As we are responsible for commissioning (or buying) healthcare services from a range of providers, this process involves contracting with various organisations and can include tendering opportunities.
Clearly, we need to ensure that we make decisions and commission services in an open and transparent way and we must provide value for money while meeting the healthcare needs of our local population.
As a result, we are always looking for ways to improve efficiency, create more choice, improve access and increase patient satisfaction.
This regularly creates a number of tendering opportunities, all of which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder
Any qualified provider
The any qualified provider (AQP) programme aims to improve the quality of NHS services for everyone. It will also enable the Government to fulfil its commitment to increasing choice in NHS-funded services and make services more personalised for patients and the public.
AQP was developed following a national listening exercise to consider which health services would benefit from having increased choice. Service providers can apply to be added to the list of qualified providers and selection will be based on quality rather than price, which raises standards and ensures that only the most appropriate suppliers are chosen.
If, as a patient, you are referred to a new AQP service you will be able to choose from a list of appropriate ‘qualified’ providers that meet all agreed service quality requirements via locally agreed specifications.
The aims of AQP are to:
- Increase choice and access to health service providers for patients
- Improve quality and deliver better outcomes for health services
- Drive innovation and efficiency within health services
Find out more
All opportunities to provide clinical services to the NHS are advertised online, which also contains more information about what AQP means for patients in their local area.
Appointment of external auditors
Following changes to the local external audit arrangements in the Local Accountability Act 2014, NHS Trusts and CCGs need to procure and locally appoint their own auditors for 2017/18 and subsequent years.
Both Governing Bodies agreed to the appointment of KPMG as their external auditors for a further two years. This decision was taken on the advice of the CCG’s Auditor Panel.