Medequip has won a competitive tender to manage Integrated Community Equipment Loan Services provision in Sheffield on behalf of Sheffield CCG and Sheffield City Council.
The work will be effective from July 1 for a five-year period with an option to extend for an additional two years.
Medequip already works with prescribers in Sheffield Teaching hospitals, discharging and prescribing into the Rotherham area, so linking the two contracts geographically will result in significant synergies including the single point of prescription.
In addition, both contracts will operate on the TCES Community platform, enhancing efficiencies and improving services to the people of Sheffield, further complemented by the skills and experience of the existing Medequip team.
Medequip will be working with commissioners and prescribing teams to ensure that there is also a local solution for assessments, in particular specials.
Head of commissioning at Sheffield City Council, Jo Horobin, said: “An important factor in obtaining new provider services is that our customers continue to receive the best quality service to best meet their needs.”
Adding: “We welcome Medequip as our new provider and look forward to working with them in future.”
Medequip has confirmed it already has a team in place working towards the July 1 ‘go live’ date, headed up by Ben Williams who was responsible for contract implementation in Rotherham.
He commented: “We look forward to welcoming the existing Sheffield CES team, who will transfer their employment across to Medequip to help with a smooth transition and continued excellence of service, going forward.”