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Hospital and community services join forces

Newsdate: 01 April 2019

At yesterday’s WWL Board of Directors and Council of Governors, the transfer of Wigan Community Services from Bridgewater Community Health NHS Foundation Trust to WWL was formally agreed.

This means, WWL will be welcoming into the Trust approximately 1000 new colleagues, working in Wigan Community Services from 1st April 2019. This will allow the hospital services to become fully integrated with and supportive of the following community services:

Children’s Services including - School Nursing; Community Health safeguarding; health reviews for Looked After Children; District Nursing; Early Years; Occupational Therapy; Audiology; Speech and Language Therapy; Health Visitors

Adult Services including – Integrated Community Services; GP Out of Hours; Fatigue; Palliative Care; Cardiac; Occupational Therapy; Continence; Counselling; Diabetes; Dietetics; District Nursing; Ear Care; Falls; Learning Disabilities services; Musculo Skeletal services; Podiatry; Wheelchair; Outreach; Walk In Centre. There will also be a number of Corporate Services colleagues.

Andrew Foster, Chief Executive says: “It is a great pleasure to extend a very warm welcome to community services joining the WWL family. This will help us to build on the great partnerships we have developed with Wigan Council, Wigan Borough CCG, the Borough’s GPs and other providers of health and care. We are delighted to embark on this exciting opportunity together, enabling us to work much better as a whole health and social care system, staying true to our fundamental aim of providing safe, effective and caring services for our patients and community, who will always be at the heart of everything that we do.

“We are already in a good position to influence our future, and we believe the specialised knowledge of Community Services staff that have joined the WWL family, will only build on our strong foundations and values as a Trust. Our core aim is to look after more people in their own homes or in the community and have fewer patients coming into hospital. This will put us in good stead on our journey to “outstanding”, and we will be in a great position to help shape how we deliver a new shared healthcare vision, as we begin the next stage of transformation in the development of the Healthier Wigan Partnership.”