COMMERCIAL: A social enterprise has been named the preferred bidder to provide community services across north Somerset by the local clinical commissioning group.

North Somerset Community Partnership, the incumbent provider of the services, beat Somerset Partnership Foundation Trust to become North Somerset CCG’s preferred bidder for a contract that will be based on outcomes based commissioning.

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The contract will cover the provision of 30 services across north Somerset

The contract, starting in April 2016, will include the provision of 30 services commissioned jointly by North Somerset CCG, North Somerset Council and NHS England.

The deal will be worth £26m a year over five years, with an option to extend for a further two years, a CCG spokeswoman said.

She added that more details about the nature of the care model will be released once the contract is signed.

The contract will include all community based adult health services, some children’s services and specialist community services, such as for patients with Parkinson’s disease.

During the preferred bidder stage of the procurement, commissioners will work with North Somerset Community Partnership to test the care model and refine its implementation before the new contract is formally agreed.

North Somerset Community Partnership chief executive Penny Brown said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the preferred provider for the new community services contract in north Somerset.

“We have worked very closely with patients, staff and partners to develop an exciting and innovative new model of care that we believe will really improve health outcomes for the people of north Somerset. We welcome the opportunity to test our assumptions further and will do all we can to work with our partners to continue to deliver high quality services for the people of north Somerset.”