7 The services are provided by a dedicated and professional front- line workforce with a track record of delivering clinically effective and cost effective services. Centralised back office and management teams support service delivery. The PCT intends to embark on a market testing programme for Community Services during the two- year contract period. This programme is likey to be rolled out across the Community Services portfolio over a period of time, rather than all happening at once. The PCT will expect the successful FT to be well placed to compete in these market tests and, therefore, to be a prominent, continuing provider to the PCT. The successful FT will inherit a substantial, ready- made community health services business. The successful FT will be in a position to tender for the provision of services following the end of the two year contract period. The commitment In placing the advertisement the PCT outlines the structure of the transfer as: . The transfer of Community Services will be for two years. During this time Community Services will be supported in its preparations to become ' market- ready' and to be able to win tendered services at the end of the two year contract period; . Community Services will operate as a distinct division of the successful FT for the duration of the transfer period. The FT should plan to beneficially develop services whilst maintaining the portfolio of services transferred; . The bulk of the PCT's market testing programme will be launched towards the end of the contractual period with an anticipated 10% being contested once the PCT has undertaken a full contestability programme of its Primary Medical Service practices; and . The successful FT's new community health services business will need support to respond to the challenges that will emerge over the two year period ( and beyond where the successful FT continues to provide services), both in implementing the care- out- of- hospitals agenda and in responding to the NHS's growing efficiency imperatives.
8 What type of contract can either side expect to see? The contract agreed will be based on the NHS Standard Community Contract ( this will be subject to change depending on the preferred bidder's status). The contract would therefore encompass a number of mandatory elements including: . Service specifications; . Performance monitoring requirements; . Quality requirements; . Financial arrangements; and . Information requirements. Staff transfers ( TUPE) It is anticipated that TUPE will apply to the transfer of Community Services staff and that the successful FT will be able to offer access to the NHS pension scheme to those staff. Bidders will have the opportunity to further consider this area at a later stage in the application process.