Midlands and Lancashire CSU (MLCSU) has been named as preferred provider of support services to 12 Cheshire and Merseyside Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) with effect from 1 March 2016, following an announcement by the CCGs today.
The support services will include Communications, Human Resources, Procurement, Business Intelligence, Governance, Regional Capacity Management, Procurement and Medicines Management. Other services to be provided include Continuing Healthcare and Individual Funding Requests.
The announcement follows a competitive tendering process which was delivered via the NHS England Lead Provider Framework conducted by Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, South Sefton, Southport and Formby, St Helens, South Cheshire, Warrington, West Cheshire, Wirral, Eastern Cheshire, and Vale Royal CCGs.
Welcoming the outcome, MLCSU’s Managing Director Derek Kitchen said; “This is great news for our organisation and I’m obviously delighted at the CCGs’ announcement.
“Working with Cheshire and Merseyside commissioners is a strong strategic fit, both in terms of our geography and our client base. It gives us a great opportunity to deliver our valued services into new areas while maintaining our delivery to our current clients in the Midlands and Lancashire area.
“We already support commissioning services to more than eight million patients and we welcome the opportunity to support our new clients in commissioning excellent health services for local people. Our mobilisation plans will also include engagement with CCG staff and we look forward to a long and healthy partnership.”
On behalf of the CCGs, Jerry Hawker, Chief Officer Eastern Cheshire CCG said “We are pleased with the outcome and are looking forward to working with new provider. Nationally, this is the first successful wide scale re-procurement using the LPF. Having followed a robust and transparent process, the outcome is a clear reflection of the commitment CCGs and Trusts have shown in working together.”
Midlands and Lancashire CSU serves commissioners and others responsible for a population of approximately 8 million. It employs 1100 staff and its commissioning support services span the entire range from finance, contract management, business intelligence and communications/engagement through to continuing healthcare, medicines management and strategy services.
Services to be delivered by MLCSU across Cheshire & Merseyside include: