A new health Alliance has been formed to provide Community Elective Care services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR).
The Alliance has been formed by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, LLR Provider Company Limited, East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and West Leicestershire CCG.
From 1 April, the Alliance took over from Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (DCHS) which has provided the Elective Care services in LLR for the last three years.
The Alliance now provides services including outpatient appointments, outpatient treatment, day case surgery, radiology and community paediatric services across LLR community hospitals. The partnership will make best use of clinical resources and offer flexible, elective and diagnostic services ensuring wider patient choice.
Debra Mitchell, Interim Alliance Service Director, said: “As an Alliance, we are looking forward to working in partnership to care for people in our community. DCHS has been very supportive of our plans, which will help make the handover period as smooth as possible.”
From 1 April 2014, there will be a six month ‘stabilisation period’ to ensure the service is running efficiently, followed by a period of ‘transformational’ change from January 2015 onwards, where the Alliance will look at ways to improve the service for the public. LLR NHS Partners will work with a Clinical Reference Group and a Patient & Public Partnership Group to design and deliver new care pathways, focussing on integration, and encouraging better ways of working between organisations.
Dr Allister Grant, interim Alliance Clinical Director, added: “This is an exciting time and our goal is to offer more high quality care closer to home for our patients.”
Just over three hundred members of staff will TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings [Protection of Employment]) to the Alliance, who will initially be employed by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and will continue to provide these services across the nine community hospital sites.