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.
It set up the Provide Foundation in 2012 to give support to voluntary and community organisations that are delivering projects which improve the health and well-being of local people.
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.
Grants totaling almost £90,000 were awarded from the Provide Foundation to local charities in 2018
The funds were presented at a special awards ceremony in March and were shared between 14 voluntary and community organisations for health-related projects.
Dementia Adventure and the Maldon And Dengie Stroke Support and Carers' Group were among 14 local charities that celebrated after receiving the healthy funding boost.
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 ECF directly:
For questions and information please contact the Provide Communications team:
Notes For Editors
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 980 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.
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In response to the outbreak and following the latest government guidance we are reviewing how we deliver all our services, and will be stopping all but the most clinically essential face to face appointments.
Our services are currently reviewing their lists and we will update our service users if this will affect them. Where possible alternative ways of delivering care or supporting people will be put in place, but as our capacity changes we will, out of necessity, suspend delivery of some services completely.
Our organisation is part of the My Care Record approach which is supporting the work of health and care organisations across the East of England as they respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For example, we are working to make sure doctors, nurses and co-ordination staff at places you may receive advice or treatment can see important information from your patient record. This could include NHS treatment centres such as the London NHS Nightingale Hospital. This will make it easier and faster for them to deliver effective care. For more information, including the Privacy Notice, please visit the My Care Record website.
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