STRUCTURE: NHS Barnet’s community services has transferred out of the primary care trust into the Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust (CLCH).
The trust, which was already providing community services for the boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster, now serves four London primary care trust areas.
The transfer is in line with the requirement for PCTs to divest themselves of community services by April 1.
CLCH is the largest community healthcare organisation in London, and the first in the capital to be awarded NHS trust status. It now employs 3,000 community health professionals and provides services to 900,000 people.
CLCH chair Mike O’Donovan said the four boroughs’ combined experience would provide “innovative patient-focused services” for service users.
Chief executive James Reilly added: “We will work collaboratively with patients, GPs, councils and other key partners to further develop our services.
“Our staff will benefit from greater career learning and development opportunities and enhanced support.”
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NHS Barnet press release (see attached, right)