Thurrock’s Community Health Services go to North London

Community health services in south west Essex are going through some management changes.

While local residents will not see any change in the health professionals who deliver these services or where they are provided from, in the future they can expect the changes to mean even higher quality care says the SW Essex PCT.

On 1 May 2011, NHS South West Essex Community Services transferred from the management of the local primary care trust, NHS South West Essex to North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT).

The move is part of the Government’s Transforming Community Services programme (TCS), which seeks to separate the delivery of healthcare from the commissioning of services and to improve the quality of local health services and patient care.

NELFT already provides community health services in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, as well as mental health services across north east London.

John Brouder, chief executive of NELFT says: “We are delighted to be managing community health services in south west Essex. We already have a reputation for providing high quality community health services, and for working with healthcare partners to find innovative ways of supporting patients out of hospital.

“We are now looking forward to working with community health services in the south west Essex area, building on a programme of continuous improvement, so that local people continue to receive excellent treatment and care.

“We are also looking forward to welcoming new colleagues joining our Trust. Over the past few months we have been meeting with many of them, and all have been passionate about the job they do and dedicated to ensuring the best care for patients. We are very excited about our future working with them.”

Andrew Pike, chief executive of NHS South West Essex, says: “As commissioners, we believe that transferring community services to NELFT provides the best option for the future of the services and the care of our patients. NELFT has the clinical, operational and financial skills and experience to continue to develop community services and provide local care and treatment outside hospital settings.

“Patients who receive community health services will not experience any immediate change in the way they receive their services. However, community health services will play an even bigger role in the NHS in the future as more care is moved out of hospitals. As services start to develop, patients should begin to benefit from even greater choice, more personalised care and even higher standards.”

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