The winner of a £238m Kirklees health contract has finally been revealed.
The five year multi-million deal has gone to Batley-based social enterprise Locala.
The huge contract secures the future for the not-for-profit firm, formed to provide community care in Kirklees in 2011.
But the award means approximately a £5m loss of income for rival bidder the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.
NHS North Kirklees and NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) said the decision was the first step towards delivering their vision of integrated, community-based services across Kirklees with an emphasis on care being closer to people’s homes or within their homes.
Dr Steve Ollerton, Chair of Greater Huddersfield CCG and a Skelmanthorpe GP, said: “A single lead provider for community services will ensure that care across Kirklees is more joined up than it has ever been, and help us to focus on improving the patient experience.”
Dr David Kelly, Chair of NHS North Kirklees CCG and Heckmondwike GP, said: “Both CCGs are strongly committed to delivering healthcare that is closer to people’s homes and more joined-up.
“We know this is what local people want, and I am delighted that we are now in a position to begin the process of delivering our vision.”
The CCGs said over the coming months Locala would work with existing providers of community health services to ensure a seamless handover.
Locala Community Partnerships will take over responsibility for services from October 2015, with a phased implementation plan that will be delivered throughout the first year.
Robert Flack, Chief Executive, Locala Community Partnerships, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be the chosen lead provider for this work.
“Colleagues have been crafting and shaping our new model of care for months and are eager to put it into action.”