First MCP contract procurement launched to integrate services for 30,000 patients

Dudley CCG has launched the first procurement process for a multispecialty community provider (MCP), advertising for providers interested in running integrated population health and social care services for over 30,000 patients in the town.

Contract: GPs can choose to integrate fully with MCP (Photo: Paul Starr)
Contract: GPs can choose to integrate fully with MCP (Photo: Paul Starr)

Commissioners have published a public notice setting out their intention to begin procurement for the MCP.

The CCG said it expects a single entity to run the MCP, delivering services including community based physical health for adult and children, some outpatient services, primary medical services including GMS, PMS and APMS, local enhanced services, all mental health services, public health, learning disabilities services, urgent care centres and GP out-of-hours care, while adult social care services will be phased in.

GP practices will have the option to integrate with the MCP either fully or partially under models set out in a framework published by NHS England this summer, or to remain outside the MCP.

The MCP provider could initially subcontract services - potentially to existing providers - while additional services could be added to the contract over time.

New models of care

Assessed outcomes for the Dudley contract will be based on population health goals, local quality and outcome requirements and an incentive scheme.

The MCP will receive a single, whole population budget under a 15-year contract expected to begin on 1 April 2018. The full national MCP model contract is expected to be published this month.

Dudley CCG said: ‘This represents a significant and unique opportunity for potential partners. The MCP will bring together services in an integrated manner that has never occurred before in the history of the NHS.

'Through a series of multi-disciplinary teams, the MCP will support people in their homes and communities, working with all partners to enhance individual independence, prevent unnecessary admissions and facilitate speedy discharges.’

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