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Local people wanted to help scrutinize mental health service provider proposals

Health commissioners are seeking local people to act as Assurance and Procurement Public Representatives to support the ongoing programme of improvement to mental health and emotional wellbeing services in east and west Suffolk.

These roles will have an integral role in the scrutiny of bids by existing and potential providers of services to ensure they deliver the very best care and support to patients as well as good value for money for the taxpayer.

The ten-year mental health and emotional wellbeing strategy for east and west Suffolk has been developed by NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Suffolk County Council and the wider community and can be read HERE

As an Assurance and Procurement Public Representative you would be part of the panel to review each bid, including assessment of provider experience, environmental and sustainability management, governance scrutiny and finance, or, you could be part of a tender process or an assurance review of an existing provider.

There are no formal qualifications required for the roles. Lived experience is the most important attribute, together with an interest in the NHS and health care is needed.

Time commitment varies according to each procurement. A panel meeting could last one day.  Travelling expenses will be paid.

Richard Watson, the CCGs’ deputy chief executive, said: “The provision of mental health and emotional wellbeing services continues to improve and we are determined to continue with delivering change that positively impacts people’s lives.

“As we implement that change it’s important any new potential or existing service provider is subject to scrutiny to ensure they can deliver, and this is where the Assurance and Procurement Public Representatives have such an important role to play.

“Their input and scrutiny of bidders will strengthen the procurement process and I urge anyone interested to make contact to discuss the role.”

For more information and link to online expression of interest form click HERE
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