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RD&E gains approval to move towards next stage in the procurement for community services in Eastern Devon

 

RD&E gains approval to move towards next stage in the procurement for community services in Eastern Devon. The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has moved closer towards providing community health services across a large part of the county.

 

NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group made a decision last week to proceed towards contract award for community services to the RD&E. Whilst this important gateway has been reached it remains subject to further detailed due diligence in advance of a final decision.

 

The CCG expects to complete this process next year.

It could mean that community services, including the running of community hospitals, community physiotherapy and nursing, are provided by the RD&E from April 2016.

Community services in the CCG's Eastern locality, the geographical area of East Devon, Exeter and Mid Devon, as well as parts of West Devon (such as Okehampton) are currently delivered by the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

 

Angela Pedder, chief executive of RDEFT, said: “Aligning community services in Exeter, East and Mid Devon with RDEFT is an important step in developing streamlined pathways of care for local people.

 

“Working closely with Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, we will now develop plans to safely transfer the services over the coming months.

 

"We look forward to welcoming and working with the community services staff, who bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience. Sharing and building on this expertise will ensure that, with local our communities, we can begin to shape services which meet people's needs and deliver responsive and efficient care. Em Wilkinson-Brice, Deputy Chief Executive/Chief Nurse at RDEFT will lead the next stages of this work.”

 

Dr David Jenner, a GP from Cullompton and Clinical Chair for the CCG’s Eastern locality, said: “Throughout this process, we have put patients at the centre of our decision-making. This decision now gives us an exciting opportunity to move to the next stage in commissioning the joined up model of services patients in our area have told us they want for the future.”

 

More information can be found on the CCG website

 

 

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