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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 managed.

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 Century."

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 facility. 

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 April 2012.


What is a Foundation Trust? 

An NHS Foundation Trust (FT) has more financial and operational 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.

Members of the public can join the Foundation Trust and this gives you a say in how the Trust is run.  We currently have over 12,000 people from Greater Manchester and beyond who are members of our FT.

If you, your family, friends or colleagues are interested in becoming a member, you can do so via our website (www.cmft.nhs.uk) or by calling our Foundation Trust office on (0161) 276 8661 for an application form.