Preferred adult community health services provider announced

A local NHS consortium has been named as NHS Kernow’s preferred provider to deliver the adult community health services contract in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly from 1 April 2016. 

The consortium, made up of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and Kernow Health Community Interest Company will provide services such as community hospitals, minor injury units, community nursing and therapy teams.

The decision follows an open market procurement – as is normal practice in the public sector – that met legal and regulator requirements.  

Dr Iain Chorlton, Chairman at NHS Kernow, said: “We want local people to avoid having to go into hospital wherever possible, by supporting them at an early stage with their health issues. We also want people to avoid having to stay in hospital for long periods, when, with appropriate support, they would be much happier and healthier at home.

We were impressed by the local NHS consortium and how their proposals align closely with our ambitious plans to join up health and social care.

Together, we will make the most of opportunities for community services, primary care, hospitals and social care to work together to provide the right care, in the right place at the right time – improving patient outcomes and reducing pressure on some services across the local system.

The local NHS parties making up the consortium have extensive experience in local healthcare and demonstrated knowledge of the diverse needs of our population, the unique challenges we face and the opportunities which integrating health and social care present. I am confident that they will continue to deliver high quality, patient-centred, and safe services currently delivered by Peninsula Community Health.

We acknowledge the significant local interest in this matter and thank people for their patience while we discharged our duties during the procurement process. We are pleased that we can now share our future plans with local people.”

The consortium will offer multi-disciplinary care through teams of professionals, working across traditional organisational boundaries.

Dr Chorlton said: “My message to patients is clear: the name above the door may be changing, but the adult community services people rely on will still be available. Patients will continue to receive the same safe, high quality services, by the same experienced staff. Patients should see no change in the people they see or the way they are referred to services.”

Dr Andy May, Medical Director at Kernow Health Community Interest Company, Phil Confue, Chief Executive at Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Andrew MacCallum, Chief Executive at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust:

"We are delighted with the announcement from NHS Kernow that our consortium has been named as the preferred bidder to provide adult community health services from 1 April 2016.

We now have the best opportunity in a generation to offer more joined up care, centred on the patient and with less organisational bureaucracy. We will work tirelessly to deliver high quality, personalised care as close to the patient’s home as possible. 

Our organisations will listen to and act in partnership with our staff and local communities to co-design increasingly integrated services, as one NHS."

The local NHS consortium will take over the adult community health services contract on 1 April, 2016, from Peninsula Community Health.

Dr Chorlton added: “I would like to thank staff at Peninsula Community Health for their dedication and professionalism to ensure high quality patient care – and look forward to a smooth and seamless transfer of services to the new provider consortium. We are keen to use and build on the existing skills, knowledge and experience of community based teams as they transition to a new provider.

“In the meantime, patients should continue to use services in the same way and talk to their GP about their health needs in the first instance.”

The contract award was approved by NHS Kernow’s Procurement Committee last night (16 November).