COMMERCIAL Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group has cut the value of its controversial integrated older people’s services tender by £200m, HSJ has learned.

Tender documents published last month cited a “likely contract value of between £700m and £800m over five years” - about a fifth lower than the £1bn maximum value cited in the original advert published in April.      

A spokeswoman confirmed to HSJ the “range of services” being tendered for had changed but said the CCG would not discuss which services had been excluded, and the reasons why.

A statement issued by the CCG said: “The range of services currently out to tender has changed. The cost of the contract is between £130m and £160m per year.”

The services are now being tendered in five different ‘lots’, with bidders given the option to bid for different geographical chunks or as a lead provider overseeing the entire contract.

The document says the contract covers “provision of integrated older people’s pathway and community services for adults, principally (but not exclusively) older people (65 years of age and over)”. It adds: “The pathway includes but is not limited to the provision of acute hospital unplanned care, community services, older people’s mental health services, end of life services, and, possibly, NHS Continuing care, occupational therapy, and intermediate care and re-ablement services.”

HSJ revealed last month that a consortium comprising Cambridgeshire Community Services Trust, outsourcer Capita and private health provider Circle had made a bid. It is understood other possible bidders include Serco and Virgin Health.

The successful bidder or bidders will begin running the services from July 2014.