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New Local Health Partnership Awarded Multimillion Pound Contract

28 September 2016

A new local health partnership has been awarded a major multi-million pound contract to provide a range of community health services for people across South Cheshire and Vale Royal.

NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have just completed a comprehensive re-commissioning process and awarded a new multi-million pound contract for the delivery of local community services.

Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership (CCICP) has been awarded the contract to deliver a range of community health services including district nursing, physiotherapy, podiatry and speech therapy.

The newly-formed CCICP is a local health partnership between the South Cheshire and Vale Royal GP Alliance (covering all 30 local GP practices), Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT) and Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP).

The contract, worth £27M, has just been signed and the five year contract will officially begin on October 1st 2016.

Simon Whitehouse, Chief Executive of NHS South Cheshire CCG and NHS Vale Royal CCG, said: “CCICP is well placed to run these services as it is a partnership of local organisations who can work together to deliver integrated health care to our local population.  This collective strength will enable CCICP to support the future transformation of local services for our population and bring a continued focus on ensuring that we have high quality services that are affordable within the resource available locally.

“The aim of the new contract is to bring the best care to people at the right time in the right place and where the patient is at the heart of any decisions about their care.”

Dr Andrew Wilson, Chair of NHS South Cheshire CCG and Chair of the Connecting Care Board for Central Cheshire, said: “This new contract is a key part of the CCGs’ Connecting Care Strategy where we have joined-up working across health and social care to give patients easier access to the care they need in the best place.

“The work of the CCICP will help patients avoid unnecessary hospital stays and get care, such as rehabilitation, in their own home and therefore help them to make a better recovery. Patients will also be at the heart of this new contract as their views can also be taken into account about where and how they have treatment.”

Dr Jonathan Griffiths, Chair of NHS Vale Royal CCG, added: “This is a unique partnership with our local NHS Trusts in collaboration with local GPs. It means that there should be no barriers in how we provide care and that care is tailored to each patient and their needs.

“I would also like to thank East Cheshire NHS Trust which has previously supported these services.  Its hard work has helped to create a strong foundation to build on providing community services to local people.”

Dr Judi Price, GP at Willow Wood Surgery, Winsford, and Director of the South Cheshire and Vale Royal GP Alliance, said: “The South Cheshire and Vale Royal GP Alliance represents the 30 GP practices in our area through a not-for-profit GP Federation.  We are really pleased to be involved in this new partnership with our local providers, putting General Practice in a strong position to influence and support the development and improvement of services for our local people at home, in the practices, and in our communities. 

“Having a credible cohesive organisation like the federation of GPs allows us to work with the partners to integrate services and deliver better outcomes for our patients.  We are all agreed that the Primary Care Home new model of care is the way forward, which will help us to deliver more care out of hospital and gain more value from our scarce resources.”

Tracy Bullock, Chief Executive of MCHFT, said: “We are all very excited to be part of something new that will shape the future of community care in order to meet the needs of our local population.

“We strongly believe that working closer together will benefit our patients through breaking down barriers and integrating care. It will also support our aim of enabling people to remain safe and healthy in their own homes.”

Sheena Cumiskey, Chief Executive at CWP, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with such a great range of organisations to improve community health services across South Cheshire and Vale Royal. The CCICP is an excellent example of how collaboration can help bring the best care to people and I am truly honoured that CWP is a part of this.”

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