STRUCTURE: A consortium bid led by social enterprise Locala has been selected as the preferred bidder for a ‘prime provider’ community services contract worth £285m, HSJ can reveal.

The bid also involves South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust, a local hospice and other third sector organisations. Several sources with knowledge of the bidding process have told HSJ this consortium had been named as the preferred bidder.

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The contract includes services such as specialist community nursing

North Kirklees and Greater Huddersfield clinical commissioning groups issued a tender for the Care Closer to Home contract worth £284.9m in November. When it was tendered, they said the contract would run for seven years.

The CCGs announced last month that they had made a decision about their preferred bidder, but said it would be subject to a “standstill” period before a contract is signed and the decision announced.

The commissioners have still not publicly named the bidder, six weeks after the original announcement. Several sources involved in the process told HSJ this was due to queries having been raised about the process.

Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust had led a separate consortium bid for the contract, also including federations of GPs.

HSJ has contacted the organisations involved in both consortiums, but they would not comment as the decision is in the “standstill” period.

Services covered in the contract include community beds, specialist community nursing, community therapy, podiatry, early supported discharge and intermediate care.

UPDATED: 26 June 2015, to include length of contract.