Locala Community Partnerships has been selected as the preferred bidder to provide a range of community-based healthcare services across Kirklees.
The decision is a milestone for NHS North Kirklees and NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and the first step towards delivering their vision of integrated, community-based services across Kirklees.
The award of the contract will support the development of better healthcare services within the community with an emphasis on care being closer to people’s homes or within their homes. It will also ensure a focus on services that help patients’ recovery and promote independence.
The contract award follows a six-month competitive dialogue procurement process to select a lead provider to take responsibility for a wide range of community-based services from October this year.
As a lead provider, Locala Community Partnerships will be responsible for ensuring that community care is much better co-ordinated across Kirklees. They will provide some of these services directly as well as using other organisations including the community and voluntary sector to provide care.
The lead provider will also need to work closely with local GPs, social services, ambulance services, as well as hospitals and other healthcare providers.
Dr Steve Ollerton, Chair of NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG and local GP said: “A single lead provider for community services will ensure that care across Kirklees is more joined up than it has ever been, and help us to focus on improving the patient experience.
“The procurement process we used has allowed people from a range of organisations to come together and discuss potential solutions. I would like to acknowledge the hard work and effort of all those involved including patients, clinicians, local authority colleagues, and the two bidders.”
Dr David Kelly, Chair of NHS North Kirklees CCG and local GP said: “Both CCGs are strongly committed to delivering healthcare that is closer to people’s homes and more joined-up. We know this is what local people want, and I am delighted that we are now in a position to begin the process of delivering our vision.
“As a local GP and as a commissioner, I am looking forward to working with the lead provider and to seeing some real benefits for our patients.”
Over the coming months the CCGs and Locala Community Partnerships will work with existing providers of community health services to ensure that patients experience a seamless change from one provider.
Locala Community Partnerships will take over responsibility for services from October 2015, with a phased implementation plan that will be delivered throughout the first year.
Robert Flack, Chief Executive, Locala Community Partnerships, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to be the chosen lead provider for this work. Colleagues have been crafting and shaping our new model of care for months and are eager to put it into action. We’ve already begun working in a new way in one pilot area and another will follow soon.”
“That doesn’t mean we are offering ‘one size fits all’ care; far from it because we believe our patients will play the most important part in their care and support, helping us, and partner organisations, to deliver a plan that’s tailored for each individual.”
And he added:
“We are really looking forward to working with the CCGs to refine ‘Care Closer to Home’ still further. As a community interest company we’re also excited about partnering with South West Yorkshire Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust, GPs, Kirkwood Hospice, and many other fantastic local organisations, including the community sector – working closely with them and our local hospitals to deliver this contract.”
Steven Michael OBE, Chief Executive, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Locala to provide the mental health aspect of this work. Offering care closer to home and making sure fewer people are admitted to hospital is a key element of how we’re transforming our services. We will be working to make sure people get the right care in the right place at the right time and are supported to make a recovery, enabling them to reach their potential and live well in their community.”