The Improving Lives contract awarded to Virgin Care by East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group came into effect on Sunday 1st May 2016, with responsibility for a range of acute, community and voluntary sector services transferred over safely and community staff transferred to Virgin Care.
Dr Charles Pidsley, Chair of the CCG said “We are extremely pleased to have worked with Virgin Care over the past year to reach this important landmark event for people living in East Staffordshire.
“We are confident that over the next seven years the Improving Lives contract will bring about significant improvements in the health care services for a large number of people in East Staffordshire, particularly those with long term conditions and frail, older people.
Dr Vivienne McVey, Director of Virgin Care said “We would like to give a very warm welcome to our new colleagues who are now part of the Virgin Care family and we are excited to be getting on with bringing about improvements for people in East Staffordshire.”
Tony Bruce, Accountable Officer for the CCG added “Improving Lives has been shaped by what patients told us was important to them, with input from GPs and hospital staff too. I would like to thank all of those people for their contributions. Special thanks are also due to the CCG and Virgin Care teams who have worked so hard to get us to this point. Their focus and commitment to improving the lives of so many people has driven this work and will be key to its success.
“I would also like to thank Stuart Poynor and the staff at Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership Trust for their support over the past month, while we finalised the mobilisation plans.“
The priority at the moment is to safely continue the services that have transferred and so patients are unlikely to see any changes in the short term. Patients are advised that that they should continue to attend appointments and use services as usual.