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East London NHS Foundation Trust announced as the new provider for Bedfordshire’s Community Health Services

02 March 2018


Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council are delighted to confirm that East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) will be delivering Community Health Services in Bedfordshire from 1 April 2018.

The five-year contract will be delivered in partnership with Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust (CCS) and 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.  

Working together the commissioning organisations are investing £39million in these services each year, which will ensure patients receive the highest quality of care.  ELFT is working closely with the current provider to ensure there is a seamless handover.

ELFT and CCS are leading providers of Community Health Services and have provided assurance of their track record for delivering services of a high standard and their ability to drive change, transform services and achieve excellence. The new contract which is based on the delivery of agreed outcomes, aims to transform community services, support the sustainability of primary care and the acute sector and ensure patients will receive care that is centred on their needs, co-ordinated through integrated multi-disciplinary teams and delivered within the community closer to home. 

Dr Andrew Edwards, GP and clinical lead for Community Health Services, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“We would like to reassure patients there will be no change in the way they access services when the new provider takes over the contract on 1 April.  ELFT and CCS are working very closely with the current provider to ensure there is no disruption to services, patients should continue to use services in the same way.  ELFT has demonstrated that it puts the service user at the heart of everything it does and ensures that they have a strong voice in developing services.”

Dr Edwards added: “Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and its commissioning partners are committed to the ongoing development of Community Health Services and enhancing the patient experience by improving the co-ordination of care.  This new contract enables us to continue delivering high quality health and social care services to local people that will be safe, fit for purpose and sustainable.”

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."

Matthew Winn, Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with East London NHS Foundation Trust. We look forward to working with the dedicated staff in Bedfordshire and local people to further develop services and ensure we place the needs of service users at the heart of all we do.” 


For further information contact:

BCCG’s communications team, 01525 624300, communications@bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk

East London NHS Foundation Trust communications team, 020 7655 4066, communications@elft.nhs.uk



Notes to editors

·        East London NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and community services in London and Bedfordshire including Luton. The Trust is recognised as a centre of excellence for innovation and improvement. The Trust’s extensive work in research and education has led to a number of pioneering health solutions, giving them a strong academic reputation.

·        Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 450,000 people who live in Bedfordshire. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.

·        BCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. All 51 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members of the CCG which is divided into five areas, which we call localities. These are: Bedford, Chiltern Vale, Leighton Buzzard, Ivel Valley and West Mid Bedfordshire and all of the 51 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members.

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