FINANCE: Five providers have been selected to lead the delivery a £1.8bn, 10 year contract to improve older peoples’ care in Croydon.

Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group and Croydon Council have designed the outcomes based commissioning contract.

The five providers are:

  • Croydon Health Services Trust;
  • South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust;
  • Croydon GPs Group, which aims to include all the GP practices in the borough;
  • Age UK Croydon; and
  • Croydon Council’s adult social care.

They are expected to deliver around £178m worth of services a year through a “provider alliance” model and work with other providers in Croydon. The CCG will contribute £139m and the council £39m a year.

The majority of social care, community and out of hours services, emergency hospital care, elective hospital care, mental health services, continuing care, and continuing care services for over 65s will be included in the contract.

However, some services remain outside the current scope including London Ambulance Service Trust and core primary care.

The contract is due to start in April next year.

Over 65s account for 13 per cent of Croydon’s population and this is expected to grow to more than 20 per cent over the next 10 years.

Croydon CCG clinical chair Tony Brzezicki said: “We know that to meet the health and social care needs of the people of Croydon, we have to fundamentally change the way we commission and provide care. From talking to patients and families we are clear that services need to be proactive rather than reactive.

“We need to put users and patients at the centre of their care and support them to take decisions and manage their lives so they can stay healthy in their homes, out of hospital wherever possible and be there in times of crisis.”

Councillor Louisa Woodley, Croydon Council’s cabinet member for people and communities, said: “I’m pleased we’re one of the first councils in the UK to start this innovative project, but I am most pleased that older people in Croydon will get care tailored to their needs.

“With London’s biggest population, Croydon is planning ahead so that our local professionals work closer together to meet future demand.”