The Framework for procuring External Support for Commissioners (FESC): a practical guide

Posted on June 14, 2009. Filed under: FESC, Reports/papers | Tags: |

Department of Health | Leaflet | 12 June 2009

FESC is a practical and cost effective procurement tool to help primary care trusts (PCTs) address gaps in commissioning capability or capacity by providing easy access to high quality commissioning solutions from pre-qualified and experienced private sector partners. This brochure sets out what FESC is, why you should consider using it and how to do so.

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he Framework for procuring External Support for Commissioners (FESC) has been established to provide practical support to PCTs as they work to develop their commissioning skills and move towards being world class. It is a practical, easy to use and cost effective procurement tool available to all PCTs, to help address gaps in their commissioning capability or capacity.
FESC is a route to accessing thirteen independent sector organisations that have been selected as ideal partners to work with PCTs. All thirteen qualified to be on the Framework following a rigorous due diligence and selection process run by the Department of Health. Each organisation has tried and proven commissioning skills; some offer the full breadth of skills across the commissioning spectrum, while others are specialists in specific aspects of commissioning. These organisations can support you on all areas from better assessing need to managing performance and undertaking service redesign.
FESC will deliver commissioning solutions, rather than traditional consultancy services. The business model is based around developing medium to long term relationships which can provide PCTs with vital specialist knowledge and experience.
For these reasons, FESC is different to Catalist and other conventional procurement routes, which NHS organisations have traditionally used for buying consultancy services. FESC is the only framework in place that has the sole objective of enhancing core commissioning skills across the NHS.
With the Framework already in place, FESC will enable you to move straight to procuring the services you need within a competitive environment, allowing you to focus on the task at hand without getting caught up in costly and lengthy procurement processes.

What is FESC?

The Framework for procuring External Support for Commissioners (FESC) has been established to provide practical support to PCTs as they work to develop their commissioning skills and move towards being world class. It is a practical, easy to use and cost effective procurement tool available to all PCTs, to help address gaps in their commissioning capability or capacity.

FESC is a route to accessing thirteen independent sector organisations that have been selected as ideal partners to work with PCTs. All thirteen qualified to be on the Framework following a rigorous due diligence and selection process run by the Department of Health. Each organisation has tried and proven commissioning skills; some offer the full breadth of skills across the commissioning spectrum, while others are specialists in specific aspects of commissioning. These organisations can support you on all areas from better assessing need to managing performance and undertaking service redesign.

FESC will deliver commissioning solutions, rather than traditional consultancy services. The business model is based around developing medium to long term relationships which can provide PCTs with vital specialist knowledge and experience.

For these reasons, FESC is different to Catalist and other conventional procurement routes, which NHS organisations have traditionally used for buying consultancy services. FESC is the only framework in place that has the sole objective of enhancing core commissioning skills across the NHS.

With the Framework already in place, FESC will enable you to move straight to procuring the services you need within a competitive environment, allowing you to focus on the task at hand without getting caught up in costly and lengthy procurement processes.

What range of commissioning solutions can you buy from FESC?

The framework is organised into four categories:

• Assessment and Planning e.g. Health Needs Assessments

• Contracting and Performance e.g. Robust contract negotiation processes

• Performance management, settlement & review e.g. Acute invoice validation

• Patient and public engagement e.g. PCT prospectus

Who are the suppliers?

• Aetna

• AXA PPP

• Bupa Health Dialog

• Partners in Commissioning

• Dr Foster

• Humana

• KPMG

• McKesson

• McKinsey

• Navigant

• Tribal

• United Health UK

• WG Consulting

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