City disabled and mental health services will now be managed from London.
As of yesterday all local NHS community healthcare services formally became part of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, a high performing NHS Foundation Trust which already offers a wide range of community and mental health services across London and Southern England.
It is aiming to improve the experience of city people in using services that improve their health and wellbeing.
However, the move was previously opposed by both city MPs.
Claire Murdoch, chief executive of CNWL said: “I am delighted that CNWL is now responsible for Milton Keynes Community Healthcare Services and have extended a warm welcome to all of their staff. I am excited about our future, working together with local partners to continue providing high quality healthcare in Milton Keynes.
“This development follows our previous integrations with community services in both Camden and Hillingdon. We are now in a unique position to provide a very holistic approach to the care we give, balancing an individual’s mental health needs alongside their physical health problems and vice versa.
“There are clear synergies between the two areas and I am excited to see how this combination of services can lead to unique, but hugely beneficial services that really do deliver the very best patient care.”
Cathy Walker, managing director of Milton Keynes Community Health Services explained: “CNWL is an NHS organisation which runs similar services to our own in parts of London, Kent, Surrey and Hampshire. Our organisations are a natural fit and, I am sure our joint approach will strengthen the services we provide.
“The acquisition by CNWL will not disrupt current arrangements to the care we provide. So, for example, if you are visited by a district nurse, he or she will continue to visit and provide the same support as before. Over time we will be looking at where we can learn from other parts of CNWL and share best practice to make improvements to our services.”
Jeannie Ablett, chief officer at NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group said: “As commissioners, we look forward to working with CNWL for the benefit of our local population in Milton Keynes. They have extensive experience as a service provider and we have been impressed with their vision and innovative plans for further improving the community health services for local patients.
“We want to emphasise that this transfer will not affect local patients - high quality services will continue to be provided in the same way, and staff currently delivering these services will continue to do so from the same locations.”