Following the award of the Adult Community Healthcare Services Contract to Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GWH), Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have requested GWH to manage the adult community services earlier than the agreed formal contract start date of the 18 February 2017 in a caretaking role. This action is in response to SEQOL formally requesting to end their contract ahead of schedule, due to their challenging financial position and workforce challenges.

This will provide the opportunity to transfer the services prior to winter and embed staff into the new organisation to minimise any unnecessary impact of service delivery. The CCG have been working closely with SEQOL to support the implementation of a quality improvement programme of work. The need to maintain the momentum of the improvement programme will be vitally important, therefore the CCG strongly believes GWH will be able to provide stability for both patients and staff.

SEQOL staff have been committed to implementing the quality improvements and they are passionate about the care they deliver to the health community of Swindon.

For the CCG, Swindon Borough Council (SBC), GWH and SEQOL, the safe and seamless transfer of services is paramount.

 

The planned transfer date for services to GWH is 1 October 2016 and additional services currently provided by SEQOL will be transferring to SBC on the same day. Patients and service users can be reassured that the continuity of care will be maintained during this transition period.