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Virgin Care wins £64m community child health contract

Virgin Care has won a five-year, £64 million contract to run community child health services in Wiltshire.

Virgin will be responsible for the provision of children's specialist community nursing, health visiting and speech and language therapy.

The services are currently being provided by five NHS providers. However, Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS England and Wiltshire Council believe that moving community service provision to one operator means patients will have "access to consistent and equitable levels of service and support regardless of where they live in the county".

The contract commences in April 2016.

Jayne Carroll, regional director at Virgin Care, said: "Staff working in areas affected by the change to the community child health services provider will continue in their current role with the same employment terms and conditions, but will be employed by Virgin Care as of April 2016.

"The changes made will help children's community health services in Wiltshire to continue to meet its statutory duties in relation to safeguarding and new responsibilities in relation to children and young people with a special educational need or disability."

Debra Elliott, director of commissioning for NHS England, said: "A single community child health service will help children and young people in Wiltshire receive the best possible start in life. For example, the same standards of care and easier access to services will be possible to all, through more joined-up working between health and social care professionals."

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Posted on: 12/11/2015

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