The NHS North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group has issued 12-month notice on a contract that provides community services across Colchester and Tendring.
The seven-year Care Closer to Home contract was awarded to Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE) in 2015 to provide services such as community nursing, falls prevention, audiology, cardiology and ophthalmology across Colchester and Tendring.
It aimed to focus on the needs of patients and to offer treatment in, or near to, their homes instead of adding pressure to existing sites, such as hospitals.
The NEECCG and its partners said the move paves the way for a new contract that will go further to support the delivery of more joined-up care between local primary care, social care and community services, and acute hospital care.
But ACE chief executive Frank Sims said he was “saddened” by the decision, particularly given that a joint review of the Care Closer to Home contract found “very high levels of satisfaction” and “extremely high levels of KPI performance”, with ACE complying with over 90% of its contract KPIs in the last three years.
“ACE has always been committed to ensuring people have had access to the best possible care across Colchester and Tendring,” Sims added.
“We will work with the CCG to support the smooth transition to new arrangements during the next 12 months and do everything we can to ensure our hard working staff are supported at this time.”
Dr Ed Garratt, chief executive of the NEECCG, said: “Over the past five years, staff at ACE have worked tirelessly to ensure local people and patients receive the care and treatment they need closer to their home.
“We are grateful to them for all of their hard work and we would like to assure their excellent staff that there will be a positive future for them locally.”
“The CCG will continue to work closely with ACE to ensure there is a smooth transition to the new arrangements and we thank them for their professionalism.”