The contract to provide integrated acute and community care services in Cambridgeshire is worth £800m over five years – the largest franchise since the introduction of the rules enforcing NHS competition in April 2013.
Private providers UnitedHealth UK, Serco and Virgin Care are among the potential sole providers shortlisted, while Care UK, Circle Partnership, Interserve and Capita are shortlisted as part of joint bids with NHS providers and others.
Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has described the contract as “the most audacious selloff to date.”
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG is seeking one or more providers to bundle together a range of services for older people: acute hospital unplanned care, intermediate care, planned and unplanned nursing, mental health services, end of life care, and some adult community services.
According to the CCG, the contract will see “different services working together to provide a joined-up approach across geographic and organisational boundaries”. It will replace the existing individual contracts for these services from July 2014.
Neil Modha, Chief Clinical Officer with the CCG, said: “This is a real opportunity for us to do something fundamentally different to the traditional model of hospitals and community services being commissioned and organised separately.”
The ten organisations on the shortlist are:
Albion Care Alliance CIC
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust with Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Capita with Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, Circle Partnership, and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Care UK with Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust, and UnitedHealth UK
Interserve with Central Essex Community Services
North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust