1.1 NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) spends c.£300m annually on health services for the population of Portsmouth. Achieving good value for money from this expenditure continues to be a key aim of the CCG. From April 2015, the CCG assumed responsibility for the commissioning and contracting of GP services for Portsmouth City, delegated to the CGG from NHS England under national primary care co-commissioning arrangements
1.2 The procurement of commissioned services in the NHS has been subject to an increased drive for further transparency in the process and outcomes of any competitive market procurement. NHS procurement is expected to demonstrate it has taken into account all EU and UK law in relation to procurement, competition and collaboration.
1.3 Portsmouth CCG aims to ensure any potential conflicts of interest are identified and managed in an open manner in line with the CCG’s Managing Conflicts of Interest Policy. This Policy includes specific provisions for managing potential and perceived conflicts of interest related to primary care co-commissioning and complies with NHS England’s statutory guidance ‘Managing Conflicts of Interest: Statutory Guidance for CCGs’ (December 2014, revised in June 2016 and June 2017). The CCG has appointed a Conflicts of Interest Guardian who oversees the systems and processes for the management of conflicts and publishing conflicts of interest information.
1.4 With the NHS reforms resulting in new organisations and relationships from April 2013, the CCG will be expected to procure a significant element of its organisational capability for commissioning from Commissioning Support agencies. The CCG will be expected to identify its requirements and set out a procurement process for securing this capability from a market place of commissioning support providers.
1.5 This procurement framework sets out the principles and process the CCG will adopt in transacting its business in relation to procuring and contracting with market providers for the delivery of clinical services as well as commissioning support.
1.6 This framework should be read in conjunction with the CCG’s managing Conflicts of Interest Policy.
1.7 The application of this framework will take account of the shared aims and principles agreed by the Portsmouth & South East Hants health and social care partners.