How will we choose who co-ordinates the services?
Commissioners and patients are currently working together on the end of life procurement process. The patient champions got involved with the programme due to their experience of cancer and end of life care. They are part of the decision-making process and have been an integral part of the programme since the beginning. The programme has adopted a ‘co-design’ approach which means that experiences and voices of patients have been at the heart of our approach.
The programme has adopted a ‘co-design’ approach which means that experiences and voices of patients have been at the heart of our approach.
We are looking for an organisation or consortium that will work with NHS commissioners and the organisations delivering services. The role of the successful organisation or consortium will be to integrate services and make sure every step of patient care is joined up. Our aim is to provide a level of care that is among the best in Europe.
The procurement process allows the NHS and other public bodies, charities and private companies to bid for contracts like this one. The bidders may put forward proposals to work alone or as a group. Some of the organisations already providing health and social care services in the area are private companies, alongside other organisations from the NHS and public sector. The contract could be awarded to an organisation or group of organisations from any of these sectors.
The end of life care contract will be awarded to the organisation or group of organisations that are able to deliver the most significant improvements for people at end of life in three key areas: survival rates, patient experience and helping people to die in their place of choice. Throughout the course of the contracts they will continue to be held to account on their performance in each of these areas.