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NHS to tender out 20 categories

The new tender pre-qualification questionnaire has now been released. It includes the following areas of tendering for Primary Care Trusts.

Assessment and Planning
1. Assessment of health needs
2. Reviewing Service Provision (jointly with Local Authority)
3. Deciding Priorities
4. Designing Services
5. Shaping the Structure of supply
6. Managing Demand
Contracting and Procurement
7. Commissioning of primary care services
8. Procurement for extended primary care services
9. Contracting and procurement for secondary care services
Performance Management, Settlement and Review
10. PbR transactions
11. Budget and activity management
12. Performance management
13. PBC operating processes
14. Collection and analysis of patient feedback and GP intelligence
Patient and Public Engagement
15. Compilation and publication of PCT Prospectus
16. Referrals and advice on choices (inc. Choose and Book)
17. Responding to patient-initiated petitions to review service provision and quality
18. Development of effective strategies for patient, public and community engagement
19. Development and implementation of communications strategies
Other
20. [Bidder to specify]

For the following service segments
Service Segments
AH-U Acute Health Services - Unplanned
PC Primary Care (‘First Contact’) Services
AH-P Acute Health Services - Planned
CS Community Services
MH Mental Health and Learning Disabilities
SS Specialist Services
SC Social Care Services
AS Ambulance Services

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