Trust to provide community healthcare services in Swindon from 1 October

Posted: September 30, 2016

More joined-up care for patients

Adult community healthcare services in Swindon transferred to the Trust from one minute past midnight on Saturday 1 October. 

The Trust was chosen as the new provider of these services by Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group last month.

Although it was originally announced that the new contract would begin on 17 February, the Trust was asked to take on these services as a caretaker from Saturday 1 October. 

This request was in response to significant financial, quality and workforce concerns that the CCG had for current providers SEQOL.

The Trust's early involvement in community services means both patients and healthcare staff will benefit from stability and established leadership. 

While the term caretaker means that the Trust will be looking after services temporarily, between now and February, the Trust will be responsible for all aspects of the services, including finance, quality and performance.  

What will happen on 1 October?

From a patient's point of view, there should be no visible change to the way in which services are provided - either in the patient's homes, in the community or at any other location in and around Swindon. 

Behind the scenes, the only change for healthcare staff will be that their employer switches from SEQOL to the Trust.  

Plans for the future

This next chapter of healthcare in Swindon is all about creating a more joined up service for patients, regardless of where they are receiving their treatment. 
 
While this won't happen overnight, the next few months will be an opportunity to learn more about the opportunities and challenges ahead.

However, throughout any period of change, the main focus has to be the patients. 

The Trust's previous good work with Wiltshire community services means it is in the best possible position to take things forward.  

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