A new partnership of healthcare providers has been selected as the preferred bidder to deliver community health services for children and young people in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
The services that fall within the scope of this contract include; health visiting, school nursing, child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS), speech and language therapy (SALT), occupational therapy and physiotherapy, community paediatricians, community nursing and a range of dedicated services for vulnerable children including children in care, children with learning disabilities, children with life limiting conditions and children with drug and alcohol problems.
The partnership is made up of local, not for profit and NHS providers; Bristol Community Health CIC, Sirona care & health CIC, North Somerset Community Partnership CIC, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.
Two other services are being commissioned separately as part of the overall re-commissioning of Children’s Community Health Services. These are CAMHS Tier 4 specialised services, which provide assessment and treatment for children and young people with more complex needs usually requiring inpatient treatment, and the Paediatric Primary Care Clinical Support Service.
Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council and NHS England commenced the re-procurement process for children’s community health services at the beginning of February 2016.
Subject to successful preferred bidder discussions during the next few months, services under the new contract will commence in April 2017.