Dr Foster consortium wins major commissioning support deal (HSJ: 8 December 2015)

A private consortium has won a major contract to supply support services to a large group of clinical commissioning groups in the north of England.

The eMBED Health Consortium will provide the full range of “end to end” support services to 23 CCGs in Yorkshire and the Humber. The contract goes live in March 2016. The consortium is made up of: Kier (formerly Mouchel); BDO; Engine; and Dr Foster. 

As well as eMBED’s end to end contract win, North of England Commissioning Support won two smaller lots to provide support for medicines management and continuing healthcare. The contract value for eMBED is £62m over four years, or just over £15m a year. North of England Commissioning Support will be paid a further £5.7m over three years.

Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support Unit will close at the end of March

The contract values represent a fraction of the income of the Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support Unit, which will close at the end of March. It turned over £83m in 2014-15. The CSU currently employs around 400 people. This suggests the CCGs are planning to bring many services in house, pay significantly less for what they receive than currently or a combination of the two.

HSJ reported earlier this year that the deadline for the tender was extended amid a lack of interest from suppliers.

It is understood that eMBED’s contract will last four years, while the other two lots are for three years. Both deals have the option to extend for a further year. It is by far the largest commissioning support deal to have been won by a private supplier. The only other contract won by a non-NHS organisation was in South Lincolnshire, where Optum secured a deal worth £9m. The Yorkshire and the Humber tender was triggered at the beginning of 2015 afterNHS England rejected Yorkshire and Humber CSU’s bid for inclusion on its lead provider framework for procuring support services.


Winners of five Midlands commissioning support contracts named (HSJ: 8 December 2015)

Seven West Midlands clinical commissioning groups have awarded commissioning support contracts to two providers in a deal worth £54m

Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit has been awarded contracts for providing the CCGs with business intelligence, IT and medicines management services.

Midlands and Lancashire CSU won the contracts for providing business intelligence and IT services

Arden and Greater East Midlands CSU has won contracts to provide “end to end” commissioning support services, and to oversee continuing healthcare and individual funding requests.

The deal, worth £54m over four years, is the third successful tender process to be completed through NHS England’s lead provider framework.

The CCGs which awarded the contracts are: Birmingham CrossCity; Birmingham South and Central; Dudley; Sandwell and West Birmingham; Solihull; Walsall; and Wolverhampton. The two CSUs will begin providing the services in April.

Arden and Greater East Midlands CSU’s contract to deliver end to end commissioning support involves providing a suite of services including finance, contracting, information governance, human resources and procurement.

Not all of the CCGs will buy all the end to end services, but will contract with the CSU on an individual basis. Midlands and Lancashire CSU, which currently supplies the full range of support services to the seven CCGs, will provide business intelligence to them on a single contract.


Private provider wins South West children’s health contract (Nursing Times: 11 November 2015)

Virgin Care has won a £64m contract to be the single provider of community child health services in Wiltshire. The private health company will take over delivery of the services from three NHS trusts, a social enterprise and a borough council. Community child health services in Wiltshire include children’s specialist community nursing, health visiting and speech and language therapy...read more


Privatisation of NHS in Wiltshire set to continue as firms bid for adult community services (The Salisbury Journal: 9 November 2015)

THE sell-off of NHS services in Wiltshire looks set to continue as adult community services are now being offered to private firms.

Last week the Journal reported that children's community health services — until now provided by the NHS — had been snapped up by Virgin Care in a deal worth almost £13million. Now companies are bidding for adult community services, currently provided by Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and delivered at smaller, local hospitals.

The GP-led group that controls Wiltshire's healthcare budget (Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group) is seeking one contractor to run 19 services for adults. They include speech and language therapy, stroke therapy, diabetes care, podiatry, musculoskeletal physiotherapy, orthotics, wheelchairs, cardiac and respiratory services, fracture clinics, community bed services, the frail elderly service, hearing care and others...read more


Care UK wins five-year prison contract (InsiderMedia: 18 June 2015)

Controversial American health firm handed NHS contract (The Mirror: 3 September 2013) 

NHS patients to be treated by Virgin Care in £500m deal (The Telegraph: 30 March 2012)


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