Outsourcing of commissioned (eg health) services

Kevin Donovan made this Freedom of Information request to NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group

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Dear NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group

1. Please provide a list of the commissioned services that are currently outsourced by NHS Wirral CCG to private providers.
2. What are the names of the providers of these services?
3. Please specify the amount paid and for which services to Virgin Care and to Peninsula Health - separately or collectively.
4. Please clarify whether Virgin Care is paid directly or indirectly via Peninsula Health.
5. Please specify the amounts within the quantum allocated to the twenty individual practices which are partners in Peninsula Health and the purposes to which these sums have been devoted.
6. When awarding contracts does the CCG take into account the tax arrangements of contractors (for example by using Ethical Consumer's ratings for likely use of tax avoidance strategies)?

Yours faithfully,

Kevin Donovan

nhswirralccg foirequests (NHS WIRRAL CCG), NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group

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Ref No: ID368
 
Dear Mr Donovan,
 
Thank you for your email of 18^th December 2015 requesting information
about Outsourcing of commissioned health services.
 
Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days. 
 
If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact me.
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Jordan Lane
Corporate Officer (FOIs & SARs)
Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group
Old Market House, Hamilton Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 5AL
t: 0151 651 0011 (ext XXXX)
e: [1]Email [email address]
w: [2]http://www.wirralccg.nhs.uk
f (safe haven): 0151 643 5445
 
 
 
 

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nhswirralccg foirequests (NHS WIRRAL CCG), NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group

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Re No: ID368
 
Dear Mr Donovan,
 
Please can you clarify the time period that your request in relation to,
would this be in relation to the current financial year 2015/16 or a
different period?
 
Many thanks
 
Jordan Lane
Corporate Officer (FOIs & SARs)
Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group
Old Market House, Hamilton Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 5AL
t: 0151 651 0011 (ext XXXX)
e: [1]Email [email address]
w: [2]http://www.wirralccg.nhs.uk
f (safe haven): 0151 643 5445
 
 
 
 
 
_____________________________________________
From: nhswirralccg foirequests (NHS WIRRAL CCG)
Sent: 18 December 2015 15:23
To: [FOI #307716 email]
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Outsourcing of commissioned
(eg health) services
 
 
Ref No: ID368
 
Dear Mr Donovan,
 
Thank you for your email of 18^th December 2015 requesting information
about Outsourcing of commissioned health services.
 
Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days. 
 
If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact me.
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Jordan Lane
Corporate Officer (FOIs & SARs)
Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group
Old Market House, Hamilton Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 5AL
t: 0151 651 0011 (ext XXXX)
e: [3]Email [email address]
w: [4]http://www.wirralccg.nhs.uk
f (safe haven): 0151 643 5445
 
 
 
 

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nhswirralccg foirequests (NHS WIRRAL CCG), NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group

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Ref No: ID368
 
Dear Mr Donovan,
 
I have been asked to contact you to with regards to question 5 of you FOI,
are you able to clarify if you are asking for, of the costs paid to
Peninsula, how much relates to referrals from the practices in partnership
with Peninsula Health?
 
Many thanks
 
Jordan Lane
Corporate Officer (FOIs & SARs)
Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group
Old Market House, Hamilton Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 5AL
t: 0151 651 0011 (ext XXXX)
e: [1]Email [email address]
w: [2]http://www.wirralccg.nhs.uk
f (safe haven): 0151 643 5445
 
 
 
 
 
_____________________________________________
From: nhswirralccg foirequests (NHS WIRRAL CCG)
Sent: 21 December 2015 12:22
To: [FOI #307716 email]
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Outsourcing of commissioned
(eg health) services
 
 
Re No: ID368
 
Dear Mr Donovan,
 
Please can you clarify the time period that your request in relation to,
would this be in relation to the current financial year 2015/16 or a
different period?
 
Many thanks
 
Jordan Lane
Corporate Officer (FOIs & SARs)
Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group
Old Market House, Hamilton Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 5AL
t: 0151 651 0011 (ext XXXX)
e: [3]Email [email address]
w: [4]http://www.wirralccg.nhs.uk
f (safe haven): 0151 643 5445
 
 
 
 
 
_____________________________________________
From: nhswirralccg foirequests (NHS WIRRAL CCG)
Sent: 18 December 2015 15:23
To: [FOI #307716 email]
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Outsourcing of commissioned
(eg health) services
 
 
Ref No: ID368
 
Dear Mr Donovan,
 
Thank you for your email of 18^th December 2015 requesting information
about Outsourcing of commissioned health services.
 
Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days. 
 
If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact me.
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Jordan Lane
Corporate Officer (FOIs & SARs)
Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group
Old Market House, Hamilton Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 5AL
t: 0151 651 0011 (ext XXXX)
e: [5]Email [email address]
w: [6]http://www.wirralccg.nhs.uk
f (safe haven): 0151 643 5445
 
 
 
 

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Dear Jordan [nhswirralccg foirequests (NHS WIRRAL CCG)]
Thanks for your message. And thanks for the opportunity to specify which information I need.
Of the costs paid to Peninsula, how much relates to referrals from the practices in partnership with Peninsula Health? I would like to know how much Peninsula Health receives in total AND how much relates to referrals from the practices in the Peninsula Health partnership.
Best wishes - and have a very happy new year,
Yours sincerely,

Kevin Donovan

Kevin Donovan left an annotation ()

Dear Jordan [nhswirralccg foirequests (NHS WIRRAL CCG)]
I hope you had my last clarification - the 'system' has asked me for it twice.
If not, I said:
Thanks for your message. And thanks for the opportunity to specify which information I need.
Of the costs paid to Peninsula, how much relates to referrals from the practices in partnership with Peninsula Health?
I would like to know how much Peninsula Health receives in total AND how much relates to referrals from the practices in the Peninsula Health partnership.
Best wishes - and have a very happy new year,
Yours sincerely,

Kevin Donovan

nhswirralccg foirequests (NHS WIRRAL CCG), NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group

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Ref No: ID368
 
Dear Mr Donovan,
 
Please find attached a response to your recent Freedom of Information
Request along with support documentation.
 
 
Thanks
 
Jordan Lane
Corporate Officer (FOIs & SARs)
Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group
Old Market House, Hamilton Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 5AL
t: 0151 651 0011 (ext 1801)
e: [1]Email [email address]
w: [2]http://www.wirralccg.nhs.uk
f (safe haven): 0151 643 5445
 
 
 
 
 
_____________________________________________
From: nhswirralccg foirequests (NHS WIRRAL CCG)
Sent: 18 December 2015 15:23
To: [FOI #307716 email]
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Outsourcing of commissioned
(eg health) services
 
 
Ref No: ID368
 
Dear Mr Donovan,
 
Thank you for your email of 18^th December 2015 requesting information
about Outsourcing of commissioned health services.
 
Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days. 
 
If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact me.
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Jordan Lane
Corporate Officer (FOIs & SARs)
Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group
Old Market House, Hamilton Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 5AL
t: 0151 651 0011 (ext XXXX)
e: [3]Email [email address]
w: [4]http://www.wirralccg.nhs.uk
f (safe haven): 0151 643 5445
 
 
 
 

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Dear nhswirralccg foirequests (NHS WIRRAL CCG),

Thanks for the information provided.

Can you explain why, although your answers include no reference to Virgin Care, the website of that company shows the following Virgin Care "services we offer" as being offered (from a building of a GP practice which is a partner in Peninsula Health)?

Wirral Audiology Service
Peninsula Audiology Service
Second Floor
Birkenhead Medical Building
31 Laird Street
Birkenhead CH41 8DB

Wirral Community Dermatology Service
Wirral Dermatology Service
31 Laird Street
Second Floor
Birkenhead Medical Building
Birkenhead CH41 8DB

Wirral Community Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Service
Wirral Community Ear Nose and Throat Service
Second Floor
Birkenhead Medical Building
31 Laird Street
Birkenhead CH41 8DB

Wirral Community Orthopaedic Service
Wirral Community Orthopaedic Service
Second Floor
Birkenhead Medical Building
31 Laird Street
Birkenhead CH41 8DB

Wirral Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Service
Wirral Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service
Birkenhead Medical Building
Second Floor
31 Laird Street
Birkenhead CH41 8DB

Wirral Nerve Conduction Studies Service
Wirral Nerve Conduction Studies Service
31 Laird Street
Birkenhead Medical Building
Second Floor
Birkenhead CH41 8DB

Wirral Physiotherapy Service
Wirral Physiotherapy
Second Floor
Birkenhead Medical Building
31 Laird Street
Birkenhead CH41 8DB

Wirral Podiatry Service
Wirral Podiatry Service
Birkenhead Medical Building
Second Floor
31 Laird Street
Birkenhead CH41 8DB

Wirral Rheumatology Service
Wirral Rheumatology Service
Birkenhead Medical Building
31 Laird Street
Birkenhead CH41 8DB

Yours sincerely,

Kevin Donovan

nhswirralccg foirequests (NHS WIRRAL CCG), NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group

Dear Mr Donovan,

As explained in our response to question 4 in our recent correspondence to you, NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) holds a contract with Peninsula Health LLP for the services listed and as a result, only makes payments to Peninsula Health LLP, and not Virgin Care directly. With that in mind, the CCG has no direct contractual relationship with Virgin Care and hence is not listed as a service provider in the information supplied.

Many thanks

Jordan Lane
Corporate Officer (FOIs & SARs)
Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group
Old Market House, Hamilton Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 5AL
t: 0151 651 0011 (ext 1801)
e: Email [email address]
w: http://www.wirralccg.nhs.uk
f (safe haven): 0151 643 5445

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Dear nhswirralccg foirequests (NHS WIRRAL CCG),

Many thanks for the information.

Yes, I can see from your answer that your contractual relationship is with Peninsula. The issue remains that Virgin Care advertises and list the details for nine "services we offer" (all from a Peninsula building - which I think was funded by the Virgin predecessor).

So can you tell me who is paying Virgin to offer these services ? They are clearly the same as the Peninsula services so can I assume that Peninsula pays Virgin?

There is a problem in that the chair of the Peninsula partnership refuses to answer freedom of information questions (saying - from an NHS email address funded from my taxes) that his private partnership is not subject to the FOIA.

Furthermore he refuses to reveal anything of the various related financial arrangements telling me that “Disclosure of this information would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of both the LLP and the CCG , as the information would become available to the LLP’s competitors and organisations which may, in future, bid to provide services to the CCG.”

Yours sincerely,

Kevin Donovan

nhswirralccg foirequests (NHS WIRRAL CCG), NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group

Dear Mr Donovan

The CCG is not informed of payment mechanisms between Virgin Care and Peninsula LLP and can therefore furnish you with no additional information on this matter.

Jordan Lane
Corporate Officer (FOIs & SARs)
Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group
Old Market House, Hamilton Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 5AL
t: 0151 651 0011 (ext 1801)
e: Email [email address]
w: http://www.wirralccg.nhs.uk
f (safe haven): 0151 643 5445

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