Bristol NHS compiles shortlist of organisations to overhaul mental health services

Via Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group

Bristol NHS compiles shortlist of organisations to overhaul mental health servicesBristol Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced the five organisations it will work with in more depth to establish which is the most suitable provider of community mental health services.

The contract for community-based adult mental health services includes assessment and recovery, crisis, early intervention in psychosis, and complex psychological interventions. The running costs for the services are estimated around £15 million a year. Read more about the work to overhaul of mental health services in the city.

The announcement follows on from extensive engagement and consultation with service users, carers, community and voluntary organisations and mental health professionals, all of whom helped to design the new service model.

Jill Shepherd, Chief Officer of Bristol CCG, said:

“We are delighted by the response to the procurement and the bidders are all telling us how they will help us deliver our vision for Bristol focused, responsive and modern mental health services for the city.

Our evaluation of the bids has involved more than 30 people including, service users, GPs, Bristol City Council, public health, social care, mental health clinicians, and carers to test whether the plans will work and will really make a difference to patients in Bristol. The whole procurement process is to take a year as we want to ensure that we commission really high quality services that the population of Bristol expect and deserve.”

All the bids have at least one NHS provider within them, working alongside other private, charitable or not for profit organisations and were chosen following work with service users, carers, mental health professionals, community and voluntary organisations who helped to design the new services.

The five bids will now be involved in more detailed discussions with Bristol CCG before submitting further bids in January. The successful bidder will be awarded its contract in May and will take over the running of services next autumn.

The five shortlisted bids are:

  • 2gether NHS Foundation Trust with Big White Wall, Elim Housing and Volunteers Bristol – an NHS trust providing services in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire working with a technology-based mental health service and two Bristol-based organisations.
  • Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, with Second Step, Missing Link, Brunelcare, Off the Record, SARI, Nilaari, Wellspring, Knowle West Health Park and Southmead Development Trust – the NHS trust is currently the main provider of NHS mental health services in the area, and has worked with local charities and organisations on its bid.
  • The Priory Group with Surrey and Borders NHS Foundation Trust – The Priory Group runs a hospital in Bristol and has worked with the NHS trust on the bid.
  • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, with Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and Beacon UK – the London NHS trusts provide mental health services.
  • Optum ( formerly United Health UK) with Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Richmond Fellowship and Care UK – Optum works with all levels of the NHS, Richmond Fellowship is a charity and Care UK runs the Emersons Green Independent Sector Treatment Centre.