Peter Homa to Councillor Stan Heptonstall: I write to inform you that Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) has today been named the preferred long-term partner for Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. We are confident that a long-term partnership between NUH and Sherwood Forest will provide benefits to patients in Nottinghamshire through more integrated health and social care services.
We have very carefully considered the capacity and conditions required to make this partnership a success, as we confront our own challenges. We judge that, in partnership with Sherwood Forest colleagues, we have the right capacity, expertise and experience to create something special for patients, their loved ones and staff.
NUH has a stable, experienced senior leadership team with a strong track record of delivering excellent care and improving performance across a number of areas. We will build on existing relationships with Sherwood Forest colleagues and bring together the best of both Trusts in a new organisation.
Our ambition is to create a single unified organisation, subject to appropriate regulatory and statutory approvals.
Our immediate priority is supporting staff at NUH and Sherwood Forest through this process. We will do so via a series of joint staff briefings and engagement events.
We will rapidly deploy additional staff to work with teams at Sherwood Forest to build upon recent improvements in the areas highlighted by the Care Quality Commission. We recognise the impressive progress Sherwood Forest has recently made.
We remain committed to constructive working relationships with all system partners, including Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, to improve services for patients, as well as enhancing teaching and research.
I will continue to keep you informed of progress as our relationship with Sherwood Forest strengthens and as we lay the foundations for our new partnership.