A group of six leading CSUs* known collectively as the Elis Group have invited COBIC to be part of their framework agreement. Through the agreement, the CSUs will be able to access a range of supporting expertise and capacity from COBIC, as well as from other commercial and voluntary sector organisations. As part of winning a place on the framework, COBIC will now be ready to provide support to the CSUs in the areas of:
- Needs assessment: including health needs assessments and equalities impact assessments
- Best practice advice: including evidence reviews and evidence based care pathway redesign
- Organisational development: development of organisation development strategies, and design and delivery of activities to support teams within organisations
- System development: supporting strategic change within and across health and social care systems, and design and delivery of activities to develop effective clinical and public engagement in system wide change.
The six CSUs, will be providing services to over 90 CCGs, covering over 24 million people in the UK, or c. 44% of the population. The CCGs include:
- NHS NEL CSU
- NHS Staffordshire & Lancashire CSU
- NHS North of England CSU
- NHS South West CSU
- NHS Cheshire& Merseyside CSU
- NHS South CSU
Importantly, the Elis Group Framework Agreement will help ensure the CSUs are well placed to respond to NHS England’s national Lead Provider Framework (LPF). The LPF enables CCGs to purchase commissioning support efficiently and will introduce quality criteria and minimum standards to the market. On meeting the requirements of the Framework, COBIC Chairman Jake Arnold-Forster comments, “We are delighted to be accepted onto the Framework. This is an opportunity to provide effective and quality commissioning expertise in areas that can genuinely transform and positively impact the health and care for service users.”
*About NHS Commissioning Support Units (CSUs): CSUs provide a wide variety of services to NHS and Local Authority commissioners and NHS and non-NHS providers of health care. CSUs are hosted by NHS England and seek to improve outcomes, increase satisfaction and deliver the best possible value for money from health services.