Adult Gender Identity Service Commissioning Timetable

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Dear NHS England,

I would like to request the following information:

a) The proposed timetable for the approval and publication of the adult gender identity surgical and non-surgical specifications that the Medical Director for Specialised Services indicated would be published in Spring 2018.

b) The proposed timetable for the procurement exercise for gender identity surgical and non-surgical services that the Medical Director for Specialised Services indicated would take place in Summer 2018, including the intended date of commencement of new contracts.

c) Any protocol in place regarding interim arrangements for contracting gender identity surgical and non-surgical services for the remainder of the financial year 2018/19 and for any subsequent years or parts of years where it is not anticipated that a valid contract will be in place under the new procurement arrangements.

d) If, in regard to c) the interim arrangements rely upon temporary contract extensions for existing providers, I would like any available contingency plan regarding situations where current providers experience a substantial loss in capacity during this period (e.g. due to surgeons within specialised teams moving or ceasing practice).

e) I would like to request any communications plan drawn up in respect of issues a-d.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Thomas

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FOI, England (NHS ENGLAND), NHS England

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Dear Michael Thomas,

 

Re: Freedom of Information request (Our Ref: FOI-057304)

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) request dated 09 September
2018.

 

Your exact request was:

 

“I would like to request the following information:

 

a) The proposed timetable for the approval and publication of the adult
gender identity surgical and non-surgical specifications that the Medical
Director for Specialised Services indicated would be published in Spring
2018.

 

b) The proposed timetable for the procurement exercise for gender identity
surgical and non-surgical services that the Medical Director for
Specialised Services indicated would take place in Summer 2018, including
the intended date of commencement of new contracts.

 

c) Any protocol in place regarding interim arrangements for contracting
gender identity surgical and non-surgical services for the remainder of
the financial year 2018/19 and for any subsequent years or parts of years
where it is not anticipated that a valid contract will be in place under
the new procurement arrangements.

 

d) If, in regard to c) the interim arrangements rely upon temporary
contract extensions for existing providers, I would like any available
contingency plan regarding situations where current providers experience a
substantial loss in capacity during this period (e.g. due to surgeons
within specialised teams moving or ceasing practice).

 

e) I would like to request any communications plan drawn up in respect of
issues a-d.”

NHS England holds information in relation to your request.

 

For ease of reference, we will answer each of your questions in turn.

 

A)   The proposed timetable for the approval and publication of the adult
gender identity surgical and non-surgical specifications that the Medical
Director for Specialised Services indicated would be published in Spring
2018.

 

The service specifications were published on 28 September 2018 and can be
found here:
[1]https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/survey...

 

B)   The proposed timetable for the procurement exercise for gender
identity surgical and non-surgical services that the Medical Director for
Specialised Services indicated would take place in Summer 2018, including
the intended date of commencement of new contracts.

 

The Consultation Report that NHS England published alongside the service
specifications (same link as above) confirms that the procurement is
planned to commence in the 2018/19 year. The precise timetable for
procurement is still under development pending the outcome of work that is
currently taking place (involving current providers) to develop a future
payment model. New contracts will be adopted in 2019/20 as an outcome of
the process of procurement.

 

C)   Any protocol in place regarding interim arrangements for contracting
gender identity surgical and non-surgical services for the remainder of
the financial year 2018/19 and for any subsequent years or parts of years
where it is not anticipated that a valid contract will be in place under
the new procurement arrangements.

 

The current commissioning protocol for Gender Identity Services will
continue to apply until new contracts are adopted. The commissioning
protocol can be found here:
[2]https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/up...

 

D)   If, in regard to c) the interim arrangements rely upon temporary
contract extensions for existing providers, I would like any available
contingency plan regarding situations where current providers experience a
substantial loss in capacity during this period (e.g. due to surgeons
within specialised teams moving or ceasing practice).

 

This information is not held by NHS England

 

E)   I would like to request any communications plan drawn up in respect
of issues a-d

 

Please see ‘Gender Identity Communications Plan’ attached.

 

Copyright: NHS England operates under the terms of the open government
licence. Please see the NHS England Terms and conditions on the following
link:

 

[3]http://www.england.nhs.uk/terms-and-cond...

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Freedom of Information

Corporate Communications Team

Transformation and Corporate Operations Directorate

 

NHS England

PO Box 16738

REDDITCH

B97 9PT

 

Tel: 0300 311 22 33

Email: [NHS England request email]

 

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