Connell Consulting
Remember me:
Skip Navigation Links
Virgin Care the preferred bidder for Devon children’s services contract

Virgin Care has gained preferred bidder status to run a three-year children’s services contract drawn up by NHS Devon and Devon County Council.

It means that after a period of due diligence, Virgin Care will be responsible for frontline children’s and young people’s services including physical, sensory and learning disability services, emotional health and wellbeing services and public health nursing. 

Devon Partnership Trust with Barnado's, Young Devon and Interserve, and Serco with Cornwall Partnership Trust were among the other bidders for the £44 million per year contract.

The children and young people affected will continue to be cared for by existing health and social care staff in Devon, who will transfer to Virgin Care with existing terms and conditions maintained.

Rebecca Harriott, director of commissioning development at NHS Devon, said: “We know that these are important and sensitive services and it is vital to ensure that everyone can be confident that a winning bidder is able to deliver the best possible outcomes for children and young people across Devon.

“That is why we have been so careful to involve as many stakeholders as possible in the evaluation process including young people, parents and carers and professionals such as GPs and head teachers.”

A spokesman for Virgin Care, said: “A wide range of health, education and social care professionals as well as children and young people who understand and use these services have been involved in coming to this decision and we look forward to working in partnership with NHS Devon, Devon County Council and other local partners to ensure that children, young people and their families in Devon continue to be supported to make decisions about their own lives.”

Posted on: 12/07/2012

Latest news stories

Nearly a third of requests for care support made to local authorities were not met in 2014-15 according to the latest government statistics.
Barchester Healthcare has posted a 44.4% dip in operating profit for the year ended 31 December 2014.
Matt Lowe has been announced as chief executive of LNT Group.
London-listed Al Noor Hospitals has announced it is in talks to merge with Mediclinic International, a South African private hospital provider.
Around 200 of Bupa’s 290 care homes are to be put up for sale with Knight Frank appointed to run the auction process, HealthInvestor understands.

Proton Partners International wants to shake up the UK cancer care landscape by becoming the first provider to offer proton beam therapy on home soil. Ploy Radford talks to the firm’s chief executive, Mike Moran, to find out more

The dentistry markets in some European countries are ripe for consolidation finds Sunniva Davies-Rommetveit. But how do they compare to the UK?
Chancellor George Osborne dropped a bombshell on the care sector when he introduced the living wage in his summer budget. Kirsten Noben reports

Christie + Co
Push Doctor is the latest digital GP service to hit the market; HealthInvestor investigates whether it can stand out from the crowd
Tracscare’s acquisition of Brookdale Care this July completed its transformation into the UK’s biggest autism provider
Clare Connell, Jessica Dark and Molly Winter of Connell Consulting explore the crisis in mental health funding
Christchurch Group has trebled in size since Sovereign Capital took the reins back in 2010. Sunniva Davies-Rommetveit asks what’s next for the company
The mental health sector’s giants have cash to splash. Kirsten Noben takes a look at where they are spending it

Click here to search all feature articles