NHS Herefordshire & Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group sought Independent Sector Providers to provide extra capacity for the local recovery of routine elective care services post covid-19. A contract was awarded to Nuffield Health Hereford Hospital by NHS Herefordshire & Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group to provide NHS patients in the Clinical Commissioning Group's locality with a clinically safe and effective routine elective outpatient, day case and in-patient service that is responsive to their needs. The UK Government's policy in response to covid-19 initially gave rise to a situations of extreme urgency brought about by unforeseeable events. Following this, it became vital for NHS organisations to build in extra capacity locally for the recovery of the routine elective care services (and the wider healthcare system) post covid-19. The award of this contract is a follow-on contract from previous arrangements, and so the necessary linkage with current pathways is already established locally to ensure minimum disruption to the patient whilst urgent catch-back on resources and capacity is established. The contract duration for this directly awarded contract was subject to detailed discussions by the contracting authority and it was agreed that a period of 18 months (from 1st October 2021 to 31st March 2023) would be advisable to facilitate system stabilisation on a number of levels. This would allow the new structure of the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Integrated Care System time to settle in; time for resources to be optimized post covid-19; and time to consider future potential procurement options within redesigned care pathways. The estimated value for this period of time is circa 3,445,602.
Lyle Lloyd, MCIPS, Senior Procurement Officer
NHS Midlands and Lancashire CSU
Stoke on Trent
Contract value: 3445602
Published: 31 Jan 2022, Receipt by: 30 Sep 2021
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