Midlands and Lancashire CSU procures £400,000 eating disorder app

Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit has awarded a contract with a value of £400,000 for an eating disorder app, to charitable organisation First Steps ED.

Based in Derby, First Steps ED provides digital support to children who are either waiting for or stepping down from eating disorder treatment from child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). The organisation’s website describes how First Steps ED offers a range of services at various tiers, including counselling and psychotherapy, befriending and psycho-education workshops, and is experienced in delivering support both online and in person.

The newly-published contract award notice shares how the four-year contract runs between April 2023 to the end of March 2027.

In other news on procurement in digital from this region, last week we covered how Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB has opened a £1m tender for digital mental health support for young people.

Black Country ICB has opened an opportunity to procure a range of digital technologies intended to help care users maximise their independence, support daily living activities, reduce the need for intrusive care and reduce social isolation, through a contract worth an estimated £1,141,400.

NHS England has also opened a procurement framework for the provision of digital pathway solutions to support primary care IT with an estimated value of £297,600,060. The scope of the digital pathways services and systems required will cover care navigation; online consultations and online patient/service user request reporting; cross-organisational appointment booking; prescription-ordering; video consultations; communication management; and enabling citizens to view content from their electronic patient record online (with this function to integrate with the ‘Patient Information Maintenance – GP Solution’ capability).