Virgin Care wins £85m joint community services project with NHS Trust

Virgin Care Services Limited and Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust have been awarded a joint community services project worth £85m.

The procurement, undertaken jointly by North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG and Surrey Heath CCG, involves the award of three contracts worth £17m a year in total.

The contracts will begin on 1 April 2020 and run until March 2025, with a possible extension to 2027.

The new contracts will see the two organisations provide some services together across the North East Hampshire and Farnham and Surrey Heath areas, benefitting from their shared experience and learning across the wider geography covered by the two CCGs.

Sarah Wardle, managing director for Virgin Care Services Limited in Surrey, said: ‘I am so very pleased that our hard work since 2012 and the high quality services we’ve been delivering since then has been recognised, and that we now have the opportunity to work even more closely with our partners across Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System to continue supporting local people.

‘This new partnership will mean we have the flexibility to bring services more closely together, and to work with colleagues across the NHS and local authorities.’

Neil Dardis, chief executive of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, added: ‘I’m delighted we’ve won this bid to expand​ our provision of local community services, which is ​a key element of our new Trust strategy.

‘Our five-year plan is all about working with our local partners to enable patients to get joined-up, quality care closer to home, as well as helping them stay out of hospital and better manage their health and wellbeing.’

Frimley Health recently announced a five-year strategy with the aim of becoming a leader in health and wellbeing in the next decade.

Details of the plan includes implementation of a single, trust-wide electronic patient record, providing more services in the community, greater commercial offering and new business opportunities and artificial intelligence and robotics changing working practice.