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Following a slight implementation delay due to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, Medequip has started its Integrated Community Equipment Loan Services in Sheffield (ICELSS) on behalf of Sheffield CCG and Sheffield City Council.

The ICES will see Medequip supply and maintain the equipment necessary to help people live independently in their own homes for longer.

One of the leading outsourced community equipment services (CES) providers to local authorities and the NHS, Medequip provides procurement, storage, delivery, installation, maintenance, collection, repair, cleaning, refurbishment and recycling services nationwide.

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After a competitive tender process, Medequip won the Integrated Community Equipment Service (ICES) contact back in March. The contract is set to last for a five-year period, with an option to extend beyond 2025 for a further two years.

Now, Medequip has taken over from the incumbent provider British Red Cross, which has worked closely with the provider to ensure a smooth transition of services.

According to the provider, this contract extends its proven track record throughout West, North and South Yorkshire, working with North Yorkshire County Council, North Yorkshire CCGs and Kirklees Council. Medequip is also the lead provider for the Rotherham Equipment and Wheelchair Service (REWS) which is operated on behalf of Rotherham CCG and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

ICELSS and Rotherham Equipment and Wheelchair Service will be run from Medequip’s depot in Rotherham, with the provider highlighting both the operational efficiencies and economies of scale.

Medequip already works with prescribers in Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, discharging and prescribing into the Rotherham area, so linking the two contracts geographically is expected to result in significant synergies, including a single point of prescription.

The existing Sheffield CES team is transferring employment across to Medequip to ensure a smooth transition and high level of service.

As part of the new ICELSS, Medequip will work with commissioners and prescribing teams to ensure that there is also a local solution for assessments, in particular ‘specials’, which are pieces of equipment designed specifically to match an individual’s requirements.

The new contract will operate on what is known as the TCES Community platform, which aims to enhance efficiencies and improve services for the people of Sheffield.

Starting the new ICES comes off the back of Medequip’s recent annual report for the year ended 31 December, which revealed a substantial rise in turnover to £166.9m.

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