COMMUNITY equipment services provider Medequip has announced that it has been recommissioned to continue delivering the Wirral Independence Service from July 1 2024.

The service aims at enhancing the independence and wellbeing of Wirral residents. The contract’s initial term will run for five years with the option to be extended to ten years.

Commissioned by Wirral Council and NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board, the service encompasses a range of vital provisions, including community equipment, care technology with 24/7 monitoring and emergency response, and a falls prevention programme led by the service’s Falls Prevention Team.

Medequip says it will work closely with health and social care prescribers and supplying appropriate community equipment, care technology and falls prevention support following an assessment and will help enable independent living, preventing hospital admissions, facilitating safe discharges, and alleviating pressure on care services.

Sara Sneath, General Manager at Medequip, said: “To be re-awarded the Wirral Independence Service contract is a testament to Medequip’s dedication to providing high-quality services, which was emphasised by our Business Development Team in our bid. Medequip has a strong relationship with its commissioning partners and has supported Wirral residents since July 2015.

“We are proud to continue supporting Wirral residents and help keep them independent.”

Medequip plans to relocate the service centre to a larger facility and is currently looking at suitable properties to fulfil the future needs of the service.

Rupert Lawrence, Head of Medequip Connect, stated: “We’re delighted that Medequip can embark on this exciting contract with Wirral Council and NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board as we develop and embed proactive and preventative TEC utilising the latest digital technologies and activities for daily living monitoring.

“Our innovative TEC service offer will provide the residents of Wirral with an industry-leading approach to supporting health, independence, and wellbeing using assistive technologies. Our holistic TEC service offers monitoring, installation and maintenance, and response services, supporting older and vulnerable people 24/7.

“By adopting a groundbreaking proactive and preventative approach, we hope this new contract will be used as a benchmark for other services in the UK.”