The BHTA, Medequip Assistive Technology, NRS Healthcare, Millbrook Healthcare and Ross Care have teamed up to support the NHS and local authorities amid the coronavirus crisis.
In a letter posted online, Dr Simon Festing, CEO of the BHTA, explained that during “unprecedented times” cooperation is key to maintaining vital services.
He stated: “We are facing an unprecedented public health crisis, where only cooperation, understanding and resourcefulness will help to maintain our vital services.
“Following detailed discussions Medequip Assistive Technology, NRS Healthcare, Millbrook Healthcare, Ross Care and the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) have agreed to work closely together to maximise continuity for local authorities and the NHS throughout the current Covid-19 crisis.”
He went on: “Optimising, planning and sharing information to ensure these organisations are able to provide maximum support for their services, senior directors from each business are now holding weekly conference calls to discuss key areas such as activity levels, geographical pressures and availability of qualified staff.
“These levels of inter-company cooperation are designed to ensure best practice to maximise service user and employee protection, and will deal with the management of key equipment and PPE availability as well as specific area service continuity responses.”
Festing added: “They are also extending to best practice utilisation of staff from other providers within geographic regions, such as individuals who have been furloughed and kept on payroll, and also potentially providing assistance to vulnerable groups with food and medicine distribution. This work is further enhanced by engagement with specialist teams set up by the NHS and local authorities across the country.”
Concluding: “Working closely together, the five organisations are totally committed to ensuring safe continuity of service provision for the most vulnerable people in our communities.”