Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is set to become the first NHS trust to enter the home care market.

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is set to become the first NHS trust to enter the home care market.

The move follows a successful bid to Devon County Council, NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group and South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group for a new contract aimed at giving a boost to personal care services in Devon.

The service, called Devon Cares, aims to delivery care while supporting people's independence.

DCC announced the decision to appoint the trust as 'prime contractor' for domiciliary care in North and Mid Devon in March and the plans have now been approved by the trust's board.

Dr Alison Diamond, chief executive of the trust, said: "Devon Cares will act as a bridge between health and social care, which will help us to provide better, more joined-up care for our patients between home and hospital.

"Providing high quality, consistent care at home will also help us to prevent avoidable hospital admissions."