Supply Huddle Collaboration Tool via G-Cloud
Solution to be purchased on G-Cloud. Department for Health. Read more…
Sale of Shares of Plasma Resources UK Limited
The Department has appointed Lazard and Co Limited (“Lazard”) to act as its exclusive financial advisor in this process and is inviting expressions of interest through the submission of non-binding indicative offers (“Indicative Offers”) in relation to the Proposed Transaction. Read more…
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Research
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Long Term Conditions (LTC) and Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS) Project Phase 1 Competency Framework: Scoping Exercise. Read more…
Health Group Internal Audit External Specialist Internal Audit Services
From April 2013, the Internal Audit function will provide the assurance function for the core Department and its ALBs under a DH Internal Audit ‘Group Operating Model’. Read more…
Friends and Family Test for Department of Health
The Prime Minister announced in May this year that, from April 2013, patients will be asked the ‘Friends and Family’ test to identify whether they would be happy for their friends or family to be treated in a particular acute hospital ward or accident and emergency unit. Read more…
Bosses deny Unison’s assertion that they have decided to close 24 of 30 sites used by helpline service
The national health helpline NHS Direct is to close most of its call centres with the loss of hundreds of nursing and other jobs, according to union leaders.
Unison said 24 out of 30 sites would close at the service, which employs 1,500 frontline nursing and other professional staff.
However NHS Direct bosses denied that they had decided upon any closures as they wait to see if they will be asked to run parts of the new NHS non-emergency 111 phone service.
Sandra Maxwell, Unison’s convenor at NHS Direct, said on Friday: “Hundreds of dedicated nursing and NHS professionals are to be made redundant at a huge cost, when their skills could be used within the new NHS 111 service if only the Department of Health took some decisive action.”
The union’s national officer at NHS Direct, Michael Walker, said: “The secretary of state for health should step in and stop this disaster immediately. We need action and we need it now.
“Axing dedicated hard-working nurses is never a good idea at any time, but this will directly impact on patient care. There is no doubt that patients will suffer as a result of this move.”
Unison said large centres in Bristol, Sheffield, Wakefield, Nottingham, Hull, Stafford, Chelmsford and Newcastle were among those set to close.
A union spokesman said: “Given that many of these NHS call centres are in areas of high unemployment there are very real fears for the staff’s future job prospects.
“The government spending millions on making nurses and NHS professionals redundant at a time when the NHS is under great strain is truly scandalous.”
An NHS Direct spokeswoman said the company had been bidding for contracts across England to provide the 111 service, which is used when a patient needs medical help but it is not a 999 emergency.
The organisation has been awarded contracts to provide the NHS 111 services for 34% of the population in England.
She said the 111 service would be delivered from six of its 30 call centres.
“This does not necessarily mean we will be closing the other sites,” she said.
The organisation was waiting for decisions by the NHS commissioning board before the future of the other centres would be decided, she added.
Every year, NHS Direct answers 4.2m calls for health advice and information for patients in England.
Healthcare professionals, nurses and dental advisers give expert information and advice over the phone and are available 365 days a year.
Nick Chapman, the NHS Direct chief executive, said: “Press reports today that suggest NHS Direct has announced that it is closing a large number of sites are incorrect.
“We have not confirmed that any sites are closing. At this stage we have confirmed which sites we will be keeping open to deliver NHS 111 in the areas where we have been commissioned to provide the service.
“The sites are: Middlebrook, Carlisle, Dudley, Exeter, Milton Keynes and London.
“Home working will be an option for some of our nurses as an alternative to working from a site.
“The future of other NHS Direct sites has not been decided. We are in discussion with the Department of Health and the NHS commissioning board about the future of other non-111 services that we could be asked to deliver before making decisions.”
Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said: “For a while we have said that the plans to replace NHS Direct with 111 are a mistake and will result in nothing more than a pale shadow of what NHS Direct is.
“We have always been huge supporters of NHS Direct and believe it has matured into a highly effective service providing tried and tested quality advice.
“Everyone must be made aware that the government is effectively abolishing this vital service purely on a cost-cutting basis. This is a foolish and ill-conceived decision.
“Recently, an independent report of the new non-emergency NHS 111 service was released, and it showed that, where NHS 111 services had been piloted, the number of ambulance service incidents for NHS 111 triaged calls had increased.
“That adds further costs to the NHS and proves what a false economy it is to dismantle NHS Direct. This will only place increasing pressure on ambulances, A&E wards and GP surgeries, as the nurse-led self-care and telephone advice service is effectively lost.
“Had the consultation on the future of NHS Direct been wider then I am confident that the public would have responded with a resounding ‘no’.”
Integrated Care Research Contract
Contract value:£60,000 – £100,000. The Provision Of Options Appraisal On The Measurement Of Peoples Experience Of Integrated Care. Read more…
Healthy Start Issuing Unit
This is a pre-invitation to tender (ITT) stage for a Supplier Briefing, the purpose of which is to engage service providers at a briefing in London providing an opportunity to: get a clear understanding of what business outcomes DH requires and ask questions as well as critique the current solution, meet representatives of the Department of Health (DH). Read more…
National Gamete Donation Service Tender
The Department wants to amalgamate these requirements into one contract with a single Service Provider carrying out both the promotion of gamete donation and the running of the voluntary contact register, Read more…
Dementia Memory Services Audit
Contract value:£60,000 – £70,000. The project requires an expert team, with a good understanding of the working of the NHS and adult social care services, as well as expertise and credibility in the field of dementia and skills in conducting audit and survey. Read more…