Social Enterprise organisation set to continue with new NHS contract
In operation as a community interest company since July 2011, Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Suffolk have now been invited to provide continued Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Services (MSK) and Back and Neck Services (BaNS) following their successful bid to a new tender which was issued by West Suffolk CCG during the summer. NHS patients receiving treatment ranging from acute injuries to chronic conditions will be able to attend appointments at any one of the ten clinics in the west of the county which includes the newly appointed treatment rooms in Bury St Edmunds. A 100-strong team of physiotherapists will deliver the service which allows patients to self-refer for treatment through the internet.
AHP Suffolk's CEO, Jo Douglas said "I am delighted that we are able to continue the service we started in 2011, when, as a newly formed Community Interest Company, we set out to do things differently. Our patients are at the very heart of everything we do and we aim to treat and help patients manage their conditions as quickly and effectively as possible. During the last three years we have made great strides to deliver patient care through our online self-referral process and it is now quite wonderful to think that our work has been recognised with the renewal of this contract. We aim to continue to support all our patients and commissioners and continue to further improve the service we offer"
Dr Rakesh Raja, West Suffolk CCG Lead for Planned Care added: "As a family doctor working in West Suffolk I have been very happy with the service we have received from AHPS for the past three years and as commissioner for orthopaedic services have enjoyed working with AHPS to develop some very effective treatment pathways which have given patients the tools to manage their conditions successfully. AHPS submitted a compelling bid for the service and I look forward to working with them to evolve the services further".
Patients in West Suffolk will be able to choose where to receive their treatment; in the west of the county the clinics are based in Brandon, Bury St. Edmunds, Haverhill, Ixworth, Newmarket, Stowmarket, Sudbury, Thetford, Wickhambrook and Woolpit with a further 14 locations in the east. Further information is available from AHP Suffolk's website at