NHS Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group, which is responsible for buying and planning health services for over 305,000 people living in the local area, has today announced that a partnership of local organisations, led by Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, has been awarded the contract to provide adult community services from 1 October 2018. This follows a robust, competitive, procurement process.
The contract will be held by Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, which will work with a number of local organisations through a partnership arrangement, which will be known as the Integrated Dorking, Epsom and East Elmbridge Alliance (IDEEA).
This partnership will bring together Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, CSH Surrey and the three GP federations that operate in the Surrey Downs area (GP Health Partners in the Epsom, Leatherhead and Ewell area, Dorking Healthcare for Dorking practices and Surrey Medical Network for practices in the East Elmbridge area).
The contract is for three years, with a possible extension of up to 24 months before a further procurement process would be required. The value of the contract over the three year period is £61.5million.
Commenting on the news, Donna Derby, Senior Responsible Officer for the programme at NHS Surrey Downs CCG said: “Over the past months we have spent a great deal of time thinking about the type of service we would want for our patients in future, when the current contract ends. We have heard the views of local people, GPs and other health professionals and our key stakeholders and we have used their feedback to design a service that will be more personalised, and more joined up for patients, with local partners working together to provide the best care.
“Following a robust procurement process, today’s contract award is an important milestone and we can now begin to work with members of the new partnership to plan for October, when the new service launches,” Donna added.
Dr Hilary Floyd from GP Health Partners in Epsom, Leatherhead and Ewell, said: “This new partnership is a very exciting development for the region, and is set to have huge benefits for patients.
“It will allow the NHS locally to work more closely together, so whether you need care in hospital, with a GP or in your own home, healthcare professionals across all disciplines will be able to work around you and put the patient right at the heart of all that we do.
“This is a pioneering new partnership working together on a very large scale, and we look forward to its launch later this year.”
Note to editors
The contract for adult community services covers a range of different services including:
- Community nursing
- Rapid Response and Intermediate Care services
- Discharge to Assess service
- Community rehabilitation (therapies)
- Domiciliary physiotherapy service
- Community neuro-rehabilitation service
- Dietetic service
- Podiatry and orthotic service
- Speech and language therapy
- Specialist respiratory service
- Pulmonary rehabilitation service
- Home oxygen assessment and review
- Specialist Heart Failure and specialist Lymphoedema services
- Specialist continence service
- Community diabetes services
- Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone and Parkinson’s Disease specialist service
- Specialist community falls service
- Community Hub Model and community hospital inpatient services