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More CSUs form lead provider alliances


29 January 2014

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Two further commissioning support units (CSUs) have announced a partnership  agreement with the aim of joining NHS England's lead provider framework (LPF). 
The LPF was created to reduce procurement timescales by giving clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) one point of contact when buying services. 

Two further commissioning support units (CSUs) have announced a partnership  agreement with the aim of joining NHS England's lead provider framework (LPF). 
The LPF was created to reduce procurement timescales by giving clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) one point of contact when buying services. 
Earlier this month The Commissioning Review reported that NHS Arden, Greater East Midlands, North Yorkshire and Humber, West and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw CSUs have formed a “strategic alliance”. 
Although Central Eastern CSU and Central Southern CSU will both apply to become lead providers separately, they have formed an "exclusive business relationship". 
Central Southern CSU will be the exclusive business partner of Central Eastern CSU for strategic planning and service redesign services, and Central Eastern CSU will be the exclusive business partner of Central Southern CSU for continuing healthcare services.
A joint statement CSUs reads: "Our approach will require further business planning and refinement as we go forward. However, both CSUs have agreed to work exclusively with each other on the services within the scope of the business partnership, and will not bring in additional partners in those areas without explicit agreement of the other CSU."

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