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Integrating Acute and Community Services in Eastern Devon


From 1 October 2016, the management of community services in Exeter, East Devon and Mid Devon will transfer to the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E). Community services, which include community hospitals, nursing, therapies and some specialist services, along with over 1400 staff will join the RD&E from Northern Devon Healthcare Trust (NDHT).


Integrating community services with the RD&E is an important step in developing sustainable, seamless care closer to home. This is aligned to the strategic direction of the Success Regime, of which all NHS bodies in Devon are a part. Continuing to work in partnership with local communities will be vitally important as we move towards a system of care which focuses on prevention and citizen wellbeing.


Em Wilkinson-Brice, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Nurse at the RD&E, said:
“Bringing acute and community services together under one organisation will enable us, our partners and local communities to work more effectively to develop services which support people to live the lives they want to lead.


“Over the past several months we have been working more and more closely with community staff so to officially become one team is fantastic. All of us at the RD&E are very much looking forward to welcoming our new colleagues and continuing the integration journey together.”


The transfer is a result of NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Transforming Community Services (TCS) procurement process and since the beginning of 2016, the CCG, NDHT and the RD&E have been working together to enable a smooth transition. One of the final steps to join community and acute services will involve some RD&E IT systems being taken offline for a period of time over the weekend of 1 October. Robust plans are in place to maintain patient safety and ensure that should you need health or care support leading up to or beyond the transfer you will experience the same high quality service.


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