News about Children’s Community Health Services

We wanted to bring you up-to-date with what is happening to the Children’s Community Health Services, and reassure you in case you’ve heard any strange rumours going around.

Future Children’s Community Health Services from April 2017

From April 2017 Children’s Community Health Services are being re-commissioned. This includes services provided by:

  • North Bristol Trust (NBT) in partnership with Barnardo’s – the Community Children’s Health Partnership (CCHP)
  • University Hospitals Bristol Trust (UHBT) – Community Nursing
  • Sirona – Lifetime Services
  • Off the Record – Counselling Services

This is a routine process, and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (SGCCG) and South Gloucestershire Council, together with Bristol CCG as lead commissioner, have taken the opportunity to seek users’ views on how to make services better. South Glos Parents and Carers(SGPC) has been working closely with them and Bristol Parents Carers to ensure parent carers views are collected by:-

  • Running 3 engagement sessions for you to have your say on current service provision
  • Forming small working groups of parent carers to work with commissioners on the proposed specifications for the new services
  • Promoting the survey regarding stakeholders views which had an excellent response rate
  • Requesting meaningful parent participation at all levels of the new service.

The proposed new service model will be available for public consultation from the 3rd September 2015 for a 12 week period. SGPC will be running an engagement session in Novemberwith the CCG and Council which is your opportunity to tell the commissioners if the proposals written reflect what you have told them as well.

After this consultation period, the tender process will begin and a service provider will be awarded a 5-year contract. They will deliver the new service model from April 2017, according to the specifications that parent carers are working on right now with commissioners.

SGPC will stay engaged in this process – so if you’d like to know more or to get involved, please send us an email or keep an eye out for future opportunities to get involved in your inbox.

In the Meantime

The current contract with NBT to run the Community Children’s Health Partnership (across Bristol and South Gloucestershire) expires on the 31st March 2016.

NBT was asked to extend their contract for the interim 12 months between the current contract ending and the newly re-commissioned service beginning, but has decided not to do this.

Do not worry, the commissioners are seeking an interim provider for the service until the new model of care can start in April 2017. The interim provider will run the CCHP contract as it currently is. All NBT children’s community staff – your therapists, community nurses and paediatricians, CAMHS – will simply transfer to the new interim provider.

The process to find bidders for the 12-month interim contract began on Tuesday 23rd June when an advert was placed. Aannouncement will be made by commissioners when an interim provider has been selected.

It cannot be assumed that the interim provider and the winner of the longer 5-year contract will be the same provider or company.

If you have any questions about what is happening to your children’s health services, please do see SGCCG’s website for contact details:

Or email us here at SGPC and we’ll contact the commissioners for clarification.

Thanks for reading, and very best wishes,

Rachel Trueman

CEO South Glos Parents and Carers