Statement on planned collaboration between Burton Hospitals and Derby Teaching Hospitals

Statement on planned collaboration between Burton Hospitals and Derby Teaching Hospitals
22 March 2017

Burton Hospitals and Derby Teaching Hospitals have a long and successful history of joint working and we are pleased to confirm that our plans for a closer collaboration are moving along at pace. In September 2016, we signalled our clear intent to work more closely together and signed an Memorandum of Understanding to that effect.

Since then, we have worked closely with clinicians from both our organisations, who together, have shaped potential options for improving the quality and consistency of the services offered to local people. We think that by working together, we can offer better outcomes to our local populations and bring the best that each Trust has to offer to all our patients. This includes a commitment to retaining Queen’s Hospital as a vibrant district general hospital and improving local services in Burton, as well as offering opportunities to staff who want to grow and thrive in their healthcare careers.

The options at this stage are initial clinical recommendations on how we could work together, so we anticipate things will evolve and develop over time. However, we are really pleased that our staff, governors and local people and patients have been, and will continue to be, involved in the process with us. Whilst this is not a formal consultation exercise, it’s really important to us that we share our views and are open with people about the opportunities we see ahead, and the benefits for our patients. For example, we have convened a Patient Reference Group which sits monthly to advise on the clinical work, and whose membership will evolve over the coming weeks, with recruitment workshops planned in March at both Burton and Derby. Similarly, a Staff Reference Group has been organised to ensure that we hear a cross-section of views throughout the process.

In April, the boards of both organisations will meet to consider a document called an Outline Business Case, which is the next stepping stone in working together. We will publish this document following the end of the county council Purdah period in May and engage in robust public and staff conversations at that stage which will help us shape the views for the Full Business Case.

For more information on the Patient Reference Groups and ways to get involved, please go to: for more details.

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