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Ten bidders pass first round of historic Cambridgeshire contract

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced the ten bidders, which includes private firms, to make it through the first round for its integrated older people’s services contract.

Serco, Virgin Care and United Health UK, a subsidiary of the US firm, are the standalone private companies to make it through the first stage of the process.

Other private sector bids were made as part of consortiums with NHS providers. These include a consortium consisting of Capita, Circle, Cambridgeshire Community Services Trust and Oxford Health Foundation Trust. A consortium made up of Care UK, United Health, Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trusts and Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust.

The contract covers a range of services for the elderly with the purpose of finding one or more lead providers to co-ordinate these services across Cambridgeshire.

The CCG published tender documents over the summer that indicated that the full value of the tender is expected to be £700 million - £800 million over five years, with an initial start date of July 2014.

A statement from the CCG said: “Currently the focus is on measuring and paying for activity, such as hospital admissions. The CCG is proposing to dramatically change this focus to improve quality and outcomes through supporting investment in community services, improving the way in which services are delivered and changing the funding approach."

Albion Care Alliance Community Interest Company, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust with Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust and Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust were the other bidders to make it through the first round.



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Posted on: 16/09/2013

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