In what is believed to be the first move of its kind, all 856 staff from Stockton-on-Tees Teaching PCT and Hartlepool PCT were transferred to North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust on 1 November.
The foundation trust is now their home for 17 months while the two PCTs carry out service reviews and market testing prior to inviting tenders to run community health services.
At the end of the 17 months, the foundation trust is expected to bid to run the services in a competitive tendering exercise.
Staff transferred under the same terms and conditions as previously.
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