Children’s Assessment and Development Unit (CADU)

Virgin Care no longer run the Child Assessment and Development Unit (CADU) service from 1 February. It is now be managed by the children’s team at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) and integrated into the paediatric service at Colchester Hospital.

Virgin Care agreed to deliver the service on a temporary basis in October 2017 while the CCG found a long term arrangement. During this time, it has assessed more than 250 children and the waiting time from referral to being seen by the team has reduced by almost three quarters from 18 months to 5.

Elizabeth Kingsford, North East Quadrant Manager for Virgin Care, said: “We were very happy to be able to look after this valuable service over the last few months. The CADU team have worked ever so hard, going above and beyond, seeing hundreds of families and supporting them through what can be a difficult time.

“We’re very pleased to be able to transfer the service to its long-term home with a record of 100% positive feedback from families and much shorter waits for families”

The integration into ESNEFT’s paediatric services is to be seamless, with the Trust working alongside Virgin Care to ensure that children remain supported throughout their journey without disruption.


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