Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (GHCCG) and North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (NKCCG) have embarked upon a joint procurement to transform the way in which community services are delivered across the Kirklees footprint.
The competitive dialogue process, facilitated by Attain Commissioning Services over an eight month period, enabled the CCGs to explore innovative solutions to enable the delivery of the right care, to the right people, in the right place, at the right time.
The complex procurement, which commenced during October 2014, consisted of three stages whereby commissioners were able to undertake structured dialogue with potential service providers to explore technological solutions, the provision of new care models through a lead provider model and the forging of partnerships with various organisations such as SMEs, the voluntary sector and primary care.
Working closely with clinicians, commissioners, representatives from the local authority and an extremely active patient panel, Attain provided expert commercial advice and leadership in relation to the process and procurement regulations. Attain ensured that the process was compliant and transparent whilst providing assurance that the final solution was robust and sustainable and met the requirements of both CCGs and the Kirklees community as a whole.
The approach proved that a complex procurement can be delivered swiftly and successfully with the key ingredients of having a well designed process and passion, enthusiasm and commitment from key stakeholders (such as, CCG managers, clinicians, local authority colleagues, service users & carers).
Carol McKenna, Accountable Officer GHCCG and Senior Responsible Officer for the Care Closer to Home Programme, stated:
“Attain played a significant role in helping and guiding our organisations through the competitive dialogue process to achieve an excellent outcome for the local population. Following successful completion of the competitive dialogue process within the required timescales, Locala Community Partnerships CIC a local social enterprise has been awarded the £225 million 5 year (with an option to extend for a further 2 years) contract which will commence on the 1st October 2015.”
Chris Dowse, Accountable Officer for NKCCG, stated:
“This has been a challenging but worthwhile journey which shows the benefit that can be derived from a different approach to competition. I would like to thank Attain for their support and commitment they have shown to the CCGs during this process.”