Welcome to your care, your way

We believe that everyone in Bath and North East Somerset should be able to access the best possible health and care services in their community and feel supported to live happy, healthy and independent lives. That's why we launched your care, your way; an ambitious two year project to review, design and deliver integrated community services in partnership with local people.

Virgin Care Contract Approved

NHS Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and Bath & North East Somerset Council have endorsed the award of a seven year contract to Virgin Care to deliver community health and care services in Bath and North East Somerset.

The decision follows almost two years of extensive consultation with service users, members of the public and health & care professionals. Preparations will now begin for services to be transferred to Virgin Care on 1 April 2017.

Cllr Vic Pritchard, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health said:

“The Council has voted to follow the recommendation of a wide range of service users, carers and subject matter experts who have dedicated hundreds of hours to scrutinising the bids and really understand how services need to change.

“This decision marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the integration of health and care services in Bath and North East Somerset. Local people can look forward to a more joined up and personalised service in the future with the focus firmly on prevention and supporting people to maintain their independence.”

Dr Ian Orpen, Clinical Chair of the CCG, said:

“I am pleased that we can now start the process of transferring services. Following extensive consultation with local people and a very rigorous procurement process, the CCG Board is assured that Virgin Care is the right organisation to deliver the personalised and preventative care that local people have asked for.

“We will be working closely with the Council and our new partners, Virgin Care, over the coming months to ensure that services and staff are transferred across safely on 1 April 2017 and to minimise disruption to the care and support that people currently receive.” 

Read the Full Business Case for the future of community health and care services.

Feeling the difference

Our team of community champions have worked alongside a range of subject matter experts to select Virgin Care as the preferred bidder for community services.

Watch our series of five short videos to learn more about Virgin Care’s proposals and how they would make a difference to people’s lives.