NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for shaping and designing the healthcare services that local people need, then selecting the best providers to run them. The process of commissioning a provider to run a service is called procurement.
We follow public procurement regulations and guidelines when determining the form of procurement and our approach.
- Our Procurement Strategy which sets out how the CCG will develop its procurement activities and meet its legal duty with regard to compliance and regulations
- Our Procurement Policy which sets out the principles and processes in relation to clinical services procurement
- Our Local Competition Dispute Resolution Policy which outlines the local process for disputes
NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) procures services from a range of providers. Contracts vary from small one-off purchases to large service contracts. When procuring services we ensure fair opportunity, competition and value for money.
The form of procurement we use varies depending on the nature of the product or service being procured but can include Any Qualified Provider, competitive and non-competitive tendering.
The regulations mean we cannot favour provider simply because they already have a contract with the CCG, or because they are an NHS organisation, or located in our area, or are employing local people.
In adherence with requirements of the document “Managing Conflicts of Interest: Statutory Guidance for CCGs” published in December 2014 by NHS England, CCGs must maintain a register of procurement decisions taken, which includes the details of the decision, who has involved in making the decision and a summary of any conflicts of interest in relation to the decision and how this was managed by the CCG. This enables the CCG to demonstrate that it is acting fairly and transparently and in the best interest of its patients and local population.
You can read the Register of Procurement Decisions here.
Invitation to tender - The Wellbeing Café
Reference number: MCCG Wellbeing 001/07/2016
Subject: Provide all services for The Wellbeing Café
Lead Contact: Sharon Dosanjh
Closing date: 31 August 2016
Description of requirement
The Wellbeing Café supports a range of service users and carers to be able to cope with and better manage conditions that may impact on their mental and physical health. The Café operates as part of the continuum of support services, working closely with both statutory and voluntary sector providers to ensure that individuals are signposted to, make use of, and are referred on from the service, in an appropriate and timely way.
The Wellbeing Café is intended to offer additional support for people with mental health problems outside of normal office hours. Providing a safe place for people to go and receive support.
The Aims of the Wellbeing Café are to:
- provide out of hours support to people experiencing mental health problems which do not require hospital admission and can be supported by suitably qualified counsellors, mental health support workers, volunteers and peers;
- help prevent the escalation of mental health problems and thereby avoid a mental health crisis and potential S136 admissions;
- form part of a crisis care pathway and help prevent unnecessary referrals to secondary mental health services, A&E departments and other emergency and out of hour’s services;
- improve and support individual mental health and wellbeing and increase independence and self-management through education, peer support, social engagement, counselling, sign posting & care navigation;
- reduce social isolation, stigma and discrimination for mental health users; and
- people in a crisis can access services conveniently, have greater choice, and can network with peers to provide mutual support and guidance.
The Wellbeing Café contributes to service transformation by providing de-stigmatizing community based, non-clinical, recovery based, out of hours support; which promotes choice and control, and supports the development of self-management and coping strategies through participatory methods, peer support and community connections. The café may also provide the basis for further work exploring the use of personal budgets and self-directed support for those with long-term conditions.
The Medway Wellbeing Café, established in November 2014 has successfully provided activities and social support to people who, primarily as a result of psychological distress, may otherwise use unscheduled care services, such as A&E, NHS 111 or MedOCC, the Crisis Team or be subject to a Section 136.
This service has been provided by the Sunlight Development Trust in Medway as a pilot. Medway CCCG would like to commission this service on a longer term basis and are offering an annual grant of £70,000. The successful applicant must be able to provide the service from 1st October 2016 and work with the current provider on a transition so that anyone who is using the current service is carefully managed into the new service. The wellbeing café must be located within Medway and meet the requirements set out in service specification and is a condition of grant.
Organisations who wish to be considered for this grant will need to:
- make a detailed proposal showing how they will meet the requirement;
- where premises have not been identified for delivery an outline needs to be developed for premises “aspiration”;
- provide 3 years certified or audited accounts with annual report; and
- give 2 references for grants or contracts already.
The award process will be to consider the most appropriate applications based on meeting the requirement. Unclear or non-compliant proposals will be rejected. The most appropriate proposer may be asked to present their proposal to a panel.
Please download the specification document here. Medway Wellbeing Cafe Service Specification for Grant
All completed tenders should be sent by post to:
The Wellbeing Cafe Tender
NHS Medway CCG
Fifty Pembroke Court
Invitations to Tenders and Quotations
Reference Number: MCCG 001/04/2016
Subject: Patient Experience and Patient and Public Engagement PILOT – Invitation for Solution Proposal and Quotation
Value: To be assessed as part of the response to the specification due to the request for innovative solutions. However, the pilot is not assessed as being an EU threshold value or commitment by the CCG.
Lead Contact: Denise Darrell-Lambert
Closing Date: Monday 9th May 2016 12:00pm
Further Information: Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (MCCG) is committed to purposeful patient experience and engagement that is coordinated, systematic and embedded across the CCG’s work and commissioning programme. By developing our existing frameworks and implementing new initiatives that provide meaningful patient engagement, MCCG can ensure patient views and experience are the focal point of any decision making process and inform strategic objectives. Monitoring, measuring and evaluating the overall impact of patient experience and engagement through clearly defined outcomes and objectives, will allow the CCG to record success, identify improvements and refine its processes. Request for quotations is undertaken on the basis that it will be for a Medway Pilot area and will be run for a period of 12 months. MCCG reserve the right not to accept any quotations. Requests for the specification can be obtained electronically by email from email@example.com.