Community provider foundation trusts may not need to exist as the services mature, the chief executive of one of the leading organisations has said.

Katrina Percy, chief executive of Southern Health Foundation Trust, a newly merged mental health and community services provider, was speaking at a session at the NHS Confederation conference in Manchester yesterday (Wednesday 6 July).

She was challenged on whether community trusts would be “squeezed between GPs and acute care”, and should not be provided by either GP practices or acute foundation trusts.

She said community teams should work closely with GPs and it may mean independent community providers do not need to exist.

Ms Percy said: “This is a personal view, I don’t think there’s a future for community nursing teams working on their own in their own organisation. If that means I don’t have an organisation which has them in the end - I don’t mind that.

“If they end up with general practice and they don’t need our organisation any more to run it, then that is fine.”