COMMERCIAL: Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust has been successful in its bid to run integrated healthcare services to West Kent Prisons and Forensic Units in Maidstone and Dartford.

The trust – which presently provides a range of healthcare services across the three London boroughs of Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich – will carry out the work in partnership with the Medical Centre in Maidstone through a new organisation called the Kent Healthcare Consortium.

The consortium will provide primary healthcare services to Her Majesty’s Prisons at Maidstone, Blantyre House and East Sutton Park in addition the service will also support specialist psychiatric units in Maidstone and Dartford.

The £4.6m contract begins in November 2011 and will last for five years. John Enser, Oxleas service director for forensic and prison services, said: “I am delighted that we have been successful in our bid. This development means that as a consortium we will be responsible for providing a full range of physical healthcare services in addition to the mental health services already provided by Oxleas to West Kent Prisons.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their contribution and hard work throughout the bid preparation process to ensure our success in this bid.

“This development marks the start of an exciting phase for us as we aim to meet the physical and mental health needs of service users both in prisons and the Forensic Units in West Kent.”