STRUCTURE: Dorset Healthcare University FT’s takeover of local community services is pressing ahead.

NHS Bournemouth and Poole and NHS Dorset are both transferring their community services to the trust under the transforming community services programme.

The Co-operation and Competition Panel has written to both PCTs confirming it will not need to formally consider the transactions.

Documents in support of the acquisition have been submitted to Monitor and the trust has begun dialogue with an assessment manager and a senior assessment manager from the regulator and is awaiting confirmation of Monitor’s internal prioritisation of the trust’s application.