George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust has today announced they are moving forward with their plans to seek a strategic partner to secure a sustainable future for its services and the care it provides to local people after receiving agreement to proceed.
George Eliot’s Board has agreed that it is in the best interests of the hospital, its patients and staff to seek a partner via a competitive procurement process. This enables both NHS and non-NHS healthcare providers to make proposals and for the Trust to ensure that it can choose the best solution to achieve clinical and financial sustainability.
Kevin McGee, Chief Executive of the George Eliot, said: “Following feedback and discussions regarding our plans, we are delighted to have received approval from NHS Midlands and East Strategic Health Authority to proceed. We have a firm vision for the future, and are looking forward to seeing what potential partners can bring to the table. Regardless of the organisation which is chosen through this procurement process, I can assure you that staff and assets will remain a part of the NHS, and patients will continue to receive NHS services”.
An advertisement asking for formal applications from potential bidders will be placed in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) and on the NHS Supply2Health website. A pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) will be issued to organisations registering an interest in partnering with the hospital, and through this questionnaire they will have to prove their capacity and capability to take part in the tendering process. The Trust will then select a number of organisations which will be asked to submit formal proposals.
The overall process, resulting in the selection of a preferred partner for the hospital, is expected to take 12 months.
The Trust has placed a strong emphasis on involving local people, including staff, patients and members of the public in this project. Following an options appraisal exercise involving members of the hospital’s executive team, clinicians, staff representatives and colleagues supported by NHS Midlands & East Strategic Projects Team, a number of engagement events and visits to community groups in the local area were held to discuss the future of the hospital and address any other issues or concerns that people may have This engagement will continue throughout the process.
Click here for more details on the process to secure a strategic partner.