COMMERCIAL: The primary care trust has launched a tender process for organisations seeking to take over its community services.

Trafford had originally planned to merge its provider services with local acute provider Trafford Healthcare Trust, as part of its strategy to form an integrated care organisation with the local authority.

But the trust was forced to put itself up for takeover, after determining that it would not be able to make it to foundation trust status by the government’s 2014 deadline.

A tender invitation published by NHS Trafford states that the PCT is “seeking interest from organisations able to provide a range of services which may include community services; as well as specialist dental and mental health providers.”

It continues: “Following the Transforming Community Services programme; NHS Trafford will be undertaking a tendering process for a range of established community services for both children and adults

“Within this process the overall range of services will be grouped together and tendered as part of individual lots according to specialty; this will allow individual organisations to tender only for those groups of services in which they hold specific expertise.

“Trafford PCT is looking to commission providers to work with the organisation to provide services as part of an integrated care service provision.”

These services will consist of the following groups:
                  
Lot 1: Adult Community Services
                  
Lot 2: Children and Young Peoples’ Services (CYPS)
                  
Lot 3: Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)
                  
Lot 4: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
                  
Lot 5: Orthodontics
                  
Lot 6: All Of the Above Services

The proposed timeline for this project would include the issue of a formal advert for expressions of interest in February 2012. Service commencement for all services will be 1 April 2013.