05 March 2018

The Trust has been formally awarded the contract to provide community health services in Bedfordshire.

The five-year contract was officially signed last week and ELFT will provide Bedfordshire Community Health Services in partnership with Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust (CCS) from 1 April 2018.

The contract will cover a range of adult and children’s community health and care services and other specialist services including nutrition and dietetics, podiatry services, wheelchair services, community dental services, as well as drug and alcohol services for children and young people.

The total annual value, across all commissioners, is £39m.

The present provider Essex Partnership University Trust (EPUT) is working closely with ELFT and CCS to ensure a safe handover and smooth transition for service users, patients and carers.

Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive of ELFT, said: “This is fantastic news for the Trust, for staff and for patients.

"Bedfordshire Community Health Services will be provided as a single, integrated service by ourselves and Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust.

"We will work in partnership with CCS to provide joined-up care built around the needs of the individual and shaped using our expertise in continuous improvement and service user and carer involvement.

"This is an exciting time for the Trust and we look forward to welcoming our new Bedfordshire colleagues."