Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCG) needed to change the way its older people’s and adult community services were provided, as it faced a funding shortfall of £250 million in the five years to 2018–19. It wanted to provide a better and more integrated service to patients, while at the same time making efficiencies through reduced hospital admissions. In November 2014, following a competitive tendering process, it awarded a five-year contract for £726 million to UnitingCare Partnership, a limited liability partnership, to provide these services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The partners in UnitingCare Partnership were Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. The contract began in April 2015 but was terminated in December that year after only eight months, because of a failure to reach agreement on contract cost. The termination led to unfunded costs incurred by UnitingCare Partnership totalling at least £16 million, which had to be shared between the two trust partners and the CCG, worsening their financial positions and reducing the money now available to provide patient services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
14 November 2016