An innovative partnership has been created in the North East between the NHS and the private sector to share expertise in the provision of social care.
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW), the North East’s mental health and disability care provider, has signed an agreement with Newcastle-based Malhotra Group PLC which will enable them both to share their knowledge and experience in estates management, property redevelopment and accommodation needs to help deliver enhanced health and social care solutions in the region.
The partnership will see the Malhotra Group – whose subsidiary Prestwick Care provides nursing, dementia and residential care for elderly and vulnerable people across the North East – work closely with NTW in combining their individual capabilities to deliver increased value to the NHS.
Malhotra Group’s Chairman Meenu Malhotra said: “We very much believe in the benefits of private and public sector collaboration.
“We hope that, by entering into this alliance with NTW, we can share our expertise and experience to help bring further benefit to elderly and vulnerable people within the region.”
Welcoming the signing of the Strategic Alliance agreement, NTW Chief Executive John Lawlor said: “Our vision is to improve the wellbeing of everyone we serve through delivering services that match the best in the world. We hope that by entering into agreements such as this one with others we can share best practice and by doing so help improve the lives of local people through our services.
“With the signing of this innovative agreement with the Malhotra Group we are hoping to share expertise and, together, benefit those we care for.”
This agreement comes at a time when Government Ministers and health bosses have just promised to help one million more people in need of mental health care by committing an additional funding package of £1bn by 2020 with a plan that would help put mental and physical healthcare on an equal footing.