Following completion of the preferred bidder phase, today we have announced that the interim contract for the provision of children’s community health services in Bristol and South Gloucestershire will be awarded to a partnership led by Sirona care and health CIC.
The partnership, which also includes Bristol Community Health CIC and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, was named as preferred bidder for the contract in October.
During the preferred bidder phase we tested thoroughly the provider’s ability to deliver the services and are satisfied with the outcome.
As commissioners, the clinical safety of the service is of paramount importance so we will now be working with the interim providers and North Bristol Trust to ensure a safe handover and the maintenance of high quality services for the children and young people who use them.
The interim contract, which will operate on the existing service delivery model, will run from April 2016 until March 31, 2017, when a new long-term provider will take over. Parents, children and young people will continue to receive care and support from existing staff so there should be minimal change to the services provided during the period of the interim contract.
In September we launched a three-month public consultation to inform a full procurement process to identify a long-term provider for children’s community health services to start in April 2017 and to operate under a revised model of services.