Health and Wellbeing

Council supports NHS consortium as preferred bidder for children’s health and wellbeing services in Devon

Posted on: 10 October 2018

Leaders at Devon County Council have supported proposals to name a partnership of local NHS trusts and social enterprises the preferred bidder to deliver children’s community health and wellbeing services in Devon.

NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) recommended that Devon Children and Families Alliance (The Alliance) be selected as the preferred bidder for the 23.8 million-a-year contract, of which Devon County Council contributes £1.6m. The contract will be awarded for seven years from 1 April 2019, with an option to extend it for a further three years.

The Alliance includes the six main providers in the county: Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Devon Partnership NHS Trust, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Northern Devon Healthcare Trust, and Livewell Southwest (a community interest company).

The contract will cover services currently provided by Virgin Care as part of ‘Integrated Children’s Services’. These include child and adolescent community Mental Health Services (CAMHs), learning disability services, palliative care, speech and language therapy, health visiting, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and specialist children’s assessment centres.

Virgin’s contract was due to expire in April 2018 but last October it was given £35m to continue to run the service for another 12 months while the CCG’s prepared for re-procurement.

The Council has been working with NEW Devon CCG to consult with more than 500 parents, carers, young people, voluntary workers, clinicians and health and social care professionals and decide who can best provide health and wellbeing services for children and young people in Devon.

Cllr James McInnes,Cllr James McInnes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

“We want to make sure that all children and young people in Devon have access to a personalised, sustainable and coordinated system of care and support at the time and in the place, they need it.

“A significant part of this re-procurement process has involved listening to people’s views and using them to develop values for a future service. We need to make sure that what we offer is right for those who access our services, so first we needed to know about their experiences so we could identify what they need and want.

“It’s been a long but hugely valuable process involving hundreds of people, and I thank everyone for their contribution.”

Preferred bidder status is not the same as an award decision. A formal award decision will be made by NEW Devon CCG in November following the completion of the preferred bidder period.

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