NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is welcoming views about its ongoing re-procurement of local community health services, which includes some urgent care services.
This re-procurement aims to improve the services for the local communities of West Lancashire through a vision known as Building For The Future. The process is standard practice for healthcare commissioners when a contract comes to an end, and follows national statutory guidance and procurement law.
Claire Heneghan, chief nurse and board member at NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:
“Throughout this process, the CCG has involved its core stakeholders and invited views from the public and others in a number of ways. We still continue to invite views and experiences from those who are using the services and similarly, we welcome anyone with questions about the process itself to get in touch with us directly”.
You can get in touch with the CCG in a number of ways including 01695 588 000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Patient story forms are also available on request via the CCG contact details or from the CCG’s dedicated procurement webpage, which holds other useful information: https://www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk/have-your-say/community-health-services/
Dr John Caine, local GP and board member of NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:
“When a contract for a NHS service comes to an end, as commissioners we have a duty to review those services to ensure they will meet the changing needs of the population in the future in line with our 5 year strategies for improvement. This re-procurement process is being undertaken in discharge of our statutory obligations. We need to ensure our residents especially those living with long-term conditions have the right care around them and also the right knowledge to help them to self-manage their condition. Transforming our local community health services towards truly joined up care will allow so many local people live healthier and happier lives”.
The CCG is currently talking to four potential providers following a stringent evaluation process; the organisations that are having further discussion with the CCG about community health services are Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Optum Health Solutions (UK) Ltd, Virgin Care Services and Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the organisations that are having further discussion with the CCG about urgent care services are Optum Health Solutions (UK) Ltd and Virgin Care Services.
Each organisation named above will be invited to submit a final proposal and following careful evaluation from the commissioners, the best one will be selected in September 2016. The selected provider will then begin delivering the services locally in April 2017.
For more information, please visit https://www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk/have-your-say/community-health-services/ or contact the CCG directly.