Virgin Care and an NHS provider have won an £85m joint community services project.

North East Hampshire and Farnham and Surrey Heath clinical commissioning groups gave the five-year contract across the two home counties to incumbent providers Frimley Health Foundation Trust and Virgin Care Services Limited.

Virgin Care have run the CCGs’ adult community services since 2012.

The contract runs from April 2020 until the end of March 2025, with two options to extend for one year.

Commissioning lead for the CCGs, Nicola Airey, said: “We were looking for organisations who are able to drive quality improvement, innovate, and collaborate with the wider integrated care community to further develop the work we have done together to date.”

The NHS has had to pay Virgin compensation after the threat of legal action regarding the contracting of NHS services in another part of Surrey.