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CCG issues £172million tender to integrate care


29 March 2016

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A clinical commission group (CCG) in the West Midlands has issued a £172 million tender to run an integrated care model including NHS 111 and GP-led out-of-hours services for 16 CCGs.

The tender is led by NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG to provide a service giving patients access to treatment and clinical advice as well as linking community services, social care, ambulance and emergency departments.

A clinical commission group (CCG) in the West Midlands has issued a £172 million tender to run an integrated care model including NHS 111 and GP-led out-of-hours services for 16 CCGs.

The tender is led by NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG to provide a service giving patients access to treatment and clinical advice as well as linking community services, social care, ambulance and emergency departments.

The tender said it was for a “pivotal service for the local urgent health and social economies in the West Midlands and will need to be able to work at a regional and local level in helping patients access the right care at the right time.”

It will last for four years, with an option to extend it for a further two years.

Bidders have until April 29 to express interest in the procurement.

Commissioners are looking for an organisation to provide the NHS 111 service for 16 CCGs in the West Midlands after the current contract runs out.

The successful bidder will also implement “a new integrated model of integrated urgent care comprising clinical hub elements”.

The CCG is also looking for providers to run out-of-hours services which are currently provided under five different contracts covering eight CCGs.

Commissioners want urgent care services to be integrated with NHS 111 and GP out-of-hours services.

Last year NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG had to abandon procurement of its 111 service as it felt no bid demonstrated “value for money”.

Provider West Midlands Ambulance Service retained the existing contract.

At the time the CCG said it was exercising its right to abandon the procurement process as it “did not receive a bid that was acceptable and demonstrated value for money”.

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