Private companies are appointed to provide support to commissioning groupsBMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h769 (Published 09 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h769
A host of private companies have been appointed to provide up to £5bn (€6.7bn; $7.6bn) of commissioning support services to the NHS in England.
Capita Business Services, the business services company Mouchel, and Optum (part of United Health) are among the firms appointed by NHS England to its “lead provider framework for commissioning support services.”1
NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will be expected to use the framework to get support in areas such as finance, contracting, drug procurement, outsourcing, and service redesign. It is anticipated that between £3-5bn of services will be procured through the framework by April 2016, as CCGs need to re-procure many of their support services by this date to comply with European Union procurement law.
Regional commissioning support units that currently provide support to the NHS are also included in the framework. The units are currently subsidised by the NHS but will operate in a competitive and open marketplace from 2016 when they are expected to either become independent companies or to form joint ventures with public or private sector companies.2
Bob Ricketts, NHS England’s director of commissioning support services, said, “I’m delighted about the range of quality providers that have made it onto the framework. I genuinely believe that these organisations have brought together the best services in the market to offer commissioners everything they need to deliver the vision of [NHS England’s] Five Year Forward View.”
Andy Parker, chief executive of Capita, said, “Our approval to join this framework is a testament to Capita’s experience in the health sector and wider public sector. The breadth and scale of services that will be procured through the new framework will transform service commissioning for the NHS and other healthcare providers. We are committed to supporting the NHS in enhancing its efficiency and delivering the best experience and care for patients.”
Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h769