COMMERCIAL: Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale’s clinical commissioning group will this week be asked to approve the award of a £1.36m contract for community IV therapy to not-for-profit provider Mastercall.

A paper going to the CCG’s board on Friday states that the three members of staff providing its current service will be offered the chance to transfer to the new provider, under TUPE regulations.

“Currently patients who have chronic disease such as Bronchiectasis, Leg ulceration, Diabetic Foot Ulceration and Cellulitis frequently require hospitalisation for IV therapy to manage long term and acute infections,” the paper states.

“There is an opportunity to improve current pathways for these patients through the provision of a Community Based IV Therapy service. (CBIVTs) The service will be offered to all patients GP registered within Heywood Middleton and Rochdale and Bury health economy circa population of 400,000 residents.

“The service will operate 24/7, be responsible for accepting referrals, assessing and managing all patients requiring Intravenous Therapy onto the caseload whilst retaining clinical responsibility for these patients until the point of discharge.”

The provider beat Pennine Care Foundation Trust to win a tender for the contract, it continues. It adds that “despite being unsuccessful in the tender”, Pennine Care “has agreed to continue with the existing service until 31st May 2012 to allow mobilisation of the new service.”