Cambridgeshire Community Services Trust has completed the transfer of 45 per cent of its 3,540 staff to six other organisations after losing its role as provider of older people’s services across the county.

A report by chief executive Matthew Winn for the trust’s April board meeting confirmed 1,600 staff had been transferred to other organisations under transfer of undertakings protection of employment regulations on 31 March.

As revealed by HSJ in October the vast majority, around 1,400, have been transferred to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust following the organisation being part of a consortium which won an £800m contract to provide older people’s services across the county for the next five years.

The foundation trust set up the Uniting Care Partnership, a limited liability company, which it jointly owns with Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust. The new NHS owned body took over provision of older people’s services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough on 1 April.

The older people community services contract, which was with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, accounted for about a third of the community services trust’s £155m revenues the trust recorded in 2013-14.

The report said: “Around 1,600 staff have successfully transferred to six different employers at midnight on 31 March 2015 in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.”

Mr Winn praised staff throughout the organisation who he said had “gone way beyond their normal working and hours to ensure the transition has been both safe and ordered”.

The report added: “The plan is still to transfer the adults and children’s’ services in Luton to Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust on 1 June 2015.”

The trust provided HSJ with a full breakdown of which organisations the staff were going to:

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust – 1,360 staff;
  • Cambridgeshire County Council – 60 staff;
  • Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust – 30 staff;
  • Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust – 10 staff;
  • Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Foundation Trust – 10 staff; and
  • Eaton Socon Health Centre – five staff.

The trust also pointed that while it had lost the flagship project, it had also “won three multimillion pound contracts during 2014-15 to provide sexual health services in Norfolk and Suffolk, as well as the School Immunisation Programme across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Suffolk”.