Letter to local community healthcare teams

Posted: August 25, 2016

Our commitment to community healthcare

Working with you to develop local healthcare services

Nerissa VaughanAs some of you may already know, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been chosen as the preferred bidder for adult community healthcare services in Swindon.

This decision was made by Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) following a long process in which a number of organisations submitted a plan of how they would provide the services in a way that's best for patients over the coming years.

I wanted to write to you personally to introduce myself and let you know that I'm committed to healthcare in Swindon and this exciting new chapter.

I believe this is a chance to remove some of the organisational barriers that all too often get in the way of the most important thing, the care of our patients. Having one provider for both acute and community healthcare means that patients should experience the same high quality care regardless of whether they are being treated in hospital, in their own home or elsewhere.

An opportunity to do things differently

Our experience in providing community healthcare services in Wiltshire means we know about many of the unique challenges you face every day.

Of course, there will be some things that only you know about and, as the experts in this field, we're keen to listen to your opinions and thoughts. 

Your knowledge and insight will help to shape the way we deliver care, but most importantly, how we can support you as best we can.

Next steps

Between now and when the contract begins, our teams will be working closely with you and your colleagues to ensure a smooth handover for patients.  

The final details of the transfer, including the official handover date, are still being worked through between Swindon CCG, SEQOL and ourselves.

Those of you who currently work on the adult community healthcare services contract will transfer to the Trust through the Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment Regulations (TUPE) process and will be contacted directly about this process by SEQOL as your current employer.

In time, by working together and changing the way we deliver services across Swindon, we hope to relieve some of the pressures felt on a daily basis across the whole health and social care system.

This journey will inevitably take time and it might not always be easy, but with everyone working towards the same goal, we're confident it'll be one that benefits us all.

I know this announcement may have come as a surprise to some of you but I want to reassure you that this is positive news for healthcare in Swindon.

Further information

I hope to be able to meet as many of you as I can over the coming months at sessions in which you'll be able to find out more information and ask any questions.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about our new role in the Swindon community, please email ask.swindoncommunity@gwh.nhs.uk

Any questions relating to your current employment or TUPE arrangements should be directed to your SEQOL line manager.

Yours sincerely

Nerissa Vaughan, Chief Executive, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

 

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