UnitedHealth wins new contract to advise NHS bosses on spending
By Gareth Iacobucci
US-healthcare giant UnitedHealth has won a contract to advise PCT bosses on their spending decisions, as the NHS ramps up the involvement of the private sector.
The three-year deal with Northamptonshire Teaching PCT has been agreed under the Government's Framework for procuring External Support for Commissioners (FESC).
Pulse first revealed in March that UnitedHealth UK was in talks with PCTs about providing commissioning support, along with a list of other rival firms, including Bupa and Humana.
The deal is the second to be signed off by the Department of Health under FESC- following Bupa's agreement with Hillingdon PCT earlier this year.
UnitedHealth UK is one of 14 approved companies on the FESC, with the Department of Health thought to be earmarking up to 80 trusts to agree deals as soon as possible in a bid to kickstart its World Class Commissioning programme.
The company's provider arm currently runs GP services in Derbyshire and Camden, North London, and is understood to be bidding for a host of other APMS contracts around the country.
John Parkes, chief executive of Northamptonshire Teaching PCT, said: ‘We are determined to become a world class PCT that commissions the very best health care services for the people of Northamptonshire. In order to achieve this ambitious goal we need help and support from the experts.
‘FESC is about bringing in the expertise of a leading global organisation to improve our capacity and capability and we're delighted to have chosen UnitedHealth UK to work in partnership with us'.
Dave Ostler, chief executive of United Health UK, said: ‘UnitedHealth has a track record in improving health care for patients world wide.
‘Working in partnership with the PCT, we'll be drawing on our analytical expertise to help assess the health needs of local people and then deploy our tools and technologies that use the best clinical evidence to ensure the highest quality care for local people.'United Health: joins Bupa as second private company to clinch NHS commissioning contract United Health