Looking to our future
Ridgeway Partnership, Oxfordshire Learning Disability NHS Trust is currently looking at a
range of strategic options for its future direction, which include continuing with its plans to
become a Foundation Trust and possible options around integration of services for the benefit
of the wider health system.
The Trust’s main priority is to secure the future development of its specialist health care and
social care support services for people who have learning disabilities and other long term
complex care needs.
We remain committed to a person-centred approach, placing the service user at the centre of
all we do.
With national policy expecting PCTs to focus on their principle role as commissioning
organisations, a priority for Oxfordshire PCT is to ensure the community health services
provide by their provider arm, Community Health Oxfordshire (CHO) are delivered as part of
another healthcare provider within the NHS.
Service Integration discussions
Following discussions with Oxfordshire PCT, we are currently exploring the options around
the closer integration of our services with the PCT’s provider arm Community Health
Oxfordshire (CHO) and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (NOC).
The discussions involve identifying opportunities to deliver services in different ways to meet
community needs across Oxfordshire and will help fully scope the benefits which might result
from a joint formal working relationship being established.
Any integration or partnership would seek to create cohesive community services that deliver
better patient pathways and improve access to services.
Early stages show that there are potential synergies between us for community service
development to improve service quality but the outcome of the review work will not be known
until March when the PCT Board will make a decision about the provider it wishes to work
with going forward. Alongside that our Trust Board will be making a decision around the
options on the future direction and form of the organisation at its Board meeting on March
The needs of our service users and of our staff will be at the forefront of any decisions which
Moving Towards Becoming an NHS Foundation Trust
Alongside the service integration talks outlined, the Trust is continuing to progress towards
becoming an NHS Foundation Trust.
In September 2009, the Board agreed to defer the Trust’s Foundation Trust application until
June 2010 on the basis that it would be in a better position to demonstrate security of income
after conclusion of the tenders for its services in Oxfordshire. This was done in consultation
with Monitor and with the full support of the South Central Strategic Health Authority.
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