William Eichler 18 October 2018

Virgin Care awarded contract to deliver Lancashire health services

Virgin Care awarded contract to deliver Lancashire health services image

Virgin Care has been identified as the preferred bidder for the delivery of 0-19 public health services in Lancashire after a legal challenge forced a reevaluation of the bid.

The county council awarded the contract to Virgin Care in November 2017. However, a legal challenge from Lancashire Care and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS foundation trusts (LCFT and BTHT respectively) led to a re-run of the procurement process.

The new process, re-run with a new independent panel of senior experts, saw Virgin Care’s bid score more highly than the joint bid made by LCFT and BTHT, who currently provide the services.

The contract award decision is now subject to a 10 day standstill period, which is a legal process required under EU procurement law.

The existing contract will continue to be run by LCFT and BTHT until the end of March next year, ensuring no disruption to services should the appointment of Virgin Care be confirmed after the end of the standstill period.

Cllr Shaun Turner, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: ‘Virgin Care has now been selected as preferred bidder to provide a range of new public health services for children aged 0 to 19 after the conclusion of this procurement process.’

‘This contract will ensure there is a consistent range of 0 to 19 services across the whole county, available to all, with additional support for those who most need it,’ he continued.

‘Our aim has always been to help narrow the gap in health between different groups and communities, while integrating more closely with other children's and family services.

‘We know this is an unsettling period for staff and once the standstill period has been completed they will be fully informed about the next steps.’

In June this year, Virgin Care reached an out-of-court settlement worth £2m after an £82m contract providing medical services for children in Surrey was awarded to NHS providers and a social enterprise.

Surrey CC paid out £440,000 while NHS England and six clinical commissioning groups paid a combined £1.6m. Another £243,000 was spent on legal fees.

Restoring the glory days of the British seaside image

Restoring the glory days of the British seaside

The traditional seaside resort is having a hard time, new figures on bankruptcies show. But experts say a combination of support and greater freedom could turn them around, as Mark Whitehead found out.
Highways jobs

Senior Manager – Older Adults – Residential Care

Cumbria County Council
£68,709 - £71,218
This pivotal role requires leadership and management of the Council's twenty in house Residential Care services Carlisle, Cumbria
Recuriter: Cumbria County Council

Education, Health and Care (EHC) Co-ordinators

Buckinghamshire Council
£30,874 - £37,188 per annum
Interested in a career as an EHC Coordinator? Come along to our drop-in event to meet members of the SEND team and find out more about the role! England, Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury
Recuriter: Buckinghamshire Council

Interim Head of Housing and Regulatory Services

Tile Hill
£400-800 per day
Interim Head of Housing role working with an award winning council in the North West. North West
Recuriter: Tile Hill

Senior Technical Officer

Newport City Council
£30,507 - £33,799
We are pleased to be seeking individuals to fill a new Senior Technical Officer post within Highways.    Newport (Casnewydd)
Recuriter: Newport City Council

Assistant Director – Digital & Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Wigan Council
Competitive Salary
The next phase of our digital journey must also reflect the ambitions across our organisations to drive forward at pace our agendas Wigan, Greater Manchester
Recuriter: Wigan Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores how councils can tackle modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains, finds out more about Cambridge's first cohousing scheme and the launch of a new project to build a shared service pattern library for local government.

This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

Register for your free magazine