NHS Milton Keynes CCG has confirmed that a joint venture between two providers will secure the future of integrated urgent care services for the county.
The successful joint venture between DHU Health Care CIC and Milton Keynes Urgent Care Services CIC will see both companies working together to provide integrated urgent care throughout the county for the next five years.
Services provided will include delivery of care at the Urgent Care Centre in Milton Keynes and a Clinical Assessment Service that will provide enhanced clinical triage by senior clinicians.
After positive meetings between MKUCS Executive/Board and members of the DHU Executive team an agreement was made to create a formal partnership between the two companies to run the services.
DHU Health Care CEO Stephen Bateman said: “I am delighted with the win. It will see almost 350k patients in Buckinghamshire now having access to DHU Health Care’s exemplary integrated urgent care in partnership with the local provider Milton Keynes Urgent Care Services CIC (MKUCS).
“As a joint team, given the current incumbent urgent care provider and ourselves as the incumbent NHS111 Provider, it is great news that we have been successful and will start delivering fully integrated urgent care services from the 1st April 2019 for the patients and communities that we serve across Milton Keynes.”
Patients will benefit from the contract as DHU are the national leading provider of integrated urgent care services and MKUCS have a strong understanding of the local area.
The contract will run for 5 years with the option to extend for 2 years thereafter. Contract value c.£20m total across the 5 year period.