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Lead Provider for Older People's Programme announced

01/10/2014

Uniting Care Partnership awarded contract

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire congratulates Uniting Care Partnership on being appointed as the “Lead Provider” of Older People's Health and Adult Community Services, by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group.  Uniting Care Partnership are made up of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

We have kept in close contact with the CCG throughout the procurement process, monitoring the effectiveness of their consultation and feeding back our comments about their plans. We have tried to make sure that local people’s views are listened to when these important decisions are being made.  

Uniting Care Partnership will be responsible for ensuring care is better co-ordinated; they will directly provide adult community health services and hold the budget for the following services:

  • Urgent care for adults aged over 65, including inpatients as well as A&E services.
  • Mental Health Services for people aged over 65.
  • Adult (all people over 18) community health services, for example: district nursing, rehabilitation and therapy after injury or illness, speech and language therapy, care for patients with complex wounds, support for people with respiratory disease or diabetes.
  • Other health services which support the care of people aged over 65.

A set of criteria (What do good services look like?) called an Outcomes Framework has been developed by the CCG and will form part of the contract with the Lead Provider. Uniting Care's performance will be measured against it, with payment linked to achieving the outcomes. The CCG believe that this will improve quality across the system.

Uniting Care Partnership will be expected to work closely with GPs, social care services (provided by local authorities) and other organisations including ambulance services, out-of-hours care, voluntary organisations and housing services.

Uniting Care Partnership will spend the next six months putting everything in place to be able to start delivering services on 1 April 2015.  

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire will continue to work to make sure that local people’s views are listened to by the CCG, Uniting Care Partnership and other organisations involved in the development and provision of older people's healthcare and adult community services. 

Our Chief Executive Sandie Smith said “Our role is to make sure that local people are listened to.  We will continue to monitor the progress of older people’s health and adult community services and make sure that local people have an opportunity to feedback on and develop services.”

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