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Shortlist for £1.1m care contract revealed


20 March 2014

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Cambridgeshire and Peterborough clinical commissioning group (CCG) has announced the four organisations shortlisted to provide older people’s healthcare and adult community services. 
Previously, the Labour party had described the contract as the "most audacious sell-off" of NHS services yet. 
The companies shortlisted to win the £1.1 million contract are: 

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough clinical commissioning group (CCG) has announced the four organisations shortlisted to provide older people’s healthcare and adult community services. 
Previously, the Labour party had described the contract as the "most audacious sell-off" of NHS services yet. 
The companies shortlisted to win the £1.1 million contract are: 
 – Accord Health (Interserve with Provide,formerly Central Essex Community Services, and North Essex Partnership Foundation Trust as Mental Health Lead)
 – Care for Life (Care UK with Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, and Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust)
 – Uniting Care Partnership (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust with Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
 – Virgin Care Ltd.
The next stage of the Integrated Older People’s Pathway and Adult Community Services procurement process will see the organisations develop and refine the initial proposals they submitted in January 2014.
The organisation winning organisation will be announced in September 2014, with the contract starting in January 2015.
Clinical lead for CCG’s Older People’s Programme Dr Arnold Fertig said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the bidders who submitted proposals in January for working so constructively with the CCG.
“All organisations demonstrated their commitment to our aim of improving care for older people. We very much look forward to working with shortlisted bidders in the next stage.
Dr Neil Modha, chief clinical officer said: “It is important to stress that whoever is awarded this NHS contract to deliver Integrated Older People’s Pathway and Adult Community Services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, care will remain NHS-funded, provided under an NHS contract and free at the point of delivery.”
The CCG will hold a public consultation asking for residents views on initial proposals put forward by the shortlisted bidders.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG is one of the biggest in the country with 108 GP practices as members and 824 GPs. 
There's a federation of eight local commissioning groups (LCGs) covering all GP practices in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, as well as three practices in North Hertfordshire and two in Northamptonshire.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG has a patient population of 891,298, which has a diverse, ageing population with significant inequalities. It has has budget of £854 million.

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