STRUCTURE: 2gether FT has been named as the preferred bidder for mental health services in Herefordshire

NHS Herefordshire and Herefordshire council are set to appoint a specialist trust to provide mental health, learning disability and substance misuse services to people in the county under the Transforming Community Services programme, which requires PCTs to divest their provider arms to alternative organisations by 1 April 2011.

2gether is the main provider of mental and social healthcare in neighbouring Gloucestershire and should begin providing the service in April this year.

The move is subject to contract negotiations and the approval of the NHS Co-operation and Competition Panel. It would mean 2gether would be running services in two different SHAs.