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Newmedica featured in new NHS COVID-19 partnerships report

May 2021

Newmedica is featured in a new report out today which shines a light on the vital role independent providers of primary, community and diagnostic services have played in supporting the NHS during the most recent waves of the pandemic.

Following up on IHPN’s “Working together during COVID-19”, previous report published last summer which looked at the key role independent providers of primary, community and diagnostics services played in supporting the NHS during the first wave of Covid, this new report highlights how these partnerships have continued during the second and third waves of the pandemic to ensure patients have been able access the care they needed.

Today’s new report, “Working together during the second and third waves of COVID-19”, demonstrates the breadth of support that the sector has provided to the NHS and patients all across the country through what was arguably the most challenging winter period in the health service’s history.

This partnership working includes Newmedica’s support in ensuring that patients received continuity in their eye care despite pressures on local NHS services, and in reducing waiting times for vital eye surgery.

Independent primary, community and diagnostics providers have made a significant contribution in helping the NHS clear the elective care backlog across a range of specialities including ophthalmology, gynaecology as well as key diagnostic scans tests – providing care closer to people’s homes and communities and reducing pressure on the acute sector.

Today’s report from IHPN also highlights the dedication of the tens of thousands of independent sector staff during the second and third waves of the pandemic. This includes through their contribution to the vaccine rollout, where significant numbers of independent sector staff volunteered to help with the NHS’s biggest ever vaccine drive and delivering thousands of jabs for housebound patients, the homeless and other vulnerable groups.

Tim Manners, Medical Director at Newmedica, said: ‘While it has been a really challenging year for all of us, we’re pleased to have been able to strengthen our existing relationships with local NHS trusts in order to be able to support their service delivery – and ultimately support their patients to achieve better outcomes due to their receiving continuity of care.

‘We’ll continue to work with our NHS partners as we move into the recovery phase of this pandemic, to help them rebuild their services in a managed way which allows patients to achieve care when and where they need it.’

David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: ‘I’m delighted to be launching our new report, “Working together…during the second and third waves of the pandemic” which showcases just some of the many inspiring partnerships between independent primary, community and diagnostic providers and the NHS during what has undoubtedly been the toughest winter in the health service’s history.

‘Staff working in the independent community health sector really have gone above and beyond to deliver the best possible care for NHS patients – breaking down traditional organisational boundaries and collaborating in new and innovative ways with the NHS. This incredible work includes Newmedica’s work in supporting continuity of ophthalmology care for the benefit of patients and local NHS services.’

‘While Covid cases have now thankfully reduced with pressures easing on the health service independent providers across the primary, community and diagnostics sector remain committed to supporting the NHS and building on this partnership working – locking in some of the key innovations that have come about during the pandemic and ensuring patients can access the care they need as the recovery of the health service continues.’