Everyone at Provide is committed to providing ‘Safe, Clean Care’ for all our patients. We believe we are all responsible for delivering high-quality, safe care - whether in our hospitals, clinics or patients’ homes. We ensure our high standards are maintained by having an Infection Prevention team. This team includes:
Provide became a Community Interest Company (CIC) on 1st April 2011, as part of the Government initiative to separate the commissioning and provider roles of the local NHS.
We started trading as Central Essex Community Services (CECS), changing to Provide in September 2013. This allows us to focus on providing care, while the commissioning bodies focus on commissioning care. As a CIC (social enterprise), we retain our NHS values and public service ethos. We are a not-for-profit organisation, owned by our staff members. We have been providing high-quality, effective and safe services for many years, prior to our birth as a stand-alone Community Interest Company.
Now, as an established, credible community provider, we will protect the breadth, responsiveness and quality of services that patients and the public rely on.
Whilst we will continue to focus on and improve our community services, we will also be able to provide a greater range of services. Going forward, as a flexible provider of care, we are confident that our organisation has the skills to thrive and build on a good track record.
Provide CIC is committed to providing services which are safe and of high quality, and we will continue to improve everything we do.
Provide is owned by its employees. Every Provide worker, from the frontline clinical staff, to admin support staff, is given the opportunity to become an owner of the company for just £1. As an owner they have a say in the future direction of the company, make suggestions for improvements and influence how any profits are reinvested.
Provide is a social enterprise. A social enterprise is a business with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested in the business or community rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.
It means any profits we make are reinvested into the local community or back into the business, they do not go to shareholders and/or owners. Social enterprises operate in almost every industry in the UK, from health and education to retail and recycling.
Other well-known social enterprises include The Big Issue and The Eden Project.
Providing Healthy Support for Local Charities.
As a not for profit organisation Provide re-invests any surpluses back into the communities it serves. The Provide Foundation partners with the Essex Community Foundation (ECF) to effectively invest funds into voluntary and community organisations to help people in Essex have better access to community health services.
In 2015 the Provie Foundation grant funding totaled almost £90,000.
The funds were presented at a special awards ceremony and were shared between 20 voluntary and community organisations for health-related projects. An organisation providing respite for carers, a group helping people who have experienced sexual violence and a lunch club for pensioners which offers companionship and helps to reduce isolation, were among those receiving grants.
There was a top award of £20,000 which was presented to Action for Family Carers based in Maldon and working across Essex. A further award of £10,000 was awarded to CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse) in Colchester. The remaining 18 organisations all received grants and donations ranging from £1,000 to £5,000.
Apply for a Grant.
Voluntary and community organisations can apply for grants from the Provide Foundation of around £5000, plus an allocation of £20,000 for a special project. Grants are awarded annually and are managed for the Foundation by ECF. For further information please contact EC directly:
Provide is a staff-owned community interest company (often referred to as a social enterprise) . It was established in April 2011 and delivers community health and care services across Essex, outer north east London, and East Anglia.
We currently employ around 1050 people, in frontline roles (such as doctors, nurses and therapists) and in supporting roles (such as receptionists, booking clerks and facilities staff). We deliver a wide range of services, these include: community nursing, stroke rehabilitation, physiotherapy, specialist services for children and people with long term conditions, healthy lifestyles services (such as stop smoking services) and sexual health services. Our care services enable people to live independent lives.
Our staff deliver care from three community hospitals (Halstead Hospital, Braintree Community Hospital, and St Peter's Hospital in Maldon) as well as from community clinics and in people’s homes. They are committed to delivering safe, effective and compassionate care and to ensuring that those who use our services have a positive patient experience.
We share the ethos and values of the NHS and many of the benefits available to our staff are equivalent, or comparable, to those in NHS organisations.
As a community interest company any surplus that our staff make, by working more innovatively and effectively, is reinvested into our services and/or the local communities that we serve.
Provide’s services are commissioned by the NHS, local councils, the education sector and the charity/voluntary sector. Its services are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the organisation contributes to the wider public health agenda in its local communities.
For questions and information please contact the Provide Communication team :
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