02 December 2016
£34.6 million contract awarded to deliver children's community services.
A £34.6 million contract has been agreed with a new
partnership of experienced, local, not for profit and NHS
healthcare providers led by Sirona care & health CIC and
including AWP, to deliver community health services for children
and young people in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
This follows extensive involvement of young people, their
families, carers and professionals advising NHS Bristol and South
Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups and their partners as
to exactly what they would like to see from children's community
Through the consultation process, young people advised that they
would like a reduction in waiting times, earlier interventions,
flexible appointment times and coordinated care through a key
worker model. All of these elements will be delivered over the
lifetime of the new contract. A full consultation report is
available on the CCGs' websites.
Feedback was received from over 1200 service users, their
families and carers. Many of this came as a result of an
innovative, interactive website www.yourhealthyfuture.org created
specifically for this consultation.
Services that fall within the scope of this contract
include; health visiting, school nursing, child and adolescent
mental health (CAMHS), speech and language therapy (SALT),
occupational therapy and physiotherapy, community paediatricians,
community nursing and a range of dedicated services for vulnerable
children including children in care, children with learning
disabilities, children with life limiting conditions and children
with drug and alcohol problems.
The successful partnership will be led by Sirona care &
health and include Bristol Community Health CIC, Avon and Wiltshire
Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and University Hospitals
Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.
The contract has been awarded following a competitive
tender process, led by NHS Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group on
behalf of NHS South Gloucestershire, Bristol City Council, South
Gloucestershire Council and NHS England.
The decision was made this week by the Governing Bodies of NHS
Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group (Tuesday 29 November) and NHS
South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (Wednesday 30
November). A 10-day stand-still period will now take place before
heads of terms are signed with the prime provider.
Dr Kirsty Alexander, Clinical Lead for Children's Health
Services said: "Firstly I want to offer our sincere thanks to the
young people who gave their time and energy to this process in
helping us draw up what services would look like and evaluate the
"As a result, the children and young people of Bristol and
South Gloucestershire, and their families and carers will have
coordinated, person-centred care, designed around their own
"This partnership, under the experienced leadership of
Sirona care & health, has demonstrated that it can deliver
first class community health services with the needs of young
people and their families firmly at the heart."
Becky Pollard, Bristol's Director of Public Health said: "I am
pleased that following an extensive consultation, young people in
the area will continue to benefit from strong community health
services, which are designed to support children when they need
Professor Mark Pietroni, South Gloucestershire's Director of
Public Health, said: "This new contract for a range of children and
young people's community health services has been developed
following extensive involvement of young people, their families,
carers and professionals. We have listened carefully to all of the
feedback received through the consultation and look forward to
working closely with our partners to continue to improve the care
and support offered."
Janet Rowse, Chief Executive of Sirona Care & Health,
added: "Together with our partners in Bristol
Community Health, Avon and Wiltshire NHS Partnership Trust and
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, we are committed
to providing the best possible care and support for children, young
people and their families in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
"Since we were awarded the one year contract in April 2016
we have seen some fantastic work from staff which we plan to build
on further as we continue to improve what is offered over the next
few years. We know that joined up services across areas and across
physical and mental health services will be key to ensuring we can
meet the needs of children and their families which is why our
partnership working is so important to us.
"Crucial to this will be working with children, young
people and their families so we understand what they want, what
they need and how they would like the services to be provided. They
will be an integral part of developing the services for the
The new contract will take effect from 1 April 2017 and run
until 31 March 2022.
Children and young people receiving services will be fully
informed of the changes. Sirona care & health will ensure
continuity of care for all patients as they move from interim to