STRUCTURE: North Essex Partnership FT has been appointed as the interim host for Suffolk Community Healthcare, the community services arm of NHS Suffolk.

The move is in response to the transforming community services policy that requires primary care trusts to separate their commissioning from their provider role.

The FT has been selected as the preferred partner and to be the interim provider of universal adult, specialist children’s and certain specialist adult community services for the period 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012. 

This includes services such as district nursing, speech and language therapy and podiatry services.