Community Network response to the provider selection regime consultation
We welcome the opportunity to give the views of trusts and CICs on NHS England and NHS Improvement's consultation on the new provider selection regime. The community sector is disproportionately affected by the current procurement arrangements, and we support the decision to move away from competitive procurement rules.
However, the proposals outlined in the consultation document create some new risks and concerns which will need to be addressed before we can fully support these proposals. In addition, given the range of organisational types that make up the community provider landscape, it will be important for NHS England and NHS Improvement to further explore any unintended consequences for different types of community providers.