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Commissioners announce preferred community health services providers for Nottinghamshire

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire health commissioners are pleased to announce that Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has been selected as the preferred bidder for a range of five year contracts to deliver a range of adult and child health services in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire (excluding Bassetlaw).

Nottinghamshire Hospice has been chosen to deliver End of Life Care in Nottingham North and East, Nottingham West and Rushcliffe areas.

The successful bidders were chosen following a comprehensive procurement process, led by Nottinghamshire GPs and with extensive consultation with local people.

The new contracts, which will begin in April 2016, include the following services:

  • Rushcliffe Adult Integrated Care Teams
  • Nottingham North and East Adult Integrated Care Teams
  • Nottingham West Adult Integrated Care Teams
  • Community Nursing Evening and Night Service (Nottingham North and East, Nottingham West, Rushcliffe)
  • Integrated Children and Young People’s Health Services
  • Children in Care Nursing
  • Adult Allied Health Professionals: (Nottingham North and East, Nottingham West, Rushcliffe) – Dietetics (including Paediatrics), Speech and Language, Community Podiatry, Podiatric Surgery, Diabetes Education Programmes
  •  End of life support (Nottingham North and East, Nottingham West, Rushcliffe)

In addition, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has also been selected to deliver a three-year contract for Short Term Rehabilitation services (Lings Bar Hospital and Intermediate Care) for Nottingham North and East, Nottingham West, Rushcliffe, and Nottingham City.

Commenting on the contracts, Sam Walters, Chief Officer of Nottingham North and East said: “We are delighted to announce Nottinghamshire Healthcare and Nottinghamshire Hospice as the providers of community health services. Both organisations have an excellent reputation for delivering safe, high quality care to the people of Nottinghamshire.

“They were awarded the contracts following a robust procurement process, during which they demonstrated they could provide sustainable, high quality services that provide value for money.
“This procurement has allowed us to further integrate services, and provide more opportunities for the providers to work with health and social care partners to deliver transformation projects. The new contracts will ensure focus is on improved outcomes for patients.

“Over the next few months, we will be working with the current and new providers to ensure a smooth transition of services. For our patients, it’s business as usual and they will continue to receive high quality community health services.”

The Trust’s community services are provided by Health Partnerships (HP). Paul Smeeton, Chief Operating Executive of Health Partnerships, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Trust has been chosen to deliver these services for the communities in Nottinghamshire. This will provide a period of stability for our staff in which they can engage with patients and continue to develop services for the future in a creative and innovative way – ensuring that patient care remains the most important thing we think about.

“I look forward to continued successful relationships with our partners to deliver these services to the best of our ability, especially Primary Integrated Community Services Ltd (PICS), who worked with us on the services in Nottingham West and Nottingham North and East, East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and Nottingham Emergency Medical Services (NEMS).

“The tender process has created an ideal opportunity to further develop and improve our new integrated health services by streamlining the number of different services into a more coordinated offer for patients.”

Dr Kelvin Lim, a General Practitioner and Director of PICS said “The provider alliance of NEMS, EMAS , PICS and Nottinghamshire Healthcare is an exciting opportunity to ensure that the residents of Nottinghamshire are able to access health services appropriately and in a timely fashion. At PICS we are keen to work with our fellow colleagues to ensure we deliver holistic care throughout the patient journey.”

Rowena Naylor-Morrell, Chief Executive Officer of Nottinghamshire Hospice, said “Nottinghamshire Hospice are delighted to be chosen by the three CCGs, to put in place an integrated end of life pathway to improve the palliative care and support available to patients, carers and families across the south of Nottinghamshire. We are committed to supporting the transition of our own and partner’s current services to meet the ambitions of Rushcliffe, Nottingham West and Nottingham North and East Clinical Commissioning Groups to create sustainable services through creativity and collaboration.”

Contracts will begin on 1 April 2016. Over the coming months, we will be working with the current and new providers to ensure a smooth transition of services.

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