Following a freedom of information (FOI) request in August 2016 for contracts covering 2016/17, the Health Foundation received details of 7,494 contracts awarded by the NHS for the provision of NHS funded community care from 161 (78%) clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).
Key findings based on these data show that:
- NHS providers hold over half (53%) of the annual financial value of the contracts for community care awarded by the health service. Private providers were awarded 5% of the total value of the contracts, the third sector (charities) were awarded 2% and GPs were awarded 1% of the value. The remainder went to ‘other’ providers (36%) – a diverse group made up of community interest companies, social enterprises, local authorities and others reported as non-NHS.
- Looking at the number of contract shows a different picture, with private providers holding more contracts (39%) than NHS providers (21%). GPs held 12% of contracts, the third sector 11%, and other providers 13%.
- This shows that contracts awarded to NHS providers tend to be of higher value then those for non-NHS providers. The average annual contract value for the NHS was over £3.5million. For the private sector it was £200,000, for the third sector it was £250,000.
- Three-fifths (58%) of contracts were reported to last just two years, with nearly half (45%) for 12 months or less.
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Via The Health Foundation http://www.health.org.uk/