04 August 2020

COVID-19 swab testing for key workers in Bedfordshire and Luton is being delivered by Trust partner Compass Wellbeing.

The social enterprise organisation has been commissioned to manage the service and is working alongside ELFT clinical colleagues to deliver testing.

The Compass Wellbeing team will also shortly be providing antibody testing.

The county-wide operation is being coordinated by Compass Wellbeing on-site from Steppingley Hospital in Flitwick.

It is providing testing for NHS and social care colleagues, delivering training for residential care home staff to test the elderly under their care and also supporting, for example, Learning Disability (LD) services and sheltered accommodation providers.

Compass Wellbeing are linking closely with the county’s three local authorities, care homes and Bedfordshire and Luton CCGs.

Recently the service provided a two-day pop-up testing station in Luton to support Public Health after a cluster of COVID-19 cases in some postcode areas of the town.

Compass Wellbeing has a mission to improve quality of life, tackle social inequalities and make a difference to life opportunities in our communities and has been connecting with Bedfordshire CVS (Community Voluntary Service) to provide opportunities for people from the community to get involved.

“We started on June 23 and it has been a busy first month as a we set up the new operation, recruited staff, delivered training and managed a change in laboratories processing completed swab samples,” said Forhad Ahmed, Head of Operations for Compass Wellbeing.

“It has also been a positive project driven by close partnership working.”

Dr Mohit Venkataram,Chief Executive of Compass Wellbeing CIC and the Trust’s Executive Director for Commercial Development, said: “Compass Wellbeing are an integral part of the NHS and social care operation to keep us all safe.

“The true potential of any system to deliver the best outcome for our residents will only come through a joined-up approach with community organisations and with leadership of local residents. This delivery in Bedfordshire and Luton to keep us safe from COVID-19 and to minimise its spread is a good example of this partnership’s strength.”

Tower Hamlets-based Compass Wellbeing joined ELFT in a partnership in November 2018.

Compass maintains its own brand and staff remain working for the organisation as part of the arrangement.

Compass Wellbeing manage other services including the interpreting and translation service CompassLingo.

Picture: A team photo from the Compass pop-up testing station in Luton.