COMMERCIAL: Virgin Healthcare, Serco and Devon Partnership Trust have been shortlisted as potential providers of integrated children’s services in Devon.

The tender, worth about £130m over three years, includes mental health, mother and baby mental care, eating disorders, sexual health, substance misuse, psychotherapy and a low secure mental health unit.

Three consortia have been shortlisted by joint commissioners NHS Devon and Devon County Council and must finalise their bids by next month.

The consortia are Devon Partnership Trust, Barnados, Yound Devon and Interserve; Serco and Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust; and Virgin Healthcare - formerly known as Assura Medical.

Director of strategic commissioning Jayne Carroll said: “Parents and carers of children are involved in the evaluation process and they continue to play an important and active role. Local doctors, health and social care professionals as well as unions, head teachers and safeguarding experts are also involved in this process.

“Our aim is to secure the best possible service and improve health outcomes for younger people while continuing to strengthen integrated community-based health and social care.”

“Please note that child protection assessment is not part of the bid and will continue to be carried out by Devon County Council.”