Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit wins place on key supplier framework


Midlands and Lancashire CSU (MLCSU) has secured a place on the NHS Lead Provider Framework (LPF) - a hugely positive vote of confidence in the CSU and an important assurance of the services we offer to our existing and potential customers.

It’s the only framework that provides the full range of health and social care support services in a fast, simple and cost effective manner. Over the next four years, it is anticipated that between £3bn – £5bn of services will be procured through it.

MLCSU was successful in all three lots of the LPF identified for commissioning support services (clinical and non-clinical): lot 1 – End-to-End Commissioning Support, lot 2a) – Medicines Management and lot 2b) – Supporting Continuing Healthcare and Individual Funding Requests

MLCSU services encompass health economy transformation - for example modelling the demand and capacity requirements for health and social careservices over the next five years across Coventry and Warwickshire. This takes into account commissioner strategies tomove care out of acute settings as well as provider efficiency plansand demographic shifts.

MLCSU also uses its detailed knowledge of the local health economy to support commissioners and providers to turn around services for example working a health economy whose main trust was coming out of special measures.

With an eye on the future, MLCSU is working with clients to share its understanding of integrated care and co-commissioning of primary care, supporting CCGs as the commissioning landscape changes.

Managing Director of Midlands and Lancashire CSU, Derek Kitchen said: “Our success demonstrates that we are recognised as a high quality provider of commissioning support and places us amongst a group of providers offering the best and most affordable services in the market. We are ambitious about supporting our CCGs to succeed and I attribute much of this success to their effective leadership and support of our operating model. Our model has been designed with our CCGs and we take pride in driving innovation and improvement with them in the future.”

“Our successful bid to join the LPF reflects our successful track history of high profile support to commissioners in major health economy transformations, data analysis and strategic support. These have had a real positive impact on the quality of services that our customers commission for local people.”

“Our priority, as always, is to continue to deliver excellent products and services to our existing customers, while seeking out new business.”


Editors’ Notes

  • NHS England developed the Lead Provider Framework (LPF) to enable Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS England and other customers to source some or all of their commissioning support needs. This can range from back office support services to more bespoke services that support local and large scale transformational change projects.
  • Midlands and Lancashire CSU is one of the largest CSUs in the country, providing commissioning support services to over 30 CCGs across England. Our reach extends from Morecambe in the north, to Essex in the south. We provide services to CCGs with a diverse range of commissioning challenges and pressures. For example, we support clinical commissioning to those CCGs who commission services in dense urban cities and towns, industrial conurbations, rural countryside, and coastal towns. This also includes commissioning support services to support populations with varying demographics such as significant affluence or deprivation, ethnically diverse or ageing populations.

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438-450 High Street
West Bromwich
West Midlands
B70 9LD

Tel: 0300 404 2999
E-Mail: midlands.lancashire@nhs.net

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