New contract awarded to help people get back on their feet after illness

A new contract has been awarded to help people get back their independence as soon as possible after an illness or accident or injury.

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The Community Reablement Service offers support from occupational therapists and support workers in day-to-day living for people who are struggling to maintain their independence.

The service works with customers and tailors support to help them get back on their feet in the best way possible for them.

West Sussex County Council has awarded a new three year contract for the service to ECL (Essex Cares Ltd.).

"We know people find the service really important to help them get back on their feet after an illness or hospital stay. It provides reassurance that support is in place for them when they get home from hospital or are struggling to manage at home. We are delighted to continue working with ECL on this service and I am pleased more residents will continue to benefit from it and receive high-quality services."

Louise Goldsmith, Leader, West Sussex County Council

"We are delighted to have been chosen to work on this innovative new service working in partnership with West Sussex County Council. Our experience and excellent track record of working in West Sussex since 2012 positions ECL as the partner of choice in enabling people to remain independent at home. Our team of highly skilled care professionals look forward to working with the Occupational Therapy team to provide exemplary person-centered care and support across the county."

Keir Lynch, Chief Executive, ECL

People who are eligible for the service will be referred into it by the hospital, or community social care worker.

West Sussex County Council led procurement of the new reablement service through a competitive tender. The contract is worth up to £15 million.

The new contract will run for three years from 1 December 2017, with the opportunity to extend this for a further two years.

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