Trust asked to become caretaker for community healthcare for adults in Swindon

Posted: September 13, 2016

A message from Nerissa Vaughan, Chief Executive

Nerissa Vaughan 160We were recently selected by Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as the provider of community healthcare for adults in Swindon from next February, when current provider SEQOL's contract comes to an end. 

This responsibility will now begin much sooner than expected, after the CCG asked us to become a caretaker organisation for the next few months. 

This request is in response to significant financial, quality and workforce concerns in parts of the current service which need to be resolved. We have therefore been asked to step in to provide stability to patients, service users and staff. 

This was a big decision as it means we will now become responsible for community healthcare from 1 October. But it was also an easy one, as it will ensure local people continue to receive vital healthcare in the community, prior to a longer term contract being agreed. 

The term 'caretaker' simply means we will be looking after the service for an interim period, however during this time we will be responsible for the quality, finance, performance and everything else involved in providing a healthcare service. 

Our SEQOL colleagues are the face of community healthcare in Swindon and we don't want that to change.

During this caretaker period, they will continue to work with the same people, caring for the same patients and service users, providing the same care, from the same bases.

Colleagues in the community experience many of the same challenges as we do and like our own staff, we know there are many dedicated staff providing compassionate care and we want to support them as best we can.

This next chapter is all about creating a more joined up service for our patients and service users, whether in hospital, in their own home or elsewhere. While this won't happen overnight, this interim period will be an opportunity to learn more about the opportunities and challenges ahead. 

Our current focus is to make sure that patients and service users continue to receive care from the same familiar faces and that staff are supported through this time of change.

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