About Health has recently secured two new contracts to provide referral management services (RMS) to Harrogate Clinical Commissioing Group (CCG) and the North Tyneside, North Durham and South Tees CCGs.
As well as this, About Health has additionally secured two contract extensions to provide community dermatology services for West Hampshire CCG and Preston, Chorley and South Ribble CCG.
The referral management service provides a process for how GPs refer patients for specialist treatment. Consultants and specialists will provide support and education to GPs as part of the process by detailing alternative management plans where appropriate and providing links to resources they can use. Community dermatology reduces the waiting time for patients to be referred and can offer services in more intimate and comfortable environments for the patient.
Richard Benson, CEO of About Health, says:
“I am delighted with the award of these contracts which allow us to build on and expand our existing referral management and community dermatology. Independent evaluation of our services has shown that it delivers tangible benefits for referring clinicians and for patients, while generating significant savings for the NHS.
“These are services that have great transferability across the NHS and we will be working hard to expand the reach of our services.”