Surrey children's community health services procurement
Children’s community health services in Surrey comprise a wide range of community-based services that support physical and emotional health and wellbeing amongst children and young people from birth up to 19 years of age and their families and carers.
NHS and Council commissioners are seeking to secure a provider for Children’s Community Health Services across Surrey, and North-East Hampshire for some elements of the services, to start delivering services on 1 April 2024.
Overview of current services
Children’s Community Health Services comprise a wide range of community-based services that support physical and emotional health and wellbeing amongst children and young people from birth up to 19 years of age and their families and carers. These services focus on:
- preventing ill health
- promoting and supporting child development
- providing targeted and specialist medical, nursing and therapy services
These services are currently provided by Children and Family Health Surrey under an alliance agreement between Central Surrey Health, First Community Health and Care, and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. This contracting arrangement began in 2017 and is due to end on 31 March 2024.
Feedback from families and staff
Engagement and conversations with children, young people, families, carers, and professionals has formed the foundation for a new and innovative approach to delivering Children’s Community Health Services. Families, children, and young people have told us that they want to be able to access support easily and need help navigating complex pathways and services; they want to understand what is available to them and how long they may have to wait.
For many, their experience of Children’s Community Health Services is positive and their needs are met in a supportive and caring way, as is reflected in recent Care Quality Commission reports. However, there are long waits for some services and in some cases children, young people and families are not receiving services that they rely on in a timely manner and/or at the most appropriate/convenient location. Families would also like choice in how they receive their appointments and support. These are some of the areas we aim to address with the new approach.
Engagement with the community, children, young people and their families is critical to the co-development of services.
Surrey Heartlands used several approaches to ensure the voice of our community is heard one of which was to commission a company called Spark the Difference. They were asked to:
- Understand the current experience of children, young people, their families and carers.
- Understand what works well, what isn’t working and where improvements are needed for both service users and professionals.
- Ensure insight from lived experience shapes community health support for children, young people, their families and carers going forward.
Between June and November 2022, Spark the Difference engaged with 96 service users, 43 staff members, conducted 11 site visits, attended local community events and received support from 17 system partners and groups with over 300+ written contributions.
The feedback from this report has been instrumental in shaping our service model and specifications.
We hope you enjoy reading this valuable and informative work.
Childrens Community Health Services Engagement Report [pdf] 7MB
At the end of March, a Prior Information Notice (PIN) was released to the market of potential providers, inviting them to take part in one-to-one provider sessions with representatives from the partnership of organisations leading the procurement process; Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care Board, Surrey County Council, Frimley Integrated Care Board and NHS England.
Here is the summary document of the provider sessions held in April 2023:
Children's Community Health Services Market Engagement Summary [docx] 179KB
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Draft service specification
The specification provides an overview of our exciting and innovative service model for Children’s Community Health Services in Surrey.
Draft Childrens Community Health Service Overarching Specification [pdf] 1007KB