New children’s health and wellbeing service to launch in April
Posted on: 13 March 2019
A partnership of local NHS trusts and social enterprises will deliver children’s community health and wellbeing services in Devon from 1 April.
The Devon Children and Families Alliance (The Alliance) was awarded the 23.8 million-a-year contract, of which Devon County Council contributes £1.6m. The contract is for seven years, with an option to extend it for a further three years.
The Alliance includes the six main providers in the county: Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Devon Partnership NHS Trust, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Northern Devon Healthcare Trust, and Livewell Southwest (a community interest company).
The contract covers services previously provided by Virgin Care as part of ‘Integrated Children’s Services’. These include child and adolescent community Mental Health Services (CAMHs), learning disability services, palliative care, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and specialist children’s assessment centres. Work is underway to ensure a seamlessly transfer services and staff.
The Alliance will build on improvements made by Virgin Care, working closely with partner organisations to provide an integrated service with children, young people and families at its heart.Posted in: Community