18 August 2016
Your care your way: preferred bidder announced
The preferred bidder to
coordinate community health and social care services in Bath and
North East Somerset has been announced by the local Clinical
Commissioning Group and Council as Virgin Care.
The decision about preferred bidder follows a long and detailed
process by B&NES Clinical Commissioning Group and B&NES
Council called your care, your way in which they asked local people
what was important to them about their health and social care.
Local people, GPs, councillors and commissioners worked together
to choose their preferred bidder. The announcement from the Commissioners and an http://www.yourcareyourway.org/faqs are
available on the your care your way website.
Services will continue without change until the new contract
commences on April 1 2017. More information about changes in
provider and service model will become clear in November when
Virgin and commissioners will have completed their
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust was one
of five organisations which formed a partnership known as LiNK to
put in a bid for the contract. This included Avon and Wiltshire
Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP), B&NES Enhanced
Medical Services Plus (BEMS+), Dorothy House Hospice Care (DHHC),
Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH) and Sirona
care & health CIC (Sirona). These organisations already provide
high quality services across Bath & North East Somerset.
Commissioners will now be working intensively with Virgin Care
negotiating the detail of the arrangements; they will decide in
November whether they award a contract to Virgin Care.
Commissioners reserve the right to recommence discussions with LiNK
in the event they are unable to reach agreement with Virgin
Dr Andrew Smith, Chief Executive of BEMS+ who chairs LiNK's
Chief Executive Group, said: "This is a very disappointing result
for the LiNK team, who have worked incredibly hard on the bid and
with such passion and enthusiasm. We are extremely grateful
to everyone involved for all their support and commitment.
"We will now be taking some time for reflection following
feedback discussions with commissioners."