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New provider for Bedfordshire’s mental health and learning disability services announced

23 December 2014

Today (23 December), the Bedfordshire commissioners of £40m mental health, specialist learning disability and child and adolescent mental health services announced its preferred bidder for future services. 

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council are delighted to announce that East London NHS Foundation Trust is the preferred bidder of all its four services.

East London NHS Foundation Trust will be awarded a seven year contract for the new services commencing 1 April 2015. The contract covers; adult mental health services; specialist learning disability services; rehabilitation and recovery services;, and child and adolescent mental health services.

Dr Judy Baxter, GP and clinical director for mental health, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Following an eight-month procurement programme to find new service providers for four contracts I am delighted to announce East London NHS Foundation Trust as the preferred bidder for all service areas.

“East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) is a leading provider of mental health services. It was the outstanding bidder for all four service areas. The Trust provided assurance of its track record for delivering services of a high standard and its ability to drive change, transform services and achieve excellence.

“The new contract means patients will receive care from services that are centred on their needs, with an emphasis on compassion and empathy. They will have improved access to Bedfordshire-wide services, providing seamless care across adult and children’s health and social care services.

As part of our work to develop the new model of care we consulted service users and carers. In addition, users and carers, including a panel of young service users, and Healthwatch interviewed the final bidders as part of the selection process. ELFT demonstrated that it puts the service user at the heart of everything it does and ensures that they have a strong voice in continuous service development.”

Dr Robert Dolan, chief executive, East London NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to be the preferred provider of mental health services for Bedfordshire. This is good news for us and is a reflection of our excellent reputation for delivering high quality clinical services in East London.

“We see some real similarities between local communities in East London and the local communities in Bedfordshire. We think this makes us well placed to deliver services there and improve the quality of care for patients.”

Judy added: “We, the commissioning organisations, are committed to the development of mental health and learning disability services. This new contract enables us to be more efficient and provide better value for money across both health and social care services that will be high quality, safe, fit for purpose and sustainable.”

Notes to editors

For further information contact:

BCCG’s communications team, 01525 864 406, communications@bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk

Bedford Borough Council’s communications team, Justine.Halsey@bedford.gov.uk

Central Bedfordshire Council’s communications team, louise.manders@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

East London NHS Foundation Trust’s communications team, 0207 655 4189,


Notes to editors

·         The due diligence phase of the procurement exercise concludes at the end of February. With the new contract commencing 1 April 2015.

·         The annual contract values, across the three commissioning organisations, are:

Lot 1 – Steps 1-3 - £2,336,300

Adult Mental Health Services, which includes Counselling, Improved Access to Psychological Therapies and a one year pilot for specialist counselling for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

Lot 2 Steps 4-5 - £32,511,655
Adult Mental Health Services and Specialist Learning Disability Services, which includes Community Mental Health Teams, Assertive Outreach, early Intervention and Psychosis, Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment and Older People’s teams.
In addition, there are in patient and out-patient services, as well as a number of specialist services, including Community Forensic Team, Complex Needs service, Direct Access to Psychology and Eating Disorders.


Lot 3 - £1,726,200
Rehabilitation and Recovery services, which includes clinical interventions, meaningful day opportunities, employment services, peer and mentor support services

Lot 4 - £4,739,600

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). The CAMH service model will be an integrated model across providing early interventions and specialist (from counselling services to crisis support) services.

·         About East London NHS Foundation Trust - Originally formed in 2000, we are recognised as a centre of excellence for innovation and improvement. Our extensive work in research and education has led to a number of pioneering health solutions, giving us a strong academic reputation. Though first established as a mental health trust covering east London, the Trust now also delivers a range of specialist and community-based health services in Newham. We also deliver essential services to a great many people beyond east London. We provide specialist mental health services in north east London, Hertfordshire and Essex, psychological therapies to Luton and Richmond, children and young people's speech and language therapy to Barnet, and our specialist mother and baby psychiatric unit receives referrals from across the south east. We operate from 64 community and inpatient sites, have over 735 general and specialist inpatient beds, employ 3,700 permanent staff and have an annual income of £259m.

·         Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 441,000 people who live in Bedfordshire. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.

·         BCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. All 55 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members of the CCG which is divided into five areas: Bedford, Chiltern Vale, Leighton Buzzard, Ivel Valley and West Mid Bedfordshire and all of the 55 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members.

·         In 2014-2015, BCCG has a budget of approximately £440m to spend on healthcare services for Bedfordshire. You can read more about how BCCG is organised in our constitution. It explains how we operate, make decisions and our governance structures and processes. You can also read our corporate plan which sets out our priorities and aims for 2014-15.

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