Medequip is to lead a new type of partnership made up of three mobility providers to run wheelchair and community equipment services in Rotherham from Friday.
Blatchford and Ross Care will join Medequip in running the Rotherham Equipment and Wheelchair Service (REWS) after the trio won the contract following a “competitive tender process” run by Rotherham CCG in 2018.
The integrated equipment and wheelchair service incorporates delivery, installation, collection and recycling of a wide range of community equipment and wheelchairs, together with servicing and maintenance.
A clinical assessment service for wheelchairs will assess service-users’ needs for specialist assistive technology and will co-ordinate the provision of the equipment.
The service will continue to be delivered from the REWS distribution centre on Chesterton Road, Eastwood, Rotherham.
Ben Williams, business improvement manager and implementation lead for Medequip confirmed that the new service will “go-live” on Friday 1 February following a 12 week implementation period.
“We look forward to welcoming the existing REWS team to Medequip, Blatchford and Ross Care as partner providers of the service.
“As the leading provider of equipment services in the UK we are well placed to deliver a high quality effective service for the people of Rotherham with the courtesy and kindness that is at the heart of our values and in line with our vision of keeping people independent for longer.”
Ian Atkinson, deputy chief officer for NHS Rotherham CCG, said: “We welcome Medequip Assistive Technology to Rotherham and see the new Rotherham Equipment and Wheelchair Service contract as integral to supporting us to deliver the Rotherham Health and Social Care Place Plan.
“Through ensuring people receive the right equipment in a timely manner, we can continue to support them to maintain their mobility and live independently.”
The partnership is a new model for Medequip, which secured corporate CECOPS accreditation across all of its community equipment contracts last year.
In April 2018, Medequip announced a partnership with Newport-based manufacturer Cefndy Healthcare to launch its first community equipment service outside of England.
Speaking to AMP in the summer, Nigel Cook, director of HR and SHEQ at Medequip, said of the Cefndy partnership that both companies agreed it would be “advantageous to local residents that we work together rather than try and tender separately for the work”
Meanwhile, Ross Care won its first wheelchair service clinical contract in 2017, underlining another year of successful tenders and re-tendered.
Blatchford’s most recent solo tender win was a five-year contract awarded in December to deliver prosthetic, orthotic and technician services on behalf of Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust.
The tender win followed investment firm, CBPE Capital’s, purchase of a majority interest in the UK-based prosthetics and orthotics supplier.
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