Patients and the public are being invited to get involved in the recommissioning of assisted conception services for NHS patients in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
The services include in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and other specialist licensed treatments that help eligible couples achieve a successful pregnancy quickly and safely.
Currently, the services are provided by North Bristol Trust (NBT) under a contract with Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). The contract expires at the end of November and the CCGs are now preparing to appoint a new provider to continue provision from December.
Services will be commissioned on the same basis as before and local NHS patients will continue to be able to access the same range of treatments.
A draft specification detailing the services to be delivered by the new provider has been published and patients and public are being invited to review the specification to make sure the service continues to meet patients’ needs.
All comments must be received by Friday 30 June.
Once the specification has been finalised, providers will be invited to tender for the contract over the summer. It is anticipated that the new provider will be announced in the autumn.
As part of the exercise, the CCGs are also seeking a patient representative to take part in the recommissioning panel.