A new contract to provide dementia services across Wiltshire has been awarded to a local independent charity, Alzheimer’s Support.
Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have awarded the contract, which begins on 1 April 2017.
It will see Alzheimer’s Support provide services to people with dementia, their families and carers, and was awarded after a full tender process. It has been jointly funded by Wiltshire Council and the Wiltshire CCG, although their funding does not cover the complete costs of the services provided; Alzheimer’s Support relies on donations and grants from other organisations to deliver some of its services.
There are two parts to the contract awarded; the first will see Alzheimer’s Support provide dementia advisory services for two years with the option to extend for a further year, while the second will see core and community services provided for two years with the option to extend this element for a further two years. The service is currently provided by both Alzheimer’s Society in the north and south of the county, and Alzheimer’s Support in the east and west, and will continue in this way until 31 March 2017.
Jerry Wickham, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for public health and adult social care, said: “I am delighted we have been able to award the contract to a local partner that is already successfully providing services to our residents.
“We are committed to protecting those who are most vulnerable in our communities, and this new contract will ensure people with dementia and their families throughout Wiltshire are given the care and support they need.
“We will, of course, ensure the transition is as smooth as possible for all affected residents, and this will be aided in part by the fact that Alzheimer’s Support already provides services for half of the county.”
Dr Peter Jenkins, Chair of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group added: “We are delighted to be working with Alzheimer’s Support, which is unrivalled in terms of its expertise and experience in the field of dementia. We know that this service will continue to really make a difference to the quality of life for people with dementia and will build upon the good work that Alzheimer’s Support is already providing in Wiltshire.”
Babs Harris, CEO of Alzheimer’s Support said: “We are delighted to have won this contract and to have the opportunity to extend our services across the whole of Wiltshire. This is a great tribute to our staff, trustees and volunteers, and very good news for people affected by dementia in Wiltshire.
“Since our charity started in 1990 we have taken pride in supporting people living with dementia and their families with flexible, practical and greatly-valued services. We now look forward to working with communities across the county to extend these and to ensure a smooth transition.
“We understand there may be uncertainty in parts of north and south Wiltshire, but we would like to reassure everyone currently receiving support that our aim is to continue to provide high quality services and we will be working towards improving access wherever possible after 1 April.”
For more information about Alzheimer’s Support, visit www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk.