An update on commissioning
The Integrated Health and Care Commissioning team oversees most of the commissioning contracts for Public Health. Here is a summary of some of the current contracts that are out to tender:
Contracts for public health services delivered by GP practices (chlamydia screening, smoking cessation, IUCDs, sub-dermal implants and NHS Health Checks) are currently being distributed to all 147 practices across the county. 160 contracts for services delivered by community pharmacies (smoking cessation, chlamydia screening, Emergency Hormonal Contraception) have been distributed.
Expressions of interest have been received from 27 community pharmacies to take part in the Alcohol Information and Brief Advice service pilot. Twenty five will be chosen across the county to reflect the areas of highest problematic alcohol use.
The procurement of the new integrated sexual health service is well under way, and a number of pre-qualification questionnaires have been submitted by organisations who would like to tender for the contract. These are being assessed and organisations were invited to tender in late July, with a view to awarding the contract in September.
The new service should go live from April 2015, providing consistent access to a full range of sexual health and family planning services across the county. HIV treatment services will not be part of the new service, but the contracted organisation will be expected to work with HIV services. HIV testing services will remain unaffected.
Drugs & alcohol
Following a successful pilot, expressions of interest have been received from organisations wishing to tender for the new Telephone Counselling Service. The new service will go live from September 2014, and will provide access to counselling services for those unable to attend traditional alcohol treatment services. The service will be part of an alcohol treatment pathway for people with learning disabilities.
A review of recovery focussed drug and alcohol treatment services began in July to consider current services and assess the ability of the system to respond to the needs of carers, families and those with complex needs.