Royal Surrey County Hospital and Procare GP Federation have been identified as the preferred bidders to enter into contract negotiations to deliver adult community services across Guildford and Waverley.
The Trust and Procare, the federation of local GPs, teamed up to bid for the contract which will last up to nine years and will bring services together to ensure the best patient care and outcomes.
Community health care services provide a wide range of care outside of hospital settings, from supporting patients to manage long-term conditions, to treating those who are seriously ill with more complex needs.
This sees teams of nurses and therapists working closely with other healthcare professionals, including GPs and social workers, to deliver care usually in people’s homes. The service also includes the local community hospital services where we will aim to provide care closer to people’s homes.
The partnership will continue to work with other key stakeholders to ensure that all services across health, social care and the third sector are accessible and allow the delivery of seamless care. In particular we look forward to working more closely with Surrey and Borders Partnership Trust in the delivery of mental health. We plan to integrate our services more with Surrey County Council and Adult Social Care teams reflecting a growing relationship through the Surrey devolution process.
There are already a number of planned improvements for the services, including the implementation of a single patient care IT system.
Paula Head, Chief Executive of Royal Surrey, said: “This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for us and our partners to integrate services across our patch to make patients’ lives better. Having led a Community Trust previously I know what a wonderful and positive impact these teams have on patients and I look forward to welcoming our new staff in the near future.”
Phil Ridsdill Smith, CEO of Procare, said “Procare is delighted to be working in Partnership with the Royal Surrey County Hospital to deliver the Adult Community contract. This is the first time that a community service will be provided in this way in the UK and it represents a huge opportunity to deliver more integrated and efficient patient care to the population that we both serve.