This is a repeat window of opportunity that allows additional service providers to join the existing Any Qualified Provider (AQP) list. The providers who are already on the existing AQP list do not need to re-apply. As a Qualified Provider there are no guaranteed levels of activity and payment is made based on actual provision of the service.
The commissioner for this service is NHS West Kent CCG.
The Commissioner is supported in this project by NHS South East CSU (the CSU) and its procurement partner NHS Commercial Solutions (NHSCS), which is managing this procurement.
In securing services under the AQP process, the authority needs assurance of competence, quality and safety standards just as it would for services secured under a formal tender process. Any provider will be eligible to join the qualified provider list subject to demonstrating competency against specified criteria. Qualified providers will be expected to deliver the service under the NHS Standard Contract. As a qualified provider there are no levels of guaranteed activity. Payment is made based on actual provision.
The successful provider(s) will be required to sign the relevant national NHS contract for the service, accepting all terms and conditions. The service will be commissioned using Any Qualified Provider process.