Sigma supports the NHS Change Programme

Sigma has supported the development of the Competitive Dialogue Procurement process by way of advice and facilitation for the East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (ESCCG) for a new outcomes-based contract.

Virgin Care has been named as the successful partner and Sigma will continue to work with the ESCCG and Virgin Care to develop a Joint Collaborative Working Agreement which will be entirely outcomes-based with minimal transactional contract management involvement. This is a truly transformational approach to integrating the health services in East Staffordshire for the frail and elderly patients, deploying Virgin Care’s expertise for the Improving Lives Programme.

The details of the Improving Lives Programme were announced in April 2015:

East Staffordshire CCG announces Virgin Care as partner for Improving Lives programme

East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced Virgin Care as its partner for a seven-year Improving Lives programme.

The innovative Improving Lives programme has been designed with patients and clinicians to give people with long-term health conditions and frail, elderly residents of East Staffordshire more control over their own care. Local people are set to benefit from earlier support, more choice and better integrated care.

The programme follows extensive conversations with local people and clinicians last year where it was evident doctors and local people want services that make life simpler for patients and carers:

  •  Self-help support – better access to education as well as self-help groups to enable shared support and information sharing.
  • Join up NHS care – clinicians working together with more patients in control of their care using new technologies such as tele-care to enable self-care and remote monitoring of health conditions such as diabetes.
  • Wider choice of high quality services – bringing seven day access to support through a single call for example.

Dr Charles Pidsley, Chair of East Staffordshire CCG, said: “We are delighted to be working with Virgin Care to put the Improving Lives programme into practice. We are confident they will bring about the changes needed to improve care to local people, particularly those with long term health problems.”

The Improving Lives programme will run for seven years from 2016. Virgin Care will manage the programme, coordinating across service providers to deliver agreed outcomes and services as appropriate. East Staffordshire CCG will monitor the contract and both organisations will continue the dialogue with local people and clinicians to deliver the improvements promised.

Dr Neil Goulbourne, Head of Innovation at Virgin Care said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to partner with East Staffordshire CCG to deliver the Improving Lives programme. We’ve enjoyed working with the CCG and local people to design improvements to these services and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with patients, staff and carers to build the services with them that they need and want.”