NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) with Blackburn with Darwen CCG wish to commission a number of sub-acute and rehabilitative nursing beds for the delivery of intermediate health and social care over the Winter period as part of a comprehensive package of step-up/step-down care for patients across East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen.
The nursing/healthcare provided is expected to be provided by a team of qualified and unqualified staff that have specific skills and training in the delivery of step-up / step-down care to meet the needs of patients in the residential setting in collaboration with partner service providers, supporting optimal outcomes for patients.
The 4 CCGs in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull have taken over responsibility for funding Non-Emergency Patient Transport services (NEPT). The project is being led by Birmingham CrossCity CCG, in partnership with Birmingham South Central CCG, Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG and Solihull CCGs. It also involves other CCGs and populations within the wider West Midlands area, who use NEPT services.
A review of NEPT services has shown that there is significant variation in delivery of these services between NHS hospital trusts across Birmingham and Solihull. There is also insufficient evidence available to CCGs about the quality of these services, or the extent to which they are meeting the needs of patients.
Commissioners have aggregated a significant number of non-emergency patient transport (NEPT) service contracts in the Birmingham and Solihull area to ensure standardisation of services and seek improvements in quality, productivity and efficiency.
The scope of this non-emergency patient transport (NEPT) service shall include provision of NEPT to and from the following healthcare premises of the following NHS Trusts or other services:
— Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust;
— Birmingham Women's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust;
— Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust;
— Royal Orthopaedic NHS Foundation Trust;
— University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust;
— Worcestershire Acute Hospital NHS Trust (for BSOL CCGs only);
— GP referrals for same day assessment (for BSOL CCGs only);
— Or other secondary or community NHS service as defined by the commissioners.
A detailed description (draft service specification) of the requirements can be obtained via the Bravo eProcurement system. Please see instructions later in this notice (VI.3)) for details of how to access this information.
The contract duration will be 5 years with a 2 year extension option.
NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit on behalf of a range of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) is required to complete all outstanding retrospective review cases with Previously Un-assessed Periods of Care (PUPOC) by September 2016. This process assesses applications and if appropriate, awards retrospective funding to individuals who should have previously been identified as eligible for fully funded health care. The policy and guidance for this funding is known as NHS Continuing Healthcare. The CSU therefore seeks providers to complete full retrospective and partial retrospective assessments in 2 lots described in the service specification to NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit who are acting on behalf of a range of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
The Commissioners for this procurement are Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group and Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group, working collaboratively, who wish to receive Expressions of Interest and responses to the Non Emergency Patient Transport Service ITT from suitably qualified and experienced providers with the necessary capacity and capability (or a demonstrable ability to provide the necessary capacity and capability) and financial standing to provide the services outlined in the ITT documentation.
The Department of Health defines Non-emergency PTS activity as being typified by the non-urgent, planned transportation of patients, with a medical need for transport, to and from a premises providing NHS healthcare and between NHS healthcare providers. This can and should encompass a wide range of vehicle types and levels of care consistent with the patients' medical needs. The overarching principle of the Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service is that patients who are eligible for patient transport will receive safe, timely and comfortable transport to and from their destination, without detriment to their medical condition.
The service is not only to be provided across Wolverhampton and Dudley areas, but to travel outside of this specific area on occasion, further afield into areas covered by associate Clinical Commissioning Groups. The service is to be procured for 3 years, with the option to extend for a further 2 years to enable each hospital, community provider or booking department to embed the service and provide continuity. Full details can be found by accessing the tender documentation by following the instructions below.
It is expected that TUPE will apply to this service.
Candidates wishing to be considered must register their expression of interest & provide additional procurement-specific information through the portal as follows:
i) Candidates should register on the portal at https://mlcsu.bravosolution.co.uk (registration and use of the website is free of charge).
ii) Once registered, candidates must express interest by:
a. logging-in to the Midlands and Lancashire CSU e-Tendering portal,
b. selecting response to advert and ITT,
c. select Open Access ITT,
d. search for and access listing related to this contract and view details,
e. click on Express Interest link.
iii) Once you have expressed interest, access the My ITTs page where you can download documentation (if required) & construct your reply as instructed.
You must submit your reply on the website by the deadline of 18th March at 17:00. For technical support in submitting your expression of interest contact the BravoSolution Help-desk on 0800 368 4850 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This procurement relates to NHS healthcare services. Therefore, section 120 of the Public Contract Regulations 2015 applies. Under section 120, the service to which this procurement relates falls within Part B of Schedule 3 of The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended). Neither placement of an advertisement for this procurement, nor the use of an open procurement process, nor any other indication shall be taken to mean that the commissioner intends to hold itself bound by any of the regulations save those applicable to Part B services.