smooth transition of services, and to prepare for making the improvements in services and patient experience we all want to see.
“During this time the CCG and the new Lead Provider will work with existing providers of community health services to ensure that patients experience a seamless change from one provider to another.”
In a joint statement Uniting Care Partnership’s Aidan Thomas and Dr Keith McNeil said:
“We are delighted that our NHS-led consortium, UnitingCare Partnership, has been appointed preferred bidder for the provision of older people’s healthcare and adult community services.
"We look forward to further discussions with the CCG to reach agreement on a formal contract that will enable us to begin to deliver the vital improvements to care for older people.”