26 April 2013

Inpatient beds excluded from tender

Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group's (CCG) Governing Body has formally approved a full procurement process to secure adult mental health services for the population of Bristol.

But following a recommendation from a mental health stakeholder group, it has agreed that inpatient beds will not be included in the full procurement process and that the CCG will work closely with AWP to develop improved inpatient services through negotiation.

As the current provider of much of Bristol's mental health services, AWP continues to fully support the aspirations of 'Modernising Mental Health Services in Bristol'.

The Trust has willingly agreed to work in partnership with the CCG in improving the use of the city's inpatient beds and welcomes the opportunity to do this in advance of and during the year long tendering process.

Chief Executive Iain Tulley said: "We welcome the opportunity to work with the CCG in relation to inpatient beds and we are confident that this will lead to improvements for the people of Bristol".

Dr James Eldred, the recently appointed Clinical Director for Bristol, said: "We understand that the problems of the past have led to this decision and we recognise the reasons for the CCG's decision to continue to tender other mental health services. However, we believe that changes made over the past six months put us in a strong position to deliver further improvement and we remain committed to being a key player in the provision of mental health services in Bristol.

"When the CCG procurement process is completed, we hope that the time and resources invested in it will be reflected in significant improvements in mental health outcomes in Bristol. In the meantime, we will continue to discuss with the CCG and other partners how we can make further improvements which will deliver as soon as possible the effective, caring and responsive services we all want to see in Bristol."

The CCG says the procurement process has generated significant interest, with a pre-procurement event scheduled for late May receiving interest from more than 70 organisations. The meeting marks the start of the year-long procurement process which will be formally advertised on 5 June 2013. The tendering stages of the procurement will then run through to the end of 2013, with the main evaluation of bids taking places in the first few months of 2014. New contracts will be awarded in April 2014 in order to meet the CCG's planned services commencement date in the autumn of 2014.

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