STRUCTURE: Suffolk Community Healthcare will “revise” its governance arrangements after a review found it needed to be more separate from the primary care trust.

All PCTs were told to divest their provider arms by March under the transforming community services programme. SCH is being “hosted” by North Essex Mental Health Partnership Trust for a year, following that the services will be put out to tender.

Suffolk PCT’s board papers show an internal review of the management arrangements of the community services in Suffolk “had identified a need to formally separate the provider and commissioning functions of the PCT more clearly”.

In response “revised arrangements” were agreed, according to the board papers. These are:

  • Clearly separate and define the PCT provider and commissioning functions.
  • Separate the generic management of the provider arm from the contract accountability process.
  • Introduce independent non-executive overview to strengthen independent reporting to the Board.
  • Introduce a semi-autonomous management framework that prepares the organisation for the forthcoming complex divestment programme.

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