The final phase begins – Oxfordshire CCG Adult Mental Health

The final phase begins – Oxfordshire CCG Adult Mental Health

COBIC are delighted that Oxfordshire CCG (OCCG), one of the largest Clinical Commissioning Groups in the country, are one step closer to transforming adult mental health services through an outcome based contracting approach. This will bring a number of key services together into one umbrella contract that builds the care around the needs of the patient.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust together with voluntary sector partner organisations (Connections Oxford, Elmore Community Services, Oxfordshire Mind, Response Organisation and Restore) have formed the Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership. The CCG have assessed the capability through the ‘most capable provider assessment’ and are now proceeding to contract negotiation.

The new approach will transform how services users and carers experience mental health services and allow greater freedom for providers to design and innovate. COBIC and its consortium partners Swan Ltd. and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. have supported the CCG to develop the outcomes, indicators, and incentives set within the NHS Standard Contract.

These outcome goals identified with Oxfordshire’s public include:

  • People with severe mental illness will live longer
  • People will improve their level of functioning
  • People will receive timely access to assessment and support
  • Carers will feel supported in their caring role
  • People will continue to live in stable accommodation
  • People will have better physical health

Karen Foster, Managing Director comments, “Oxfordshire’s decision is a major step forward in transforming adult mental health and care services, and demonstrates their commitment to engagement with service users in the co-design and decision-making process. It signals not just in Oxfordshire, but elsewhere also, that forward thinking commissioners’ and providers’ are creating the conditions whereby they can reshape their services and genuinely meet the needs of the communities they serve.”

Oxfordshire aren’t alone in applying the COBIC model. Along with Oxfordshire, other CCGs leading the way on outcomes based commissioning include Cambridgeshire (Older People), Bedfordshire (Musculoskeletal), Bexley (Musculoskeletal, Cardiac), Herefordshire (Urgent Care), Croydon (Older People), and Staffordshire CCGs and Macmillan (Cancer & End of Life).

COBIC – Capitated Outcome-Based Incentivised Commissioning – is a common sense approach to securing both value for money and better outcomes for patients. As a contracting approach, COBIC releases commissioning and providing organisations to get the best out of their responsibilities handed to them from the NHS reforms.