Seven Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) from across Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country have awarded five contracts to provide commissioning support services, worth a total of over £54 million, over the next four years.
NHS Midlands and Lancashire CSU have been awarded contracts for providing: business intelligence; information technology; and medicines management services. NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands (GEM) CSU have been awarded the contracts for providing the CCGs with: end-to-end commissioning support services; and continuing healthcare and individual funding requests.
The decision to appoint NHS Arden and GEM and NHS Midlands and Lancashire CSUs was the result of a competitive tender process, facilitated by NHS England, which was open to providers on the Lead Provider Framework.
NHS England developed the Lead Provider Framework to enable CCGs, NHS England and other customers to source some, or all, of their commissioning support needs.
Dr Diane Reeves, Accountable Officer for NHS Birmingham South Central CCG and chair of the Commissioning Support Services Procurement Project Board, which oversaw the procurement, said: “We are delighted to have awarded the contracts to these two NHS organisations, after a very robust and thorough procurement process.
“As a large group of CCGs, we operate in a diverse and complex environment across the West Midlands; I feel confident that these organisations have the capacity and capability we need to support the seven CCGs delivery of the Five Year Forward View and to continue on our journey, collectively and individually, as transformational commissioners. Not only that, they both demonstrated clear focus on quality and offered us value for money.
“We are confident that the two CSUs will help us, as commissioners, ensure that our patients across Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country have access to the high-quality and local care they expect and deserve.”
The CSUs will start providing the commissioning support services to the seven CCGs from April 2016. The mobilisation will be overseen by a Commissioning Support Services Joint Mobilisation Board, which is a partnership between the individual CCGs and the successful CSUs.