Outline Business Case approved for Burton Hospitals and Derby Teaching Hospitals strategic collaboration
The boards of Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have approved the Outline Business Case for a proposed merger between the two organisations.
A Full Business Case will now be developed, with engagement and input from staff, governors, patients and the public, over the coming months. This Full Business Case will then be considered by both Trust boards in late autumn 2017.
The Trusts are seeking to build a partnership of equals that will provide sustainable clinical services of exceptional quality for patients and their families.
Clinicians from both hospitals have been working together to develop new ways of working together to improve the quality of care and make services better for the communities both Trusts serve.
John Rivers, Chair of Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“We have reached a significant milestone in our journey to delivering outstanding health care for our patients in Derbyshire and Staffordshire and we look forward to developing these plans over the coming months in partnership with our governors, staff and the local populations we serve.”
Helen Scott-South, Chief Executive at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“Our partnership will improve local services for patients as we both continue our journey towards providing outstanding care. This includes retaining Queen’s Hospital in Burton as a vibrant district general hospital for our local population, improving the core services we offer, including our A&E. It also enables us to work together on providing more specialist outpatient services at our community facilities in Tamworth and Lichfield.”
Gavin Boyle, Chief Executive of Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said:
“We have been hugely impressed by the spirit in which teams from both Trusts have worked together to explore how we can deliver better care for the communities we serve. A closer collaboration will help to deliver better healthcare to people in Staffordshire and Derbyshire and also enables us both to continue building a workforce that is fit for the future, with different opportunities for our staff to grow and thrive in their careers.”