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Private sector-NHS partnership picked for £124m mental health contract

Forward Thinking Birmingham, a consortium that includes Priory Group and Beacon UK, has been named preferred bidder for a £124 million mental health contract.

Under the terms of the deal, agreed with Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the consortium will have to deliver services for children, adolescents and adults under 25 over five years.

The consortium, which is led by Birmingham Children’s Hospital, has promised to provide a 24/7 phone line to allow children and young people to immediately access experts who can support them. A ‘one care plan’ patient management system, that patients can access themselves too, will also be introduced to prevent patients from getting lost in the system.

Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust and The Children’s Society are also members of the consortium.

Dr Diane Reeves, accountable officer for Birmingham South Central CCG, said: “We’re really pleased to announce the Forward Thinking Birmingham partnership as the preferred bidder for this brand new service. The partnership provides a completely new way of providing mental health services and puts young people at its heart. It was clear through the tender process that patient outcomes were the priority and Forward Thinking Birmingham proposed some creative solutions in making services accessible to young people.”  

Tom Riall, chief executive of Priory (pictured), said: “We are delighted that Forward Thinking Birmingham has been chosen as the preferred provider to help transform the lives of thousands of young people with mental health difficulties across Birmingham. 

“This innovative partnership brings together the best of the NHS, the charitable sector and the Priory Group to provide joined up, personalised mental health services close to home for vulnerable young people and their families when they need them most.”

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Posted on: 18/02/2015

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