The Department of Health has indicated the process of transferring community nurses and other services to different organisations will continue.
Under the previous government’s Transforming Community Services programme, district nurses, health visitors were set to be moved from primary care trusts to other employers, including acute trusts and social enterprise schemes.
As Nursing Times reported earlier this month, nursing leaders were concerned uncertainty over whether the plans would continue under the new government risked eroding already fragile morale among nurses in the sector (news, page, 1 June).
But the DH has told Nursing Times PCTs will be expected to proceed with implementing their plans – the majority of which are currently being assessed by strategic health authorities and due to start being approved next month.
A DH spokeswoman said: “Primary care trusts should continue to develop proposals to separate themselves from their directly provided community services.”
Around 1,200 community staff were transferred from NHS Hull to a social enterprise called City Health Care Partnership this month. Staff will be shareholders in the new organisation.