Health partnerships to merge in 2019

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 December 2018 | UPDATED: 10:19 31 December 2018

A recruitment drive has been launched at North Somerset Community Hospital.

A recruitment drive has been launched at North Somerset Community Hospital.

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Two health partnerships’ say a merger will make them ‘stronger’.

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The Bristol Community Health and North Somerset Community Partnership (NSCP), which operates Clevedon’s hospital, in Old Street, have announced their plans to combine forces.

The merger will take place in the summer, subject to a successful joint partnership bid for the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG’s) Adults’ Community Healthcare Contract.

The news follows the CCG’s decision to commission a single provider to run the service from April 2020.

The two staff-owned Community Interest Companies share a track record of delivering high quality local services.

A recruitment drive has been launched at North Somerset Community Hospital.A recruitment drive has been launched at North Somerset Community Hospital.

On December 18, staff shareholders voted in favour of merging.

Judith Brown, the chief executive of the NSCP, said: “Our organisations are passionate about community health care – keeping people out of hospital, maximising their independence and supporting them to remain well at home.

“We share a vision for how to achieve this through joint working with local GPs and other health and social care provider organisations.

“We both create measurable community and social impact – the lives of people are better, and communities are stronger, because of what we do.

“We share a growing number of projects which deliver social value locally, including peer support groups, leg clubs and a community navigators project which tackles loneliness. Both organisations have also set up small charitable grants.”

The merged organisation will be in the top 10 employee-owned groups by size in the UK.

Julia Clarke, chief executive of Bristol Community Health, said: “Merging with NSCP puts us in the best possible position to win this tender, for the benefit of local people and staff who want to see local healthcare delivered by local not-for-profit providers. Put simply, we are stronger together.

“Our organisations have a track record of delivering high quality NHS community health services which meet the diverse needs of the population.

“If we merge, we can maximise efficiencies and achieve best value use of public money.”

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