Bidding to open for £42m health services framework with Sussex prisons

12th June 2019

NHS England South East seeks to commission a lead provider model for Integrated Healthcare services to Sussex adult prisons, HMP Ford and HMP Lewes, in order to support integrated patient centred care across the full range of health service specialities. This framework fits within the overall offender health pathway within UK prisons.


The total estimated value of this framework is £42,235,000.


The framework will deliver an integrated, recovery orientated service delivery system both within the prisons and onwards into the community. The service will focus on delivering individualised care within structured clinical and psycho-social services in prison and facilitating arrangements through the gate into the community to ensure effective continuity of care.


The chosen provider will be working closely with other healthcare services, including external community and acute health settings. It will also be necessary to develop close collaborative working relationships with the HMPPS management and staff in prisons as well as in other departments within the prison such as education, offender management, and physical education.



The services being commissioned within the framework include:


  • General practitioners provision
  • Primary care nursing
  • Dental services
  • Pharmacy services
  • Implementation of inpatient unit facility at HMP Lewes
  • Substance misuse services
  • Optometry
  • Podiatry
  • Audiology
  • Primary and secondary mental health and learning disability services
  • Health promotion and prevention
  • Appropriate administrative and data management support, including data intelligence and reporting
  • Musculoskeletal therapies
  • Smoking cessation
  • Blood born viruses testing
  • Consultant-led pain management clinics
  • Sexual Health screening


The deadline for bids is currently 31st July 2019.


The contract is due to commence in April 2020. The contract duration will be 7 years.


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