A high profile social enterprise scheme has won a £113m contract to continue providing community services across Mid Surrey.
Central Surrey Health, set up by nurses and therapists in 2006, was the first social enterprise to come out of the NHS and is regularly highlighted by ministers as a successful example of the model. The organisation won the prime minister’s inaugural “Big Society Award” in 2010.
NHS Surrey and Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group announced this week they had named the social enterprise as the preferred bidder for a five-year contract to run community services across Mole Valley, Epsom and Ewell, East Elmbridge and Banstead.
It follows a retendering of the contract held by Central Surrey Health since 2006. Just two bidders were shortlisted in August, the social enterprise and mental health service provider Central and North West London Foundation Trust.
Chris Botten, programme director for Transforming Community Services at NHS Surrey, said: “As well as being an opportunity to test the market in line with national requirements, this was a chance to ensure community service provision is aligned with the aspirations of future commissioners and is well placed to drive transformational change.”
Subject to a due diligence process, the new contract will begin on 1 February 2013.
Jo Pritchard, managing director of Central Surrey Health, said: “We’re delighted to be named preferred bidder to run the community services contract for mid Surrey.”