We believe there is a great opportunity to develop the existing partnership between Burton Hospitals and Derby Teaching Hospitals to help us both meet the evolving challenges we face and to improve care for people in Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

Our collective aim and shared purpose is to deliver outstanding care to our patients, with opportunities for staff to develop and thrive in their healthcare careers.

Our focus lies in building a partnership of equals that will provide sustainable hospital services for our patients and their families. Together we are passionate about providing quality services that are better, safer and conveniently accessible for local people and that offer opportunities for our staff to develop and thrive in their careers.

  • For Burton Hospitals, this will be a partnership which keeps our vibrant district general hospital in Burton, with the services the community expects of us, including our A&E, and with a commitment to keep improving those services in Burton. There are one or two recognised exceptions, for example acute stroke, which we will not be able to sustain locally in Burton to the highest standard. In this case, we will accelerate discussions to deliver a streamlined service from Derby, with rehabilitation taking place back in Burton – we believe this is better for our patients in terms of their outcomes.
  • For Derby Hospitals, the proposed collaboration means access to a wider population base, enabling us to sustain and expand specialist services, such as cancer surgery and spinal services, with clear benefits to local people across Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
  • For our community hospitals in Lichfield and Tamworth and London Road, Derby, we want to maximise their use by making them a focus for the new models of care which are centred on the local “place” people live, which are being developed as part of the Sustainability and Transformation Plans in Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
  • This is not just about clinical care – although our commitment to our patients remains paramount – this partnership also offers us opportunities to develop our shared corporate and non-clinical services into a high quality offer that brings the best of Burton’s and Derby’s skills together to support our clinicians in delivering the very best in care.
  • We are keen to hear your views and will be keeping you updated as the work continues, with regular opportunities for you to offer us feedback, including the Patient Reference Group, Staff Reference Groups at each Trust, Staff Governors at each Trust, Staffside Union representatives at each Trust and regular staff forums held in each Trust.
  • NHS improvement’s Provider Regulatory Committee (PRC) met on 16 March 2018 to consider the Full Business Case for the merger. While they reiterated their strong support for the patient benefits and the strategic rationale they believe that further work needs to be done to ensure the revised financial plan will be delivered. Naturally, we had hoped to be able to form the new organisation with effect from 1 April and this is not what we had hoped to hear. But it did allow us time to do this further work which will give greater assurance to our regulators as well as our Boards and Councils of Governors.
  • We are now taking take further steps to reduce financial risks in both organisations. We will review the efficiencies identified for the next four years and provide more detail on Cost Improvement Plans for this year. We are also developing a plan to improve financial governance for the merged Trusts. We will then submit assurances to NHS Improvement, aiming for a new merger date of 1st July 2018.
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