Bexley's Community Health Services join Oxleas

In a move described by Oxleas Chief Executive Stephen Firn as "the most exciting and significant development since we became a foundation trust in 2006", Bexley's Community Health Services join Oxleas today (1 July 2010).

The transfer of community health services from Bexley Care Trust centres on the way they are managed, with no change to those who receive the services. The Care Trust has become solely a commissioner of services. 

Specialist children’s services are to be run by South London Healthcare Trust, while all other community health services will be run by Oxleas. 

Stephen continued: “Welcoming community health services to Oxleas creates a fantastic opportunity to end the artificial divide between physical and mental health needs and to develop first class community services for the people of Bexley."

Bexley Care Trust Chief Executive Anthony McKeever said: “People who receive these important services will still receive a high standard of care, with no difference to the way they are delivered. However, the change to the way they are managed means that, over time, they can become more integrated with the community – ultimately improving health services in the borough as a whole.”

Around 400 staff have transferred to Oxleas. The majority are nurses including district nurses, school nurses and health visitors. We also welcome a large range of therapists including podiatrists, audiologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists. 

Services transferred to Oxleas:

  • Out-of-hospital services (including the ‘Step up, Step Down’ ward, Urgent Care Centre and Care Navigation Team)
  • Long-term conditions (including neuro-rehabilitation, the community diabetes service, rehabilitation and enablement and the HIV team)
  • Universal children’s services (including health visitors, school nurses, youth advisory and sexual health and safeguarding children services)
  • Adult community nursing (including virtual wards, district nurses, night services and specialist nursing for Tissue Viability).
  • Support services (such as administrative and finance staff).

To find out more about the services that have transferred to Oxleas go to the service list and click on Community health services on the left.

Services transferred to South London Healthcare NHS Trust:

  • Children’s specialist services (including paediatric speech and language services, audiology, the eye clinic, ‘opportunity playgroups’ and positive parenting services)
  • Community paediatrics.

Published on 1st July 2010