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GPs Invited to Bid for Urgent and Social Care Services in First 'Voluntary' Contract

General Practitioners (GPs) are being requested to bid for the first 'voluntary' contract that will see them providing urgent care, out-of-hours services, mental health services, and adult social care.

NHS Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched the procurement process for its GP-led ‘new models of care’ organisation. The organisation will provide both primary and secondary care. It will be the first area to lay out the new 'voluntary' contract for GPs. A document has been published by the CCG which outline the services that are to be assigned for the area’s Multispeciality Community Provider (MCP). However, non-GP organisations will also be able to bid for this contract.

From 1st April 2018, the MCP will become operational and will carried out some activities currently taken by the CCG including, service redesign, financial management and medicines management.

The CCG’s July board papers shows that the MCP services will cost a sum of £244m, including £4.7m for primary care premises and £25m for primary care contracts.

Additional services that the MCP will take over contain:

  • Community based physical health services
  • Urgent care and primary care out of hours services
  • Adult social care
  • Emergency admissions from care homes
  • All CCG commissioned mental health services and learning disability services

The GP and clinical executive for MCP development at NHS Dudley CCG, Dr Steve Mann said that the MCP is a coalition of the willing. People want to create a real difference to healthcare system and that is going to be an evolving process.

He further added that the primary care has responded to the MCP by creating a 'steering group' intended at sharing info with other GPs 'around the development of the MCP.

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