I am very pleased to announce that CT EHHR merged with Carers Trust East Midlands on 1st August 2017.
The decision to merge was taken based on that for some years the cost of care has been rising and public spending cuts from Central Government have made it more and more difficult for us to keep our costs at a manageable level. We know that this pressure will not ease, but will likely continue for several years and beyond. There is considerable evidence that our operating environment may not improve for some years. Key messages from the Department of Health, Health Boards, Central Government and our own local commissioners is that funding streams will continue to decline, and the ‘squeeze’ on our sector will continue.
We need to invest in new services, and change the way we work: bringing in new expertise and using technology to modernise our service delivery. None of these developments are possible without a larger infrastructure and access to the right skills. In this austere financial climate of which our services operate, CT EHHR was simply not a large enough organisation to do this on our own, and having worked with CTEM for some time, we know that together we can be stronger. The decision was made for the right reasons and it will not only open many doors for us in terms of diversifying our service delivery, but it will also create many opportunities for our staff teams.
CT EHHR believes that merging with a like-minded, proactive and forward-thinking Network Partner enables the areas of CT EHHR to strengthen and grow.
For the first several months (post-merger), we will continue to operate as Carers Trust Epping Forest, Harlow, Havering and Redbridge (CT EHHR) and Kathy Verges will remain as the CEO for CT EHHR.