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

16 November 2017



Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council are delighted to announce that East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) is the preferred bidder to provide Community Health Services in Bedfordshire for the next 5 years.

The annual value of the contract, which is due to commence 1 April 2018, is £39m and covers a range of Community Health Services for children and adults. For children this includes the Health Visiting and School Nursing services, community paediatricians, the Looked After Children’s Health Team and allied health professionals such as Speech and Language Therapists. For adults this includes specialist nursing, community geriatricians, rapid response and rehabilitation and step-up / step-down beds.

The jointly commissioned services are a great example of partnership working to ensure the quality provision of services for patients and the public in Bedfordshire.

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

“ELFT is a leading provider of Community Health Services and provided assurance of its track record for delivering services to a high standard and its ability to drive change, transform services and achieve excellence. 

The new contract means 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.

As part of our work to develop the new model of care we engaged service users and carers. In addition, users, carers and Healthwatch representatives met the bidders to provide feedback on their ideas, helping them to fine-tune the plans they submitted as part of the procurement process. ELFT demonstrated that it puts the service user at the heart of everything it does and ensures that they have a strong voice in continuous service development.”

Dr Edwards added: “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: “We are delighted to be the preferred provider of Community Health Services for Bedfordshire. We feel this is a reflection of our excellent reputation for delivering high quality clinical services in East London, Luton and Bedfordshire.”

Matthew Winn, Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust added:

“We’re delighted to be working in partnership with East London NHS Foundation Trust to deliver children’s services across Bedfordshire. As the provider of children’s services in Luton, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, we look forward to working with the dedicated staff in Bedfordshire to support children to have the very best start in life.”



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

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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