The first social enterprise formed by nurses and other staff leaving the NHS - hailed as as success story by government - faces the possibility of losing its contract from next year.
Central Surrey Health was formed in 2006, by staff leaving NHS provided community services. It provides community nursing and therapy for 280,000 people. It describes itself as the “first social enterprise to come out of the NHS”, “owned and run” by the more than 700 nurses and therapists it employs.
The social enterprise has been held up as a national example for other nurses to follow.
However, NHS Surrey, which commissions the services, is running a “re-procurement” of the services which means they could be given to a different provider - either social enterprise, NHS or from the private sector.
NHS Surrey has already received expressions of interest and a spokesman told Nursing Times sister title HSJ it had a “good response from the market” including interest from both “public sector and independent providers”.