• West London Trust to be lead provider for community services, pending regulatory approval
  • £450m to provide most out of hospital services in a partnership including two other trusts
  • Announcement comes after two rival bidders pulled out of process citing cost concerns

A London trust has been named as the preferred bidder for a £450m community services contract that has been criticised for not offering enough money to meet its service obligations.

Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group today revealed West London Trust will provide community services in the borough for 10 years from May 2019, pending approval by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

The trust, formerly called West London Mental Health Trust, is set to be the lead provider in a partnership including Central and North West London Foundation Trust and The Hillingdon Hospital FT, the CCG said.

The announcement comes a little over a month after two competing London trusts told HSJ they were pulling out of the contract process because they would not be able to provide the service to the necessary quality and safety standards for the sum stipulated in the tender.

In mid-September, London North West University Healthcare Trust’s chief executive told her staff in a letter, obtained by HSJ, that the trust was withdrawing its bid because “there is a significant difference between the cost of this quality of care and the amount that the tender allows us to spend”.

Days later, Central London Community Healthcare Trust’s chief executive said the financial cap of the contract was too low to “provide the safe, responsive and high-quality services that we are committed to as an organisation”.

West London’s chief executive Carolyn Regan said: “Our experience and the expertise of our staff, complemented by those of our partners, put us in a strong position to deliver the improvements which patients, carers and local people tell us they want to see.”

Dr Mohini Parmar, chair of the CCG, said: “West London Trust and their partners’ bid was outstanding and they have shown a clear understanding of what we want to achieve and a willingness to embrace the challenge of delivering fully integrated health and care services.”