Dudley was unique within the New Care Models programme for using a large-scale procurement exercise. This exercise therefore offers lessons for both policy and practice. These lessons are set out in a short ‘lessons from the vanguard’ paper, joint-authored by the Strategy Unit and Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group.
The main conclusion of the paper is that NHS commissioners should be allowed to award an ‘Integrated Care Provider (ICP) contract’ (described below) to an NHS provider without having to undertake a large-scale procurement process. This would enable the NHS to reap the potential benefits of this contractual form while removing the costs of procurement and related concerns around privatisation.
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