The British Red Cross (BRC) currently holds a contract with NHS England (NHSE) to deliver seasonal surge capacity and support to areas where the NHS is experiencing high demand. The aim of the contract is to provide surge capacity to support Pathway 0 patient flow through hospital discharge and community wrap around support.
The NHS frontline is always under considerable pressure over the winter period as demand for services tends to increase significantly with the onset of cold weather and flu and the continued presence of the coronavirus. This coming winter will be no exception, with some parts of the country and systems already anticipating extreme levels of pressure. Consequently, the BRC are seeking experienced providers to join their seasonal surge provider call-off framework in readiness for the coming winter. They are encouraging more local Age UKs to join the framework in addition to the eleven local Age UKs who are already participating.
The Seasonal Surge provider call-off framework reopens the week commencing 8th August. Applications, along with completion of a requisite due diligence questionnaire, will need to be submitted in early September. On submission of the questionnaire the BRC will review responses and come back with any clarifications. It is the intention to have the process completed by the end of September with sub-contracting being undertaken in October.
Whilst securing a place on the framework does not guarantee future call off, it remains a potential opportunity to receive contract funding and be well-positioned to provide seasonal surge support throughout the duration of the Seasonal Surge Contract (until March 2025) if successfully onboarded to the framework.
The ambition here is to stand ready to support as many NHS sites as possible with critical capacity to enable more people to return home from hospital safely and prevent readmissions.
We are seeking your expression of interest to join the framework ahead of this winter.
Local Age UKs are being invited to indicate their interest in joining the framework. This would suit those operating services that meet the following requirements:
- Assisted Discharge – Reducing hospital length of stay by supporting people who are medically fit to get home quickly and safely, including provision of transport home and settle-in at home services
- Community Wrap Around Support – Reducing avoidable readmissions through provision of community-based support services for up to four weeks, including support to reduce deterioration for individuals who are considered vulnerable
To indicate your interest and receive more information, click here to complete your details by the 1st of August. It takes less than one minute!
You will also be asked to indicate your interest in participating in an hour-long event on the week commencing 8th of August, where you and other brand partners can learn more about the Seasonal Surge Programme, mobilisation and delivery needs, the call-off framework process, including the support available from the BRC throughout the stages of the onboarding process, including registering a supplier account and completion of a due diligence questionnaire.
If you any questions, please contact Kirsty.firstname.lastname@example.org