Heading Towards ‘Better Together’ Health and Social Care – Two Trusts to Merge

Heading Towards ‘Better Together’ Health and Social Care – Two Trusts to Merge
21 February 2018

Two local NHS Trusts continue to head towards a merger as quickly as possible. Plans for the proposed merger between South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) and Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership Trust (SSOTP) have impressed the regulatory authority - NHS Improvement.

Neil Carr, Chief Executive of both organisations, said: “The aim for SSSFT and SSOTP coming together is to significantly improve health and social care services for Staffordshire communities and colleagues are already working closely together to identify where we can reduce duplication and align services. There will be no ‘big bang’ change to the services people receive and we are committed to ensuring people continue to access services close to where they live. We will work with our partners in health and social care to continue to develop integrated pathways of care that support local people.”

Sir Neil McKay, Independent Chair of Together We’re Better, the partnership transforming health and social care for the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, added: “Joining up physical and mental health with adult social care is the right thing to do. It will mean that the whole person is cared for, instead of treating each of their conditions separately. Supporting people to live well in the community is much better than sending them into hospital. The added benefit of this merger is that it will save money on management. This is a good example of a better service costing less money.”

Neil Carr has also announced, after much engagement, surveying and discussion, that the new trust will be called Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The name has been chosen as being one that best reflects the organisation’s status and the geography it serves, as well as taking into account NHS guidance, and being clear and understandable to our service users, carers and the wider public.