Virgin Care is set to take over school nursing services in part of Dorset, under a multi-million pound contract to run a medical centre.
NHS Dorset has named the company as its preferred provider of services at Lyme Regis medical centre.
If the contract is finalised, as is likely, Virgin Care will be responsible for running a range of services including general practice, school nursing, nursing home beds and mental health care, as well as podiatry and physiotherapy.
The contract is worth between £5m and £8.5m over five years. NHS Dorset confirmed 15 community nurses would be transferring to Virgin but was unable to provide Nursing Times with a figure for mental health nurses.
Virgin Care chief executive Bart Johnson said: “We are delighted to be working with NHS Dorset and look forward to making a real difference to patient care in Lyme Regis.
“We have a strong track record of providing NHS care. Since 2006, we have treated over two and a half million patients offering improved accessibility, convenience, satisfaction and, most importantly, our services have delivered improved health outcomes – all at a better rate for the taxpayer.”