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MLCSU named preferred provider to deliver commissioning support services to Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland CCGs

NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (MLCSU) has been appointed to provide a range of services on behalf of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

The two contracts will start on 1 April 2017 and cover support services and the personalised commissioning service.

The support services being procured include finance, human resources, organisational development, information governance, equality, inclusion and human rights, healthcare procurement, transformation and service redesign, communications and engagement, and business intelligence.

Personalised commissioning services including assessment and review of eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare and Funded Nursing Care for Adults and Continuing Care for Children and Young People. Staff who currently provide these services to the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups will be transferred to MLCSU.

Karen English, Managing Director for East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group who led on the procurement on behalf of the three CCGs, said: “We are pleased to announce that we have awarded a new contract for our support services and personalised commissioning service to Midlands and Lancashire CSU.

“We will continue to work closely with the current provider and MLCSU to ensure safe mobilisation and a safe transition of services, whilst ensuring the staff affected are appropriately supported.”

Derek Kitchen, Managing Director of MLCSU, said: “This is great news for our organisation and I’m obviously delighted at the CCGs’ announcement today, which is a strong vote of confidence in the quality of service we provide. I want to reassure everyone that we will be working with the current provider, Arden & Greater East Midlands CSU, and CCG staff to manage a smooth and professional transition.”

2 thoughts on “MLCSU named preferred provider to deliver commissioning support services to Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland CCGs

  1. Hi does “Personalised commissioning services including assessment and review of eligibility” mean that people receiving long term support will need to be assessed similar to the way disabled people need to be constantly reassessed for DLA

    Also is this physical health and mental health.

    1. Hi Andy,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      The Contract and term ‘Personalised commissioning services’ relates to the new service that we have commissioned from Midlands & Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (MLCSU) and specifically relates to the following:
      • For Adults – Continuing Healthcare (CHC), Funded Nursing Care (FNC) and Personal Health Budgets (PHB)
      • For Children – Continuing Care and PHB
      Many people in England have an ongoing healthcare need as a result of disability, accident or illness. The vast majority get help and support which they have to pay something towards – either through social services charges or because they have enough money to buy the care themselves.
      However, for some people the need for ongoing nursing and/or healthcare support is complex and of such a level or type that they qualify for all their assessed care needs to be met by the NHS, including those personal and social care needs which might otherwise be met by social services or funded by themselves.
      The assessment and review of eligibility to determine whether the individual is eligible for care funded entirely by the NHS will be undertaken by the new provider.
      We understand that the funding arrangements for ongoing care is a complex and highly sensitive area, which can affect individuals at a very vulnerable stage of their lives. The whole of the decision-making process should be ‘person-centred’.
      There has been national guidance available since 2007 which sets out a single, National Framework for determining eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare and for NHS-funded nursing care.
      National Framework is to provide for fair and consistent access to NHS funding across England, regardless of location, so that individuals with similar needs should have an equal likelihood of getting all of their health and nursing care provided free of charge.
      It is not dependent on a particular disease, diagnosis or condition, nor on who provides the care or where that care is provided. If an overall assessment of care needs shows that a person has a ‘primary health need’, they should be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare.
      Individuals and their views about their needs and the care and support are put at the centre of the process. It also means making sure that the individual plays a full role in the assessment and decision-making process and gets support to do this where needed. This could be by the individual asking a friend or relative to help them explain their views.
      A multi-disciplinary team is made up of two or more health or social care professionals who are involved in your care. The assessment will, with your permission, involve contributions from all of the health and social care professionals involved in your care to build an overall picture of your needs. In some cases the multidisciplinary team will ask for more detailed specialist assessments from these professionals.

      Individuals will have a review of their needs after three months and then at least every year.
      You can find more information here: http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/2392.aspx?CategoryID=68


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