An NHS trust in London has welcomed a new contract to deliver community health and social care services in Ealing, to support people to receive treatment closer to home.
West London NHS Trust has today signed a contract with Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group to provide community services for adults and children for the next 10 years.
“We’ll be able to assess and treat people’s physical and mental health needs to provide the very best quality care to the people of Ealing”
The trust will be leading the new partnership with the CCG under the name of Ealing Community Partners, which will offer a range of services starting in June 2019.
A spokeswomen at the West London Trust told Nursing Times that it anticipates that around 400 nurses or healthcare assistants in nursing teams will be employed in relation to the new contract.
It noted that some staff will transfer from the current provider, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, and some are already employed in services it currently provides.
Meanwhile, the West London NHS Trust spokeswoman added that it would also be working to attract new nurses to come and work for the partnership.
As well as the West London Trust and the CCG, the partnership includes Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, the Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London Borough of Ealing, Marie Curie and Mind.
The new range of community services will support adults, and children and young people across the borough, and will include learning disability support, district nursing and care services to help people to receive treatment at or closer to home.
Once the partners take over the delivery of services, its first phase of transformation is set to focus on adult services.
As part of this, it has plans to implement a new single point of access, operating on a 24/7 basis throughout the year, with clinical triage to help improve access to services.
In addition, Ealing Community Partners will focus on supporting response in time of crisis and smooth discharge from hospital on a 24/7 basis throughout the year, noted the trust.
Joint care teams, linking with primary care, will also be established across the borough and a new chronic pain service will be provided in collaboration with existing musculoskeletal services, it added.
The deal follows the publication last month of the NHS Long Term Plan, which provides detail on how the government intends to achieve its ambition of shifting more care into the community.
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On signing the contract, Carolyn Regan, chief executive of West London NHS Trust, said it will now “press on” with getting ready for taking on the services in June.
“Our overriding priority from day one is to make sure that patients, service users and carers see no difference to the care and support they receive,” she said.
“Patients will see the same doctors, nurses and other health and care professionals, and will continue to receive care in the same places as now,” said Ms Regan.
She explained that the trust is also working with the local community by listening and seeking their views in a bid to ensure that services meet their needs.
“Poor physical and mental health is linked,” she noted. “Today’s contract means that in the future, we’ll be able to assess and treat people’s physical and mental health needs to provide the very best quality care to the people of Ealing.”