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ACE wins one of England’s largest current healthcare contracts to deliver Care Closer to Home

 

It was announced on the 14th July, that Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE) has been awarded one of England’s largest current healthcare contracts to deliver Care Closer to Home (community based health services), by North East Essex CCG.

ACE’s Managing Director, Lynne Woodcock, said it was fantastic news for the local community who will benefit from improved coordination of care and easier access to services. “Care Closer to Home is integral to improving community health services by making a whole range of services available as close to people’s homes as possible. We know people would like their healthcare services to be more joined up and accessible and we are looking forward to working more closely with local GPs, Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and other key partners to deliver a more seamless service.”

Lynne recognised the achievement of ACE staff by adding, “The new service has been designed by our staff, who are delighted that their hard work and commitment to delivering high quality services has been recognised.

“We are an experienced community healthcare provider in North East Essex and have been recognised at national level for the high quality of care our staff provide and we feel privileged to have been offered this exciting opportunity. Our challenge now is to integrate all the community services we will be responsible for from April 2016 and ensure delivery is to the same high standards patients have come to expect from us.”

Samantha Hepplewhite, Acting Chief Officer at the North East Essex CCG, said: "This was a very rigorous process and we received high levels of interest from the market with some very strong bids.  ACE has demonstrated robust quality, service delivery, transformation, patient experience in their bid.  They also displayed a sound knowledge of healthcare provision and the importance of working with health and social care professionals to offer a joined up service.  We are now looking forward to working with ACE to ensure these services are up and running by April 2016 and to ensure people know about how these changes will affect them in the future.”

The Care Closer to Home contract begins on April 1 2016 but Lynne said the hard work to ensure everyone hits the ground running has already begun.