|Two typical post 65ers knocking at the door...|
Starting April 1st (April Fools Day), five weeks before the 2015 General Election, the newly created Uniting Care Partnership (UCP) has been awarded a savage cost-cutting contract to provide Geriatric, old peoples' healthcare and adult ''community" services following a 15 month process. Neatly sweeping a whole catalogue of problematical services into a new organisation.
What has finally been cobbled together is a form of partnership comprising the cash strapped Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust together with Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the contract value is said to be worth £800 million over five years, although this could increase, as it clearly isn't enough for this rapidly expanding sector as the post war baby boomers, enter their 70's....
The contract award is not directly through the NHS but through the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which has the responsibility for the provision of healthcare services across the county.
Dr Neil Modha, CCG Chief clinical Officer said: “The aim is to have a single provider responsible for old people’s healthcare services and adult community health services, ensuring that care is more joined up than it has been."
There is now to be a 10-day administration period during which the CCG debriefs both successful and unsuccessful bidders.
UCP will then use the period prior to the official start date (April1st) to pull services together for the new contract.
Dr Arnold Fertig, Clinical lead for Old People (Geriatrics) said: “The first task is to ensure there is a smooth transition of services, and to prepare for making the improvements in services and for patients.
UCP will provide adult community health services and are the budget holders for urgent care for adults aged over 65.
This includes inpatients, accident and emergency services, mental health services for people aged over 65 and community health services. This extends to district nursing, rehabilitation and therapy after injury or illness, speech and language therapy, care for patients with complex wounds and support for people with respiratory disease or diabetes plus other health services which support the care of people over 65 years of age.
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