COMMERCIAL: Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust is planning to hive off a number of public health services to a newly created social enterprise.

The venture, designed alongside Northamptonshire County Council and Northampton University, will be set up as a community interest company, providing services including smoking cessation and weight management.

If the proposals are agreed, staff and services will start moving to the new organisation, called the Wellbeing Community Interest Company, from December. The company is due to be fully operational next summer.

It is currently proposed that the FT provides the following services through the new company:

  • breastfeeding service;
  • falls service;
  • family nurse practitioners;
  • health visiting;
  • occupational health; and
  • smoking cessation.

Discussions around whether services will be transferred from the trust directly or via changes in commissioning arrangements are still underway, according to the council.

Voluntary sector organisations are also expected to deliver some services to the company, according to documents presented to Corby Clinical Commissioning Group’s governing body.

The company will also provide debt advice, befriending services and teach literacy skills. Some services will be provided free at the point of use and some will be paid for, the documents say.

Diane McKerracher, interim managing director for the company, said: “This year we’ve been carrying out extensive consultation and engagement, and working hard to prepare the business case ahead of the CIC being properly established in December.

“We’ll be continuing to involve residents, providers and partners as we shape the new organisation to ensure it meets their needs when it becomes operational next year.”