Commissioners have awarded the contract to run South Gloucestershire’s community services to a social enterprise based in Bath.
Sirona Care and Health will take on the five-year £65m contract on 1 April next year. The contract covers adult community, specialist and out-of-hours nursing; community physiotherapy; and podiatry.
The services are currently delivered by North Bristol Trust, where they were “parked” in 2011 to meet the government’s deadline for primary care trusts to give up direct community service provision, under its transforming community services programme.
Sirona was formed from the provider services arm of Bath and North East Somerset Primary Care Trust under the same programme.
Four other local social enterprises had also been in the running for the contract. Jonathan Hayes, chair of South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said the quality of bidders had been “incredibly high”.
He added: “We are delighted to award Sirona the new community health services contract. We are looking forward to working with them to provide high quality services for patients to support them when they leave hospital, to help them manage their condition at home and to provide more clinics closer to where people live.”
Sirona already provides services for children with life limiting illnesses in South Gloucestershire and adult social care services in Bath and North East Somerset.
About 450 staff will transfer to Sirona under the deal, adding to the social enterprise’s current workforce of 1,700.
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