11:11 Wednesday 18 June 2014

Three bidders shortlisted to take over Older People's Programme in Cambridgeshire

Written byJORDAN DAY

Three organisations have been shortlisted to take over the running of older people’s healthcare services in the Ely area.

The public consultation into Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) proposals to improve older people’s healthcare and adult community services public has now closed.

One of the bidders – Accord, a consortium made up of Interserve with Provide, formerly Central Essex Community Services, and North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as Mental Health Lead, has withdrawn from the procurement.

The remaining three shortlisted bidders are:

• Care for Life (Care UK with Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, and Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust)

• Uniting Care Partnership (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust with Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

• Virgin Care Ltd

Dr Arnold Fertig, clinical lead for the CCG’s Older People’s Programme, said: “We’d like to thank all residents who have taken time to give their views during the public consultation.

“The feedback given will be considered by the governing body and passed on to the bidders so that the bidders can take people’s views into account in the further development of their bids.

“We have been very impressed by the work the bidders have done to develop their thinking since the outline solution stage and are continuing to work with the remaining three bidders.”

All bids are due to be submitted at the end of July and will be evaluated by a team of clinicians, local authority and patient representatives and specialists.

A decision on a preferred bidder will be made in September.

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