COMMERCIAL: A pair of clinical commissioning groups in the east of England have decided to retender their community services for only one year.

West Suffolk and Ipswich and East Suffolk CCGs said the unusual move is being taken to give the commissioners and their partners time to complete a review of local services.

The contract, which includes an option to extend for an extra year, is valued at £50m-£60m and will start in September 2015.

The commissioners will continue to work with the current provider, Serco, until that contract expires.

Wendy Tankard, chief contracts officer for West Suffolk CCG and Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG, said: “In 2013 both CCGs began a health and care review, with their healthcare partners, to develop a model of care that is patient focused, high quality, affordable and integrated.

“While the health and care review continues… and with no contract provision to extend, the CCGs have jointly issued a tender to identify a suitable provider.

“This contract length will ensure Ipswich and East Suffolk and West Suffolk CCGs, and their partners, have adequate time to complete the in-depth, wide ranging review of health and care services.”