Arthritis-Care-LogoArthritis Care’s new Chief Executive is now in post

Judi Rhys, the new Chief Executive for Arthritis Care, started work on 23th August. Judi is already getting out and about, and will be attending the ARUK’s National Arthritis Week 2013 parliamentary reception on 9th October 2013.

Circle named preferred bidder for landmark MSK contract

Circle Holdings Limited has won preferred bidder status for the landmark Prime Contractor MSK integrated service in Bedfordshire.

The 5 year contract – which includes a partnership of Pennine MSK, the developer of the original, and currently only, integrated model of MSK services, in Oldham – is the first of its kind in the country and is focused on improving care for Bedfordshire’s 440,000 patients.

The bid means that MSK services within Bedfordshire CCG, which were previously handled by more than 20 separate contracts, will now be organised by one Prime Contractor, Circle.

Negotiation between both parties over the detailed terms of the proposal will now commence.
Circle will be leading the partnership including:

  • Pennine MSK Partnership,
  • Horizon Health Choices, a local healthcare provider of a range of NHS services, including MSK, in a variety of community settings across Bedfordshire
  • Arthritis Care and NRAS, the leading local and national patient charities.
  • Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, a local NHS Foundation Trust and provider of secondary care and community services who will be working with Circle to develop the model of care in Bedfordshire.

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