Procurement, tendering and contracting

NHS Chorley and South Ribble CCG is responsible for buying healthcare services to meet the needs of local people.

Buying these services involves a process called commissioning, which can include monitoring the contracts of organisations that provide existing services, as well as running competitive tendering opportunities for new or revised services.

As buyers of healthcare services we have a responsibility to make sure we make commissioning decisions in a fair and open way, that we get value for money, and that we are meeting the healthcare needs of our population.

We regularly review local health services so that we can identify ways to improve their quality and efficiency, and also so we can work to improve choice, access, and experiences for patients.

We aim to offer the people of Chorley and South Ribble a wide range of accessible, high quality and easy to use services to help them stay healthy and improve their wellbeing.

Improving patient choice

Any Qualified Provider (AQP) is a procurement policy that will help to increase choice and personalisation in NHS funded services for patients and the public.

AQP is being implemented following a national listening exercise to consider which health services would benefit from having increased choice.  Service providers can apply to be a specific AQP service based on quality and not price.

Patients referred to the new AQP services will be able to choose from a list of ‘qualified’ providers who meet agreed service quality requirements and the relevant local specifications.

The aims of AQP are to:

  • Increase choice and access of health service providers for patients.
  • Improve quality and outcomes of health services.
  • Drive innovation and efficiency of health services.

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