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Two hospital trusts exploring a merger in Sussex called on people to share their thoughts to help shape the creation of the new organisation. Thank you to everyone who took the time to have their say in the public survey for the proposed merger of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHT) and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH).

We're looking forward to sharing more information with you soon.

WSHT and BSUH are proposing to become one trust in April 2021.

The two organisations, which are both recognised for providing Outstanding care, have been working in partnership with a shared leadership team for nearly four years.

The new trust would run five hospitals and employ around 20,000 staff, caring for 1.8 million people in Sussex, with a budget of £1.2 billion.

People living locally we're invited to share their thoughts about the new trust’s vision and values, as well its aspirations for the future, by completing a short survey. The survey closed on October 26th.

Chief executive Dame Marianne Griffiths said: “As we move forwards together, our ambition is to always keep improving, and provide excellent care, every time, for our patients.

“Building on the best of each organisation unlocks many opportunities that benefit patients, as well as our staff, partners and communities in Sussex.

“As we develop these plans, please share your thoughts on our vision and values, as well as your hopes and concerns for the new organisation and the services we provide. Thank you.”

Chairman of the BSUH and WSHT boards, Alan McCarthy MBE, said: “The pandemic has taught us the value of working together. Being able to provide assistance and share resources was hugely beneficial and as one organisation we’ll be able to do this seamlessly.

“A merger will also enable us to provide the very best clinical services and invest more in new ones, work better with our partners whilst ensuring all our hospitals remain at the heart of the communities they serve.”

The two trusts run hospitals in Brighton, Haywards Heath, Worthing, Shoreham and Chichester, as well as numerous patient services in satellite sites and community settings across Sussex.

Nearly 20,000 people work for the two organisations, which both have a strong reputation within the NHS for continuous improvement.

In October 2019, WSHT became the first non-specialist acute hospital trust to be awarded Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in all key inspection areas.

At the same, BSUH became the fastest improving acute hospital trust in England and is now rated Good overall and Outstanding for caring by the CQC.

Deputy chief executive and chief medical officer, Dr George Findlay, said: “This is not a merger driven by financial decisions, it’s driven by a will to keep improving.

“By working together we have greater opportunities to learn and improve our services to make them more sustainable for the local population.

“We can also maintain more specialist services in Sussex, meaning fewer patients have to travel to other hospitals to receive high quality care.”


Join as a member to make a difference to our hospitals

Over the past year, the public support our hospitals have received from local communities has been really valued – thank you.

As we start to look ahead, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH) and Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHT) would like to invite all residents to become official supporters through joining us as members of our new Foundation Trust. This follows our planned merger in April.

Members can be involved in a number of ways, from having a voice in our long-term planning process, to being kept up to date with what is happening across our hospitals.

You will also receive access to excellent offers through Health Service Discounts, which is exclusively available to NHS employees and members.

Anyone aged over 16 is welcome. To find out more about the difference you can make and to register, please visit the BSUH website.

We look forward to welcoming you on our exciting journey ahead.

Two hospital trusts exploring a merger in Sussex called on people to share their thoughts to help shape the creation of the new organisation. Thank you to everyone who took the time to have their say in the public survey for the proposed merger of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHT) and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH).

We're looking forward to sharing more information with you soon.

WSHT and BSUH are proposing to become one trust in April 2021.

The two organisations, which are both recognised for providing Outstanding care, have been working in partnership with a shared leadership team for nearly four years.

The new trust would run five hospitals and employ around 20,000 staff, caring for 1.8 million people in Sussex, with a budget of £1.2 billion.

People living locally we're invited to share their thoughts about the new trust’s vision and values, as well its aspirations for the future, by completing a short survey. The survey closed on October 26th.

Chief executive Dame Marianne Griffiths said: “As we move forwards together, our ambition is to always keep improving, and provide excellent care, every time, for our patients.

“Building on the best of each organisation unlocks many opportunities that benefit patients, as well as our staff, partners and communities in Sussex.

“As we develop these plans, please share your thoughts on our vision and values, as well as your hopes and concerns for the new organisation and the services we provide. Thank you.”

Chairman of the BSUH and WSHT boards, Alan McCarthy MBE, said: “The pandemic has taught us the value of working together. Being able to provide assistance and share resources was hugely beneficial and as one organisation we’ll be able to do this seamlessly.

“A merger will also enable us to provide the very best clinical services and invest more in new ones, work better with our partners whilst ensuring all our hospitals remain at the heart of the communities they serve.”

The two trusts run hospitals in Brighton, Haywards Heath, Worthing, Shoreham and Chichester, as well as numerous patient services in satellite sites and community settings across Sussex.

Nearly 20,000 people work for the two organisations, which both have a strong reputation within the NHS for continuous improvement.

In October 2019, WSHT became the first non-specialist acute hospital trust to be awarded Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in all key inspection areas.

At the same, BSUH became the fastest improving acute hospital trust in England and is now rated Good overall and Outstanding for caring by the CQC.

Deputy chief executive and chief medical officer, Dr George Findlay, said: “This is not a merger driven by financial decisions, it’s driven by a will to keep improving.

“By working together we have greater opportunities to learn and improve our services to make them more sustainable for the local population.

“We can also maintain more specialist services in Sussex, meaning fewer patients have to travel to other hospitals to receive high quality care.”


Join as a member to make a difference to our hospitals

Over the past year, the public support our hospitals have received from local communities has been really valued – thank you.

As we start to look ahead, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH) and Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHT) would like to invite all residents to become official supporters through joining us as members of our new Foundation Trust. This follows our planned merger in April.

Members can be involved in a number of ways, from having a voice in our long-term planning process, to being kept up to date with what is happening across our hospitals.

You will also receive access to excellent offers through Health Service Discounts, which is exclusively available to NHS employees and members.

Anyone aged over 16 is welcome. To find out more about the difference you can make and to register, please visit the BSUH website.

We look forward to welcoming you on our exciting journey ahead.