Trafford Hospitals - A New Start
The acquisition of Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust (THT) by
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
is now complete.
Mike Deegan, Chief Executive at Central Manchester University
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says: "We have a long
established relationship with Trafford Healthcare Trust and have
been working with them over the provision of some services for a
number of years. We want to ensure that high quality services
continue to be provided in Trafford and we are in a strong position
to ensure that this is possible."
The Trafford Hospitals will now be managed as a Division within
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - the
same way that the various hospitals which fall under our Trust are
Beth Weston has been appointed Divisional Director. Beth
was the Divisional Director for Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and
the University Dental Hospital and has been acting as Divisional
Director designate for Trafford Hospitals since January in order to
ensure a smooth transition period.
Beth says: "I am looking forward to working with the staff at
Trafford Hospitals. I am committed to ensuring that the hospital
services provided in Trafford are clinically and financially viable
in the longer term. I want to ensure that the legacy of the
birthplace of the NHS continues and adapts to the NHS of the 21st
Dr Simon Musgrave has been appointed Clinical Head of Division
for Trafford Hospitals. Simon was already at Trafford Hospitals as
Medical Director (and Consultant in Elderly Health since 1986) and
this will ensure that the leadership team has a good knowledge and
understanding of Trafford.
Dr Musgrave says: "I am looking forward to a re-newed focus on
delivering the best possible care and treatment for our patients. I
am excited about what the future holds for our hospitals. I
am particularly delighted that Altrincham is on the verge of
getting new state-of-the-art facilities. The new hospital
will provide all the same services as the existing Altrincham
General Hospital, but in a much more modern, patient-friendly
Staff and managers at both organisations have worked hard to
ensure that all the practical arrangements for bringing the two
Trusts together have been completed.
While the employment of staff and ownership of property
transferred to Central Manchester FT at 1st April 2012, there will
be no immediate changes to services and where they are
provided. Trafford Healthcare Trust took the decision to seek
an acquisition partner because, although it provided high-quality
care and was performing very well clinically, it was simply too
small to remain financially viable by itself. The acquisition
will provide much greater financial stability and security for
health services in Trafford.
Patients will continue to use Trafford health services as they
have in the past.
Any proposals for future service changes will be managed by NHS
Trafford (Trafford Primary Care Trust) through the New Health Deal
for Trafford programme. For more information and details of
this programme and how to get involved, go to www.healthdeal.trafford.nhs.uk.
On 3rd December 2010, Trafford Healthcare announced
that it was seeking acquisition by a larger organisation.
The Board of Trafford Healthcare decided that the Trust was too
small to remain viable and it was agreed that becoming part of a
larger NHS Trust was the best way to ensure that Trafford residents
continue to access appropriate, high-quality NHS care.
A number of local Trusts were invited to submit proposals and
then Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
was chosen to manage the Trafford Hospitals from 1st
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freedoms than conventional NHS Trusts. However, Foundation
Trusts are still firmly part of the NHS and subject to NHS
standards, performance ratings and systems of inspection with their
primary purpose being to provide NHS care to NHS patients according
to NHS quality standards and principles i.e. free care based on
need, not ability to pay.
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