NHS England will fund integrated care systems to spend up to £42m on management consultancy help with their elective recovery plans this year, it has confirmed.
NHS England has agreed a deal worth at least £21m with a group of several leading advisory firms, according to tender documents. The seven consultancies selected to potentially provide the work are: Bramble Hub Limited, Deloitte LLP, Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG LLP, McKinsey & Company, Newton Europe, and PwC LLP.
The firms will make available “short-term analytical and planning support” to the 42 ICSs in England under the contract, worth up to £500,000 per ICS, between 1 February and 31 March.
There will also be an option to extend this support to September this year, which would double the contract value to £42m. The ICSs can call on this help, but are not required to.
It indicates NHSE will be asking ICSs to carry out substantial work on elective recovery planning in the coming months, even though they are not due to be put on a statutory footing until July, and have not yet appointed their executive teams.
Full story in The HSJ, 7 February 2022