Press release – November 21 2016
Wye Valley NHS Trust and South Warwickshire NHS FT agree new strategic partnership
The new strategic partnership between Wye Valley NHS Trust and South Warwickshire NHS FT (SWFT) has been agreed this morning (Mon, Nov 21) with the announcement that Glen Burley, currently chief executive at SWFT, takes on the role at both organisations.
It follows the recent appointment of Russell Hardy, chairman at SWFT, as the chairman of both organisations, and further bolsters the strategic links between the two trusts.
News of the new partnership came out earlier this month when the Care Quality Commission (CQC) report following WVT’s inspection earlier this year, was published. NHSI confirmed that WVT had made quality improvements which lifted it out of special measures – it is now rated as “requires improvement” by the CQC.
SWFT has been heavily involved in WVT’s improvement programme and was assigned as the “buddy” Trust to work alongside WVT as it sought to make quality improvements and address CQC concerns.
“This joint working between the two Trusts will put WVT on a stronger footing to maintain and further develop the improvements which have already been made for the residents of Herefordshire and the surrounding areas,” said WVT’s outgoing chief executive Richard Beeken.
“WVT has a great team in place and with new colleagues from SWFT coming on board, plans to maintain and further improve services can become reality,” added Richard.
The current buddying arrangement has been mutually beneficial to both Trusts with best practice being shared and both sides offering a fresh pair of eyes on how services are run. The benefits of this new strategic partnership will include:
- Shared strong leadership and governance systems
- Improved clinical practice through innovation
- Reduced variation in care
- Strengthened finances
Glen Burley, the new joint chief executive of both Trusts, said: “I’m delighted to announce a mutually beneficial partnership between South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and Wye Valley NHS Trust.
“Myself and Russell Hardy, our chairman, have been appointed to fulfil the corresponding roles at WVT. Our first aim is to ensure that we can construct a solution which delivers clinically and financially sustainable services to the patients served by the Wye Valley Trust within a realistic timeframe.
"To do this we will be sharing and developing best practice solutions across the many areas and challenges that the two Trusts have in common. This will achieve the benefits of working with a bigger organisation without losing the focus on local needs and leadership,” added Glen.
Jeffrey Worrall, delivery and improvement director at NHS Improvement, said: “We are pleased with the positive progress made by Wye Valley NHS Trust to its services for local patients. We would like to thank the trust’s leadership team, led by Richard Beeken, for the contribution it has made to the work of the trust over the last two years.
“The strategic partnership between South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and Wye Valley NHS Trust will build on the progress already made and bring increased support and expertise to ensure Wye Valley NHS Trust continues to deliver high quality, clinically and financially sustainable services for its patients. The recent Board changes at Wye Valley will further strengthen and stabilise the Trust’s leadership.
“However, there is clearly more work to be done and we will continue to provide the trust with the necessary support to ensure it delivers the actions identified by the Care Quality Commission.”
Notes to Editors WVT:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
- By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
- With an estimated annual turnover of around £180 million, we employ around 3,000 staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
For further information please contact:
John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Amanda Millichip, Communications Officer 01432 355444 ext. 5105.