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CLCH becomes an NHS trust

The largest community healthcare organisation in London - Central London Community Healthcare (CLCH) - has become the first in the capital to be awarded standalone National Health Service trust status. The move, a spokesperson said, will enable CLCH to best serve local communities, giving patients and carers better choice and access to services

Ruth Carnall, chief executive of NHS London, said:
“I am pleased to welcome CLCH to the NHS in London as an NHS trust in their own right. The NHS needs to work closely with local authorities and community services to give Londoners more consistent and coordinated care. By coming together to transform its community services, CLCH will combine the expertise of its staff to provide better quality care for people, more of the time, in central London.”

[quote top=Mike O’Donovan, chair of CLCH, added:]
I’m proud that today CLCH has been awarded NHS trust status. This is a tribute to our reputation for excellence and our staff’s expertise. As Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust we will continue to deliver innovative community-based treatment to patients that reflect their needs and also to work collaboratively with partners in the NHS and beyond.[/quote]

The process took four years and the achievement represents the first step on CLCH’s journey to becoming a community foundation trust in 2012.