Specialised Services for Tender
The Provision of Complex Specialised Neuro and Spinal Rehabilitation Services for Adults with Brain Injury or Complex Disability Across the North East of England Ref 5DB/09/0001
Tenders were evaluated by a multi-disciplinary panel on 28 & 29 September 2009.
Because of the lack of competitive pricing, the panel declined to make a decision, and subsequently NESCT recommended to NESCG that bidders should be advised that no contracts would be awarded as part of the Supply2Health competitive tender.
All bidders who requested a de-brief have been de-briefed, and their views canvassed with regard to the apparent lack of competitive pricing. All bidders suggested that expanding the remit to cover all current and future neurorehab patients in step forward facilities may offer better value for money.
NESCT are continuing these discussions with the shortlisted bidders and are working closely with the North East Neurosciences Network to improve the care pathway for neurosciences patients requiring step forward rehabilitation, and to increase value for money.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Ref 5D8/09/0005
Tenders were evaluated by a multi-disciplinary panel on 29 September 2009.
On the basis of the four assessment criteria; Quality, Delivery, Risk and Price, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust was assessed by the panel to have submitted the most compliant bid. The assessment panel’s recommendation was endorsed by the NESCG at a meeting in December 2010.
De-briefing sessions have been arranged during April 2010.
Specialised Adult Morbid Obesity Surgical Services Ref 5D8/09/0006
The panel concluded that only City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust (CHS) submitted a fully compliant bid, and recommended that the NESCG should award the contract to CHS.
NESCG were concerned that awarding the full contract to CHS would establish a monopoly provider in the North East as well as emphasising potential equity of access problems in the south of the region. Accordingly NESCG agreed to award a contract for an additional 300 procedures to CHS in addition to the existing contract for 300 procedures (600 procedures in total).
Based on demand forecasts for the North East, 600 procedures per year will not satisfy demand, and so the possibility of establishing a provider of bariatric surgery service in the south of the region is being considered by NESCT.
All unsuccessful bidders requesting a de-briefing session have met with NESCT.