The Virgin Care group has landed a major £700 million NHS contract, which will enable them to coordinate over 200 healthcare services in Bath and North East Somerset.
According to NHS Bath and North East Somerset CCG, the deal will enable healthcare coordination to be strengthened in the region.
The CCTV had received numerous complaints from people who believe that the existing healthcare system is confusing to navigate.
Having agreed the deal, Virgin Care has announced that the contract will run for seven years, with the option to extend it for a further three-year period.
The CCG and the local council stated that this is in line with their current spending on community services.
This huge deal has resulted from a two-year engagement and consultation program, during which local staff and residents were enlisted to provide their views.
Dr Ian Orpen, clinical chair of the CCG, indeed indicated that this deal had been instigated based on the opinions of the local community.
“We have listened carefully to what local people had to say and we have a very good understanding of the improvements they would like to see. Virgin Care’s proposal means that services can be better co-ordinated and people will be supported to access all the services that can help them improve their health and wellbeing.”
Fifty community champions and subject matter experts were recruited in order to identify the priorities for healthcare in the region, and this group was also tasked with evaluating Virgin and its contender, Sirona Care & Health.
Cllr Vic Pritchard, cabinet member for adult social care and health at the Bath & North East Somerset Council, believes that the process which led to the involvement of the Virgin Care in the meeting had been transparent and cohesive.
Prichard is optimistic about the positive influence that Virgin Care can have on healthcare in the region.
“People told us they want more care delivered closer to home so services will be organised around GP practices providing access to a wider range of health and care professionals in people’s communities. They also asked us to join up services and information so that it’s easier for different professionals to work together to coordinate care. Virgin Care will enable this to happen by bringing people’s health and care records into one secure place.”
The CCG believes that opting for Virgin Care involvement will make it easier for the organisation to offer a variety of healthcare professionals, able to work together more closely and deliver better outcomes for patients.
It has also been announced that the council and the CCG will also include a clause in the contract which requires any financial surplus made by Virgin to be reinvested into services in the region.