New provider of community health services for Merton

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust (CLCH) is all set to start its new contract to provide community health services in Merton from today (1 April 2016).

Following a thorough and detailed procurement process, CLCH will take over the reins from The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

The council and NHS Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), chaired by local GP Dr Andrew Murray, have been working with CLCH to ensure a smooth transition for patients and staff.

Front line health professionals and the services they provide will remain, so health service users can be assured of continuity.  Over the next three years, CLCH, the CCG and Merton Council will work together, to strengthen the focus on prevention and ensure early help is available to those with additional needs.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for adult social care and health Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah said: “The Royal Marsden has done a good job for Sutton and Merton, and now I am looking forward to working with CLCH, especially on prevention. Advising people and helping them make healthy lifestyle choices is not only good for them as individuals and their quality of life, it is also better value for taxpayers as a healthier community is less dependent on our great National Health Service.”

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Notes to editors

CLCH will provide community health services as follows:

Adults: community nursing, community therapies, intermediate care, rapid response, discharge support, rehabilitation, specialist nursing (tissue viability, respiratory, hearth failure, diabetes), specialist community diabetes service, dietetics, podiatry, contraceptive and sexual health services, continuance service, speech and language therapy, falls prevention, end of life care services, excluding Musculoskeletal (MSK) services.

Children: health visiting, school nursing, special school nursing, specialist nursing support for children looked after and the multi-agency safeguarding hub, children’s therapies, education, health and care planning service.

NHS Merton CCG is a clinically-led organisation responsible for planning, buying and monitoring health services to meet the needs of local people.  It serves a population of 210,000 people and is made of 24 member GP practices.