STRUCTURE: NHS Gloucestershire was on course to establish a social enterprise to deliver community services in by April 2011 – but the body will not be a registered provider in time for the Department of Health’s divestment deadline.

A report drawn up for the board’s March 31 meeting set out the organisation’s plans to establish a community interest company as part of the government’s Transforming Community Services programme.

The trust’s board papers say the process could put the integration of health and social care services at risk.

The report, composed in March, said that before April applications to the CIC regulator and Companies House. “This process will take approximately 15 working days, therefore the programme is on track to meet the milestone of April 1 2011,” the papers say.

However the organisation will not be able to provide services immediately, as the new organisation will not yet be registered as a provider with the Care Quality Commission.

The CIC will provide almost all community services in the county, although maternity services and prison healthcare will be integrated with local acute trusts, along with a new integrated drug treatment service.