In the last bulletin we explained that the existing contracts for community services was due to expire and we were working with potential providers to procure new community services.
Following a comprehensive tender and evaluation process, the 3 CCGs would like to announce that they have chosen County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust ( CDDFT) as the preferred provider of new community services which will start in October 2018 as per the agreed timeline.
We want to grow and improve local community services across County Durham and Darlington and have a legal duty to carry out re-procurement exercises for contracts for healthcare in the community to ensure that healthcare constantly meets expected levels of quality and that it continues to represent best value.
This approach is in line with our vision of developing an Integrated Community Service as part of our Five Year Forward View plans to improve access, continuity and coordination of community based health and care services for the local population.
We are very much looking forward to building on the strong foundations that are already in place with CDDFT. We will be looking at what’s working well and strengthening that so that our team of healthcare professionals are focused around providing excellent care for everyone in the community.
We will be working in a new way with CDDFT to develop the existing community services, to prevent unnecessary acute hospital attendance and support people to stay well in their own homes. This new way of working will include bringing health and social care organisations closer together and moving from reactive care to prevention models that look at early intervention. We want to improve the quality of services for local people by supporting multidisciplinary teams for those with complex needs and ensuring all services in place are financially sustainable in the long term.