Central Surrey Health, the first organisation to leave the NHS and set up as a not-for-profit social enterprise, has been chosen by the government to mentor other bodies that want to work in the same way.
CSH runs community nursing and therapy services for the NHS and other public services bodies, and covers some 280,000 people.
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said last week that CSH would be one of a group of mentors, which includes the John Lewis Group and Lord Adebowale, chief executive of the social care charity Turning Point.
CSH joint managing director Jo Pritchard said: “Being employee owned means we’re more fleet of foot and are able to do things differently. This is resulting in increased efficiencies, reduced waste and improved patient experience.”