An important milestone has been reached in providing community health services in Guildford and Waverley.
Royal Surrey and Procare, the local GP federation, have signed a contract transferring community nursing services to Procare. It was a key part in the agreement when both organisations successfully won the contract to provide adult community health services in October 2017.
Phil Ridsdill Smith, the Chief Executive of Procare, said: “This contract is an innovative example of great system working, aligning community service more closely with primary care through a partnership model with Royal Surrey enabling patients to be supported more effectively at home.”
The process of formally transferring the contracts of community nursing services colleagues will now begin. Royal Surrey will continue to work closely with all community staff to optimise joint learning opportunities along. Appropriate back office functions will also be aligned in order to minimise duplication.
Louise Stead, the Royal Surrey Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted that we have signed this contract and we can now work to better integrate our out of hospital services with our friends and colleagues in primary care for the benefit of our patients.”
Last autumn Royal Surrey’s contract to run the Adult Community Services contract in partnership with Procare was extended for another seven years. It followed the successful mobilisation and transformation plan delivered in the first 18 months of the contract.
The plan included investing £9 million in community services over the next five years.