• Partnership of non-profit and NHS organisations awarded £34.6m a year children and young people’s community services contract in Bristol and south Gloucestershire
  • Led by Sirona Care and Health and includes Bristol Community Health CIC, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust and University Hospitals Bristol FT
  • Contract to provide health visiting, school nursing, child and adolescent mental health, community paediatricians, community nursing until 2022

A partnership of non-profit and NHS providers have been awarded a multimillion pound contract to provide children’s community services in the South West.

The new £34.6m a year contract to provide children and young people’s community services in Bristol and south Gloucestershire has been awarded by the region’s clinical commissioning groups and councils to the partnership led by Sirona Care and Health CIC.

The services included in the new contract include health visiting, school nursing, child and adolescent mental health, community paediatricians, community nursing.

Following the award of the contract yesterday, there will be a 10 day standstill period before the new contract, which will run from April 2017 to March 2022, is signed.

Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group led the procurement process on behalf of South Gloucestershire CCG, Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council and NHS England.

The CCG’s clinical lead for children’s health services, Kirsty Alexander, thanked the 1,200 people who were involved in advising health leaders what they wanted from the services.

She said service users, their families and carers asked for: a reduction in waiting times; earlier interventions; flexible appointment times; and coordinated care through a “key worker” model.

Dr Alexander added: “This partnership, under the experienced leadership of Sirona Care and Health, has demonstrated that it can deliver first class community health services with the needs of young people and their families firmly at the heart.”

The partnership – which includes Bristol Community Health CIC, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust, and University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust – has been providing the children’s community services since April 2016 under an interim contract after the previous one with North Bristol Trust ended.

Sirona was also the leader of a consortium of more than 60 organisations that provided 200 health and social care services worth £69.2m a year across Bath and north east Somerset, but lost it to Virgin Care.

Sirona chief executive Janet Rowse said the new contract will allow the teams to build on the work they have been doing since the interim contract began in April.

She added: “We know that joined up services across areas and across physical and mental health services will be key to ensuring we can meet the needs of children and their families which is why our partnership working is so important to us.

“Crucial to this will be working with children, young people and their families so we understand what they want, what they need and how they would like the services to be provided. They will be an integral part of developing the services for the future.”