Local NHS commissioners have
awarded the contract to deliver community services across County
Durham and Darlington for the next five years to County Durham and
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.
In a move which will bring
greater collaboration and partnership between services and across
the health and social care system to improve the way patients with
long term conditions are cared for in the community preventing
unnecessary admissions to hospital.
The new service commissioned by
3 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) ; Darlington CCG, North
Durham CCG and Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG and in
partnership with local government and the third sector today
announced that County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust (
CDDFT) will provide these new services from October
We want to grow and improve
local community services across County Durham and Darlington to
ensure that healthcare constantly meets expected levels of quality
and that it continues to represent best value.
This approach is in line with
our vision of developing an Integrated Community Service as part of
out Five Year Forward View plans to improve access, continuity and
coordination of community based health and care services for the
The 3 CCGs carried out a
comprehensive tender and evaluation process before awarding the
contract to CDDFT.
Our aim is to develop and
improve existing community services to prevent unnecessary hospital
admissions and support people to stay well in their own homes. This
new way of working will include bringing health and social care
organisations closer together with a focus on prevention and early
intervention. We want to improve the quality of services for local
people by supporting multidisciplinary teams for those with complex
Over the coming weeks we will be
working with CDDFT and health partners across County Durham and
Darlington to take forward this proposed new way of working ready
for the new contract to begin in October of this year.
County Durham and Darlington NHS
Foundation Trust has a strong track record of success and
experience in delivering community services having been an
integrated provider of both acute and community services since
Sue Jacques, Chief Executive of
CDDFT said: "We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded the
contract for community services. We truly believe this is a great
opportunity to work differently with our health and social care
partners across County Durham and Darlington which will bring real
improvements to both patient care and also the overall health and
wellbeing of our local communities.
"Our experience of providing community
services over previous years gives us a fantastic foundation on
which to build and we know we have a dedicated and highly skilled
workforce ready to take on this new challenge.
"We will be working closely with
GPs, local authority and voluntary sector colleagues as well as our
patients and local communities to deliver services fit for the
Published 24th April
'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital