Why do we want to merge?
Our trusts view the merger as providing opportunities to improve care for patients, particularly at a time when the NHS faces a number of challenges. These include:
Meeting increasing demand for services and managing the need for complex healthcare
Doctors, nurses and health professionals across both trusts have been working increasingly closer, as patients often have multiple health needs that require care by specialist services. However, being two separate organisations can mean there are issues with the timeliness of sharing patient information or transferring care from one trust to the other.
Ensuring all patients have access to the right services when they need them
Our services have evolved over time, largely independently to the development of services at the other trusts and at times in competition with each other. There are currently more than 20 services duplicated across the hospitals. There are differences in how these services are delivered and the range of services available. This means patients do not always have access to the same level of care or the same specialist services. This also creates challenges as all hospitals need to make sure they have the right number of doctors, nurses and health professionals with the right skills, to provide high quality, safe care. This becomes difficult when local trusts are competing to attract the same staff and is made worse by national shortages in some professions.
Meeting standards set for quality care
All services have standards that are set to ensure they deliver quality care. Clinical standards, set by the Royal Colleges and the NHS nationally, mean many highly specialist services are often only available in one hospital in a region. This is because all the evidence tells us that highly complex and specialist procedures are more successful when teams are performing them more often. This can only be achieved by having specialist centres that provide services to a wider group of patients.
Unless we come together, there is a real risk that we will lose specialist services to areas that have already brought teams and services together and can meet required standards.
Delivering services that are value for money
At the moment, the same services are run by two separate hospital trusts in the city. This means there is duplication, which creates unnecessary waste and delays to care. The NHS needs to make sure services are efficient, if it is to protect them for the future. By making our trusts efficient we can ensure the money we have is spent in the best possible way. Despite the passion, commitment and hard work of our staff, these challenges cannot be solved by individual trusts. We want to look for a solution that will improve what we can offer patients and enable us to deliver high quality care for our patients.
What are the expected benefits of the merger?
We have listened to and acted upon what local people have to say at each step of our journey to improving care.
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