LPNs will be hosted and supported by 27 area teams which make up the NHS CB, with the area team medical director being responsible for ensuring that local networks are effective.
LEHNs will be one part of a family of managed clinical networks which the NHS CB sees as integral to its new clinical leadership structure.
The challenge is that LEHNs now need to be established and developed effectively in all area teams across England, in accordance with the values and principles of the NHS CB. A single operating framework to guide LEHN establishment, development and functioning has been produced by the NHS CB.
NHS CB will take up its full statutory duties and responsibilities on 1.4.2013 and will play a key role in the UK Government~s vision to modernise the NHS with the key aim of securing the best possible health outcomes for patients by prioritising them in every decision it makes.
The NHS CB requires a comprehensive internal audit service to help meet its role and responsibilities, whilst maintaining the necessary level of professional independence.
The aim of this procurement exercise is to appoint a single provider of assurance services to the NHS CB. These services shall include (but are not limited to) internal audit, governance, risk management, counter fraud services, and other specialist assurance services.