NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS North Kirklees CCG have announced a joint commissioning decision for the Termination of Pregnancy service.
Following a process using the Any Qualified Provider (AQP)* approach, four providers have been accredited and awarded a contract to provide the Termination of Pregnancy service for the population of Kirklees from 1 November 2019.
This ensures that there is an increase in choice for patients and that there is a consistent approach across Kirklees.
Helen Severns, Service Director for Integrated Commissioning for the two CCGs said: “Until now women have only been able to access the service with providers commissioned by their local CCG.
“Commissioning a service together, and through the AQP route, means patients now have greater choice and easier access to services across Kirklees, or out of the area if they wish, resulting in more timely assessments, follow ups and convenience for patients. All providers will work to the same service specification and quality standards.”
Three providers awarded the contract have already been providing the service in either Greater Huddersfield or North Kirklees; Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, Marie Stopes and The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS).
The fourth provider is National Unplanned Pregnancy Advisory Service (NUPAS).
Under the new arrangements at the time of referral, health professionals will offer a woman the choice of providers that can meet her needs. Providers will also offer women sexual health advice, including contraception.
*Any provider who can demonstrate they are compliant and competent against the specified criteria in the tender documents are eligible to apply for an AQP contract.