A new trust for Sussex: Have your say

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHT) is proposing to merge with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust (BSUH) on 1 April 2021.

The two trusts have been working in partnership with a shared leadership team for nearly four years. During this time:

  • WSHT became the first non-specialist acute hospital trust to be awarded Outstanding in all the CQC’s key inspection areas
  • BSUH became the fastest improving acute hospital trust in England and is now rated Good overall and Outstanding for caring

This year, working together through the pandemic ensured supplies of PPE for teams were maintained and best practice was shared between the trusts to keep staff and patients safe.

Now, collaboration and continued mutual support is helping the trusts restore services for patients as swiftly and as safely as possible, while staying prepared for a potential second surge of Covid-19.

In July 2020, the WSHT and BSUH boards acknowledged such benefits when they announced their decision to fully explore a merger. NHSE/I has since approved a strategic outline case for merger.

The new trust would include five hospitals caring for 1.8 million patients in Sussex. Nearly 20,000 people would work for the organisation and its budget would be around £1.2 billion, per year.

It would cover all West Sussex, Brighton and Hove and East Sussex for trauma; and all East Sussex, Brighton and Hove and areas of West Sussex for cancer and neuro-surgery.

Around a million patients in Brighton and Hove, West Sussex and parts of East Sussex would be served by the trust’s district general hospital services.

Work is now underway to develop a full business case for submission in November, 2020. This will determine the new trust’s ambitions and priorities and how patients and staff will benefit.

 

We would like as many people as possible to help develop the full business case – staff, patients and members of the public alike.

Please could you take a few minutes to complete the relevant questionnaire below and let us know what you would like the new organisation to achieve, share any concerns you may have, tell us which values are most important to you, and vote for the new name you prefer.


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