Team behind Circle deal in new NHS hospital project

The NHS team which developed the historic takeover of Hinchingbrooke hospital has confirmed it is helping find a ‘strategic partner’ for a trust in the West Midlands. 

NHS East of England’s Strategic Projects Team is supporting the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton, West Midlands, in its search for a partner that will provide “clinical and financial sustainability”.

The Strategic Project Team’s remit has recently expanded with the merger of NHS East of England, NHS West Midlands and NHS East Midlands.

The team, reporting to Dr Stephen Dunn (now director of policy at the West Midlands and East cluster), developed a number of innovative contracts with the private sector in 2011 and says it is on track to deliver £2 billion of deals in 2012. 

As well as Circle’s historic takeover of NHS Hinchingbrooke, due to start in February, the team is working on a competitive tender to find an NHS or non-NHS body to organise the integration of £390 million worth of services across the region.

Outsourcing giant Serco is the only remaining bidder for a £400 million contract to run Anglia Support Partnership (ASP), an NHS body providing back-office services in the region. And Assura Medical and Serco are among nine organisations shortlisted in a £43 million community services deal in Suffolk.
After the deal between NHS Hinchingbrooke and Circle finally gained approval in November, Dr Dunn told HealthInvestor such a contract can now easily be repeated elsewhere: “We anticipate this is a model that allows the very fast delivery of the franchise model in the future," he said. 

Date published: January 9, 2012

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