Description of the goods or services required
NOUS (Non-Obstetric Ultrasound) for Sussex CCGs
Led by NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG, Commissioners within the seven Sussex CCGs (NHS Brighton and Hove CCG, NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG, NHS Crawley CCG, NHS Eastbourne Hailsham and Seaford CCG, NHS Hastings and Rother CCG, NHS High Weald Lewes Havens CCG, and NHS Horsham and Mid-Sussex CCG) are considering how best to recommission an Non-Obstetric Ultrasound Service (NOUS) Service. The current service currently provides for circa 26,000 scans per annum. Approximate value of contract(s) = £2,500,000 per annum. The Key changes we are considering are as follows;
Coverage: The service will need to be provided across the whole county of Sussex, with proportionate, reasonable coverage of rural areas such that rural populations are not disadvantaged.
Synchronicity: There will be an alignment of services, IT systems, processes, referrals and reporting forms across Sussex.
Quality and Reporting requirements: We are redesigning quality and reporting requirements, to improve assurance, enable better triangulation of information, minimise processing and duplication of scans in Trusts. One of the more significant potential changes for providers will be a requirement to ensure all patient scans and reports are stored into the PACS system for easy access by GPs and Trusts.
Key Aims and Objectives
Determine a clinically improved and robust service model
Identify ways to remove the inequality of service provision across Sussex footprint, including alignment of service specifications where appropriate
Improve quality of patient scans and reports; thus reducing duplication of scans by all Providers
Ensure providers are linked to the (PACS) system to share timely images with secondary care easily
Remove unwarranted variation in service provision across Sussex
Reduce inappropriate and incomplete referrals from Primary Care
Address inefficiencies for both commissioners and providers arising from lack of monitoring and reporting
Use Lessons Learnt from recent audits to improve the service offered to patients
The Commissioners are currently considering the optimal contract duration for the service but envisage that this may be for a period of either 3 or 5 years, possibly with an option to extend.
The purpose of this RFI is to gauge market interest and gain feedback via the RFI response form for the provision of Non-Obstetric Ultrasound Service (NOUS) Services and provide the CCG with valuable information to help update and improve the current service specification.