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South West CCG to procure 7- to 10-year community services contract

Can commissioners make this £1.7bn community services contract work?


A clinical commissioning group (CCG) in South West England is to procure community services from 2020/21 under a seven- to 10-year contract worth £120m–£170m a year.


Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has sent out a prior information notice about the proposed contract, which could be worth £1.7bn.


The exact requirements of the contract are not yet known, but are likely to include adult community services (worth £120m annually) and may also include child and adolescent community health services (£50m annually).


If the child and adolescent services are included, the procurement would be a joint exercise between the CCG, NHS England and the local authority.


Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG was formed by a merger in April 2018 and presently commissions its community services in three areas from three separate social enterprises.


The Health Service Journal reports that the previous approach has left the region struggling to provide the required standard of urgent care.


Further information

HSJ: CCG to tender billion pound community services contract

National Audit Office: Investigation into the collapse of the UnitingCare Partnership contract in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough