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CCG launches procurement of downsized integrated care model


1 August 2017

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Commissioners in the north of England have tendered a multispecialty community provider (MCP) contract to take over community services, but not primary medical services, from next year.

NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG has published a contract notice for an MCP worth £80.6m to run for seven years from 3 April 2018.

This is a scaled back contract to the one announced earlier this year worth £1.3bn over 10 years.

Commissioners in the north of England have tendered a multispecialty community provider (MCP) contract to take over community services, but not primary medical services, from next year.

NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG has published a contract notice for an MCP worth £80.6m to run for seven years from 3 April 2018.

This is a scaled back contract to the one announced earlier this year worth £1.3bn over 10 years.

According to the contract notice, the MCP will cover a range of community services including physiotherapy, community nursing and specialist therapy for diabetes, heart failure and cardiac rehabilitation among others.

While MCP models of care are defined as primary care-led vanguards, the contract notice states that the services taken over will not include primary medical care services.

A report released alongside the contract notice says: ‘This is a partially integrated MCP model which will not see primary medical care services commissioned through it.’

It adds: ‘This option enables the CCG to support a model for commissioning that helps to shape the provider market into the concept of one system for service delivery, centred around list based primary care.’

When asked how GPs will be involved in the MCP if not through primary medical services, the CCG told Healthcare Leader there were limitations on what could be said while the procurement is still ‘live’.

A spokesperson said the details of the ‘final model will be shared with patients and stakeholders after completion of the procurement process’.

But he added: ‘The aim is to improve integration of services between community services, primary care GP services, and social care.’

The CCG has already had interest from 22 potential bidders for the contract, including five trusts, a county council and Virgin Care – a private health service provider.

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