A new partnership of healthcare providers has been selected to submit a full proposal to deliver part of the community health services for children and young people in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
Following the pre-qualification questionnaire stage of the re-procurement process, one bidder has been invited to submit a proposal as part of the invitation to tender stage.
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 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 GP with a Special Interest (GPwSI) in Community Paediatrics 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.
Evaluation of the full proposal will take place during May and June 2016. Subject to the evaluation, a contract will be awarded by the end of September 2016 and services under the new contract will commence in April 2017.