Contracting for Primary Care Services at
Grange Farm Medical Centre, Nottingham
What is happening at Grange Farm Medical Centre?
All GP practices hold a contract to deliver primary care medical services to local patients in England and Wales. There are different types of contracts, the majority of contracts are open-ended but there are some newer contracts in place that are time-limited. These are known as Alternative Provider Medical Services (APMS) contracts.
Grange Farm Medical Centre operates under an APMS contract. The current contract is coming to an end on 30 September 2021, much like any contract held professionally or privately, there is a process to follow to ask anyone interested in obtaining this contract to tender for it. This is required in accordance with procurement regulations which the NHS must adhere to.
A contracting process will commence with the aim to ensure that a service provider will be appointed in plenty of time for a smooth handover between the old contract and the new one, delivering continuity of service for patients.
Who is leading this process?
NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and paying for healthcare in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
The CCG will put in place arrangements to identify a service provider who will be required to demonstrate they can provide a service that will deliver high quality primary care services for patients registered with Grange Farm Medical Centre. Prospective bidders will be required to demonstrate their understanding of the patient population and the patient reported experience of using the service. This will be based on patient feedback which is available for this practice, for example the annual national GP Patient Survey. They will be required to explain how they can maintain or deliver improvements for patients.
The process to be followed will include:
- Publishing the Prior Information Notice
A notice is published publicly informing “the market” (potential bidders) that the CCG will be intending to re-procure the APMS contract for this practice. Some information is released at this stage.
- Publish the Invitation to Tender
“Invitation to Tender” means the bidding process is now open for interested parties to submit a bid for the new contract. This process is done online and monitored by both the CCG and NHS England to assure transparency and equality for all applicants.
The Tenders (applications to be the Contract holder) are reviewed and scored by a panel.
The new contract is awarded to the successful bidder.
The new Contractor begins to put in place all the plans needed to ensure the continuation of patient services under their new Contract as the provider for Primary Care Services.
The CCG will be making sure that GP services continue uninterrupted and there is nothing that patients need to do.
Will there be any changes to the services offered at the practices?
There are no planned significant changes to the services provided.
What does this mean for staff and patients?
Services will continue to be provided from the existing premises following the conclusion of the contracting process.
For patients an obvious concern is that the doctors, nurses, receptionists and managers who are employed at the practice would be replaced by new staff as a result of the re-contracting process. However, it is the organisation that holds the contract to run the services that may change, rather than the people it employs to provide those services as those staff will be eligible to transfer to the new provider under Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations (TUPE).
For the staff, legal safeguards are in place to ensure that, if the current contract holder doesn’t win the bid, any member of staff who would like to remain at the practice will be employed by the new contract holder.
If you have any questions or queries please contact our Patient Experience Team by phone from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) or by email.
Telephone: 0115 8839570