Local NHS leaders have today, Monday 29 July, named Sirona care & health as the high scoring bidder to provide adult community health services for people in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
Community health services already support thousands of adults in the area to stay well and independent, including through district nursing, rehabilitation, therapies and specialist services such as diabetes support. The new contract is an opportunity to join services up across the community, and ensure that everyone receives the same high quality of care wherever they live.
NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group began advertising for a single provider of adult community health services earlier this year because the contracts for its three existing services were coming to an end.
The CCG has evaluated all proposals received and is now finalising requirements with Sirona care & health. This is not necessarily the final outcome, as detailed checks will need to take place before a contract is signed. An announcement about the final outcome is expected in September 2019.
The CCG is investing more than £100 million per year in community services over the next decade - an opportunity to improve services and build a successful long-term partnership with the selected provider. Clinicians, local people, community services staff and key partners such as Local Authorities were all involved in developing the plans.
Julia Ross, Chief Executive of NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG said:
We were delighted to receive strong bids as part of a rigorous procurement. Sirona care & health shares our vision of putting local people and our highly skilled community staff at the heart of future services.
We have a fantastic community workforce providing high quality care already, and that will continue. People using services told us they wanted to see more joint working between community services, GPs, social care, mental health services and voluntary groups. That’s what we’re excited to achieve through this partnership.
I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the great work of all our existing providers. We have really strong foundations to build on, and much of that is down to their hard work and commitment.
Each of the three Local Authorities in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire was involved in the process to select a single provider. Terry Dafter, Director of Adult Social Care at Bristol City Council, said:
Adult community health services are integral to ensuring that people are able to live healthy and independent lives. Close working between councils and the NHS is hugely important if we are to achieve truly integrated services. We are looking forward to taking this partnership forward for the benefit of all our residents.
Operating locally since 2013, Sirona care & health is a community interest company with a strong track record, and a commitment to putting people who use services at the heart of their care.
From April 2020 services across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire will be more joined up, with teams of professionals working together to offer quality care, under the management of Sirona care & health. Most people will continue to receive care from the same nurses and therapists as they do now.