Trust disappointed with outcome of market testing process for adult community services in Herts Valleys but will continue to provide excellent care for local people

Posted: January 29 2019

Trust disappointed with outcome of market testing process for adult community services in Herts Valleys but will continue to provide excellent care for local people

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) today responded to the outcome of a market testing process run by Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group, which has confirmed Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust (CLCH) as the new provider for adult community health services in west Hertfordshire from the Autumn. HCT currently provides these services and has done so for many years.

HCT Chief Executive Clare Hawkins said: “We are naturally very disappointed at the outcome of this process which we do not feel reflects the quality of the services we provide. After thorough consideration, in order to minimise potential disruption for local people and to avoid using additional public funds, our Board has decided that we will not be raising a legal challenge to the decision. We are however talking to our regulators NHS Improvement and NHS England about the possible implications for the wider health and social care system. We will continue to deliver high quality community adult health services in west Hertfordshire right up to the point where these services transfer to CLCH, including ensuring that patients continue to get the benefit of co-ordinated care through our close relationships with mental health, primary care, social care and local community and voluntary services. We will also maintain our focus on our long term integrated health strategy and continuing on our journey to outstanding.”

Clare continued: “HCT is proud to be a good employer. We will support all staff affected by the decision to ensure that there is a smooth transition to CLCH for them and for our patients and local communities. We will continue to deliver our portfolio of specialist services for adults in west Hertfordshire as well as our services for adults in East and North Hertfordshire and our countywide services for children and young people.”

After a recent routine inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), HCT retained its rating of Good. The Trust is also rated by the Health Service Journal as one of the top 100 NHS employers. In the last year, HCT has introduced a number of innovations and new services, including: a new public health nursing service for the County (health visiting and school nursing) as part of the new Hertfordshire Family Centre Service; Herts Valleys integrated nutrition/dietetics and diabetes services (delivered with local NHS and voluntary sector organisations) which help provide patients with more seamless care; and a unique electronic consent form for school-aged flu vaccinations which has been nationally recognised.

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