The home healthcare branch of Bupa has announced that it is to form a partnership across the UK with Bluebird Care, a leading provider of domiciliary care. The partnership comes in response to a rising demand for integrated care and support packages from commissioning boards. This interesting new partnership will see Bupa Home Healthcare, which is one of the largest 'out of hospital' providers of care in the UK, tendering for new contracts together with Bluebird Care.
The healthcare aspects of care provision will be managed by Bupa Home Healthcare, which will provide services such as end-to-end case management and nursing care for patients with continuing needs. Bluebird will manage the non-medical aspects of care provision, such as assistance for patients in getting up each morning, getting to bed and practical help with household chores.
The Managing Director of Bupa Home Healthcare, Stephen Flanagan, said that the company was hugely excited by the potential of the innovative new offer available to NHS patients. He added that the company was confident that this integrated care package approach, delivered in partnership with Bluebird Care, would better support the needs of patients and provide a fuller care package for those remaining in their own homes after hospital treatment.
The MD of Bluebird Care, Paul Tarsey, echoed these sentiments, saying that the two brands had known for some time that both the private commissioning bodies and the NHS had long wanted to see solutions for a reliable, robust and cohesive care-provision service. The new relationship between Bluebird Care and Bupa Home Healthcare would put the organisations at the front of the market and provide an innovative provider partnership which would be unmatched elsewhere.
Bluebird Care is a care-in-the-home provider working across the UK. The company offers specialist services for customers who require a range of healthcare services in their own homes. Bluebird Care works alongside GPs, social services and Primary Care Trusts as part of its delivery, offering a range of tailored care package visits, which range from quick 15-minute drop-ins to ongoing live-in care support. The Bluebird success story began back in September 2004, when Paul and Lisa Tarsey, a husband and wife team, set up a small operating office in Petersfield. By 2006 they were ready to implement their plans to extend the business via a franchising model. Bluebird Care is now the UK's most rapidly growing franchise and has more than 140 offices across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Full details can be found at www.bluebirdcare.co.uk
Bupa's business aim is to assist people in living healthier, longer and happier lives. As a leading healthcare group with an international reach, Bupa offers a huge portfolio of services, such as providing health insurance to the domestic and company sectors, operating care homes for hospitals and older people, providing health services to workplaces along with chronic disease-management programmes, health assessments, health coaching and healthcare in the home. The company has no shareholders and it invests its profits into delivering better healthcare to a wider range of people. Bupa is also committed to making patient-centric, affordable and high-quality healthcare more widely accessible in the fields of chronic disease management, wellness and ageing. It employs over 52,000 people worldwide, with operations in the UK, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Thailand, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, China, India and Latin America.