COMMERCIAL: Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust has been awarded contracts worth £148m to provide eight community services over five years.

The integrated mental health, learning disabilities and community services provider successfully bid to run the community services and adult and children therapy services across the county.

Child in hospital

One of the contracts is for integrated children and young people’s health services

The trust had previously been providing most of the services through Health Partnerships, its community provision arm.

The commissioners that awarded the contracts are: Nottingham West, Nottingham North and East, Nottingham City, Rushcliffe, Mansfield and Ashfield, and Newark and Sherwood clinical commissioning groups.

The contracts, which begin in April 2016, include:

  • adult integrated care teams across the Rushcliffe, Nottingham North and East, and Nottingham West CCG areas;
  • community nursing evening and night service;
  • integrated children and young people’s health services;
  • nursing for children in care; and
  • adult allied health professionals.

Each contract includes the possibility of a two year extension.

The trust will provide the services in Nottingham West and Nottingham North and East alongside Primary Integrated Community Services, a GP led primary care provider.

East Midlands Ambulance Service Trust and out of hours GP provider Nottingham Emergency Medical Services will also provide some services with Nottinghamshire Healthcare.

Health Partnerships chief operating officer Paul Smeeton said: “I am absolutely delighted that the trust has been chosen to deliver these services for the communities in Nottinghamshire.

“This will provide a period of stability for our staff in which they can engage with patients and continue to develop services for the future in a creative and innovative way – ensuring that patient care remains the most important thing we think about.”