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Seven non-NHS organisations in the running for lead provider framework

NHS England has announced the 16 bidders who have made it through to the final assessment stage for a place on the ‘Lead Provider Framework’ to offer end-to-end support services.

Due to launch in January 2015, the Lead Provider Framework will provide clinical commissioning groups with a small number of NHS- accredited firms they can use to run their commissioning process.

Nine of the successful bidders for end-to-end support services were commissioning support units (CSUs) and seven were non-NHS organisations that include a mixture of local authorities and private firms.

These bidders met the PQQ quality assessment criteria for providing commissioning support for end-to-end services, which NHS England categorises as ‘Lot 1’, and have been invited to progress to the final invitation to tender (ITT).

The non-NHS organisations are: Capita; Essex County Council, Mouchel in partnership with BDO, Engine and Dr Foster Intelligence; NHS Shared Business Services working together with numerous partners such as Abbey HR, Advanced Computer Services, Deloitte, Dell and Shulmans; SSG Health, Surrey County Council and Optum, which has BT, KPMG, Healthskills, NHS Greater Manchester CSU, Hanover Media and CSC as supply chain partners.

NHS England also named 26 bidders that made the quality criteria for Lots 2a and 2b. Providers in these lots would supply commissioning support services for medicines management and supporting the assessment of continuing healthcare and individual funding requests.

Capita, Optum, IntraHealth, Gateshead CBC, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, Surrey County Council and UK Independent Medical are the non-NHS organisations named in these lots.

NHS England said that the Lead Provider Framework “will cut bureaucracy”.

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Posted on: 07/08/2014

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