Community Health Services Heart and Stethoscope

Does your organisation want to be involved in delivering community health services across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, as part of a multi-million pound contract bid?

Voscur has been approached by Bristol Community Health (BCH) and North Somerset Community Partnership (NSCP) to develop a collaboration framework* of VCSE organisations that supports their long-term commitment to providing health services using voluntary sector partners. If your VCSE organisation focuses on health and wellbeing, you could be one of the strategic partners they are looking for.

BCH and NSCP currently provide adult community health services in Bristol and North Somerset. The Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) will soon start re-commissioning these services across the whole area.

They are looking for a single provider, and the contract could last up to 10 years, based on a seven year contract with a possible three year extension. The total contract value is around £120 million per year.

With widespread community knowledge and experience, established local relationships, skills and expertise, BCH and NSCP have agreed to bid together for this new contract. The tender will be released in January 2019, with a competitive dialogue process** running up to June 2019. The preferred provider will be informed in July 2019 and the new contract will begin in April 2020, following a mobilisation period.

Community Collaboration

In line with the CCG’s expectations, BCH and NSCP are keen to build stronger ties with the VCSE sector. This fits into a new model of holistic care for every patient, based around community hubs and clusters of GP practices. The model will also make much better use of community assets that promote and support self-care.

Both NSCP and BCH have extensive experience of working together with our sector, but know that more can be done and the sector needs to be strengthened; this can be done by VCSE organisations becoming partners.

With this in mind, Voscur is co-designing the VCSE collaboration framework to be as inclusive as possible, and will help identify locality-based VCSE strategic partners across six locations (in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire), supported by Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS) and The Care Forum. The partners will be funded to help shape the contract bid and to deliver this work, starting with local community engagement work in January and February 2019.

Come and Meet Us to Find Out More

We’re looking for organisations like yours to get involved. Sign up to our local VCSE engagement events (13-20 November) and help with the thinking about strategic partners and collaboration.

Please note: if your organisation covers a wider part of Bristol and its surroundings, you don’t need to attend more than one event – just pick one. We anticipate these events will be very popular so, to maximise the number of organisations that can attend (and especially those on a smaller scale), please only apply for one ticket per organisation. 

Bristol North and West: Wednesday 14 November, 9:30am-12pm at Lawrence Weston Community Farm, Saltmarsh Drive, Bristol, BS11 0NJ.
Click here to book your place.

Bristol South: Thursday 15 November, 1:30pm-4pm at The Park, Daventry Road, Bristol, BS4 1DQ.
Click here to book your place.

Inner City and East: Wednesday 14 November, 1:30pm-4pm at Phoenix Social Enterprise, 5 Russell Town Avenue, Easton, Bristol, BS5 9LT.
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Weston & Worle and Surrounding Villages: Tuesday 13 November, 1:30pm-4pm at Locking Castle Church, Jasmine Way, Weston-super-Mare, BS24 7JW.
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Woodspring (Gordano and the Rurals): Tuesday 13 November, 9:30am-12pm, Nailsea Tithe Barn, Church Lane, Nailsea, BS48 4NG.
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South Gloucestershire: Tuesday 20 November, 9:30am-12pm, Armadillo Youth Venue and Cafe, Yate Town Council, Station Road, Yate, BS37 4FW.
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We look forward to seeing you at a locality event this month.

* Collaboration framework = a way of working together
** Competitive dialogue process = a procurement technique for discussing competing bids for the contract