CCG issues 12 month notice on community service contract

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The NHS North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group has decided to issue 12 month notice on a contract that provides community services across Colchester and Tendring.

The seven-year Care Closer to Home contract was awarded to Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE) in 2015 to provide services such as community nursing, falls prevention, audiology, cardiology and ophthalmology across Colchester and Tendring.

It aimed to focus on the needs of patients and to offer treatment in, or near to, their homes instead of adding pressure to existing sites such as hospitals.

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However, this announcement paves the way for NEECCG and its partners to procure a contract that will go further to support the delivery of more joined up care between local primary care, social care and community services, and acute hospital care.

It will aim to provide a more sustainable service for the future and link in closely with our voluntary sector partners and local councils in Colchester and Tendring.

Dr Ed Garratt, chief executive of the NEECCG, said: “Over the past five years, staff at ACE have worked tirelessly to ensure local people and patients receive the care and treatment they need closer to their home.

“We are grateful to them for all of their hard work and we would like to assure their excellent staff that there will be a positive future for them locally.”

Adding: “The CCG will continue to work closely with ACE to ensure there is a smooth transition to the new arrangements and we thank them for their professionalism.”

While Frank Sims, chief executive of ACE, said: “I am saddened to learn about the board’s decision. ACE has always been committed to ensuring people have had access to the best possible care across Colchester and Tendring.

“We will work with the CCG to support the smooth transition to new arrangements during the next 12 months and do everything we can to ensure our hard working staff are supported at this time.”

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