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Private provider beats trusts and GP federation to community contract

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Virgin Care has been named preferred provider to provide adult community services in the South of England as part of an alliance contract, ahead of a bid from local trusts and a GP federation.

The decision was made on 10 August by Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group.

“It is important that we work collaboratively”

Vicky Stobbart

The alliance contract involves Virgin Care in partnership with Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Age UK Surrey and Surrey County Council.

A joint bid for the contract was also made by local GP federation Procare, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and again Royal Surrey County Hospital, but was subsequently rejected by the CCG.

The contract will start in April 2017 and will last two years, with the option of extending for a further eight under a lead provider contract.

The contract is worth £17.6m a year and covers 17 different services, including diabetes services, a minor injuries unit, community nursing and GP direct access physiotherapy.

Vicky Stobbart, executive nurse and director of quality and safeguarding at Guildford and Waverley CCG, said: “The CCG is committed to commissioning high quality, safe, patient and carer centred services that are compassionate, responsive and needs led.

“It is important that we work collaboratively towards achieving improved health and wellbeing for our local population,” she added.

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