Just two bidders have been shortlisted in the competition to run the services currently provided by Central Surrey Health, the first social enterprise to come out of the NHS.
NHS Surrey said only Central and North West London Foundation Trust and Central Surrey Health itself had been invited to continue to the “competitive dialogue” phase of the tender.
The social enterprise has provided NHS community nursing and therapy for a population of 280,000 since being set up by nursing director Jo Pritchard and a colleague in 2006.
It describes itself as the “first social enterprise to come out of the NHS”, and has been widely trumpeted as a success story by the government. It is co-owned by 700 plus nurses and therapists in a “John Lewis-style” partnership.
However, the Department of Health has “mandated that this contract must now be re-procured,” according to NHS Surrey, which is managing the tender on behalf of Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group.
NHS Surrey Transforming Community Services programme director Chris Botten said: “The first stage of the procurement process, which involved bidders submitting a Pre-Qualifying Questionnaire is now complete and two bidders have successfully progressed through to the next phase.
“The organisations that have gone through to the “competitive dialogue” stage are Central Surrey Health and Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.
“Final bids will be submitted in September and our intention is to award the contract in the autumn.”
The contract is expected to last five years, with a value of £113m to £125m.
Information supplied to HSJ
7 August 2012