STRUCTURE: The primary care trust will have made “substantial progress” towards divesting its provider arm by the transforming community services deadline of April 2011, its strategic health authority has said.

NHS Surrey put most of its provider arm – Surrey Community Health – out to tender in January. Board papers from NHS South East Coast said community services, not covered by an East Surrey “right to request” social enterprise, will undergo a competitive procurement process.

The SHA confirmed assurance in December 2010, and said it is awaiting Department of Health confirmation of agreement.

Board papers state: “Subject to further assurances, procurement is to commence in January 2011, with substantial progress to be made by April 2011 and full divestment later in 2011.”

Meanwhile a business plan for the proposed social enterprise – part of the third wave of “right to request” schemes under the previous government’s programme – was submitted in January.

The papers said: “Subject to SHA Social Enterprise assurance and approvals processes, the plan is to achieve relevant 3rd wave RTR milestones by 1st April 2011, with full transfer later in 2011.”