DoH issues final plans for community services reform

More than a quarter of PCT community provider arms will be transferred to acute trusts next year, final figures from the DoH reveals.

Mr Burns: changes to community services will enable clinicians to deliver personalised and responsive care
Mr Burns: changes to community services will enable clinicians to deliver personalised and responsive care

Under the DoH's Transforming Community Services reforms, PCTs are expected to separate their provider and commissioning arms for community services by April 2011.

Final figures show that 28% of PCTs plan to transfer their community provider arms, while acute trusts will capture 27% of PCT provider arms. A further 26% of PCTs’ provider arms will become a community foundation trust.

The DoH also reveals that 10% of PCTs plan to create a social enterprise for their provider arms, while just 4% plan to integrate their provider arms with a community-based provider.

Health minister Simon Burns said: ‘These changes to community services will enable clinicians to deliver personalised and responsive care and better outcomes for some of the most vulnerable in our society.

‘Frontline staff will be in the driving seat to improve quality and integrate services to ensure the most effective outcomes for their patients. And there will be further benefits – frontline staff are best placed to provide the most efficient services so that local NHS money goes further.’

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