Health & Wellbeing and Children, Families & Learning Cabinet Members – Minutes – 12 October 2016
The corresponding report of the following item (Minute 9 refers) contains exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).
9 (9) COMMISSIONING OF THE HEALTHY CHILD PROGRAMME 0-19 YEARS (HEALTH VISITING AND SCHOOL NURSING SERVICE) – The Director of People submitted a report providing an update on the commissioning of the Healthy Child Programme 0-19 years, and seeking approval to go out to tender for the Healthy Child Programme 0-19 years, including the procurement exercise with NHS England for vaccinations and immunisations for school aged children.
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 transferred a number of Public Health responsibilities from the NHS to the council.
The commissioning responsibility for the Healthy Child Programme (School Nursing) transferred to the council in April 2013 and a new service was commissioned in 2015. The revised service specification extended the age range from 16 years to 19 years and improved accessibility by delivering an all year service focussing on outcomes for children and young people. The School Nursing Service was provided by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humberside Foundation Trust. This contract ended on 31 May 2017.
The commissioning responsibility for the Healthy Child Programme 0-5 years (Health Visiting) transferred to the council in October 2015 under a nationally mandated contract from NHS England. The Health Visiting service was delivered by Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospital Foundation Trust. The contract ended on 31 May 2017.
NHS England had the commissioning responsibility for vaccinations and immunisations for school aged children. The council had continued to work closely with NHS England since the joint procurement of services in 2014 which secured a single provider of school nursing services and immunisation services with separate contracts held by the respective organisations. It was intended to take a similar approach for 2017.
As both contracts for delivery of the Healthy Child Programme expired on 31 May 2017 consultation had been undertaken with stakeholders with a view to re-commissioning a single provider 0-19 service, under a new specification from 1 June 2017.
The report gave full details of the proposed approach, including financial implications.
Resolved – That Option 1 as set out in paragraph 4.1 of the report, to tender the 0-19 service and the 5-19 years vaccination and immunisation service, with the council as the lead provider, be approved.