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NHS Board confirms talks with private sector over Norfolk CSU

David Bicknell Published 20 February 2013

Commissioning board insists situation is a 'one-off'


The NHS Commissioning Board has confirmed that it has spoken with a number of private companies about one of them running the Norfolk and Waveney commissioning support unit (CSU)

A spokesperson said the board had held discussions with a wide range of organisations and stakeholders in exploring the issue, including voluntary groups, local and regional organisations as well as large national consultancies.

The spokesperson added: "The NHS Commissioning Board is working with Norfolk and Waveney CSU, along with its clinical commissioning group (CCG) clients and the region's primary care trusts (PCT) and strategic health authorities (SHA) to ensure appropriate arrangements are in place when the current interim managing director leaves at the end of March 2013.

"This work has involved discussions with a very wide range of local, regional and national organisations and stakeholders to explore potential solutions, including potential for secondment arrangements from within the NHS.

"This work remains ongoing, and all parties are confident that a solution will be identified in time for handover before April 2013." The NHS Commissioning Board spokesperson insisted the Norfolk situation, discussing options with private companies, was a one-off situation.

In February 2012, the NHS Commissioning Board decided to create and host a sub-regional tier of organisations - the CSUs - to stand between them and the CCGs.

CSUs will be responsible for delivering the IT services currently delivered by PCTs to GP practices as well as the following groups of services:

- Business support services: human resources, payroll, procurement of goods and services, legal services and information management and technology (IM&T).
- Business intelligence: data management and integration centres providing data validation, integration and storage to cleanse, validate and link national and local data sets.
- Healthcare (clinical) procurement (mostly through collaboratives): market management activities, procurement strategy and activities such as procurement project management, commercial and procurement strategy development, technical advice around process compliance.


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