Friday 18th February 2016

The hospital trusts in the Mid and South Essex Success Regime yesterday agreed the appointment of a chair and lead chief executive for the team that will ensure collaboration and improvements to patient care across the three hospitals. The three hospital trust chairs met to agree outline arrangements for a hospital group. Further details are still being developed and will be subject to formal approval by the three trust boards and national regulators.

Collaboration between the three hospitals aims to improve staffing levels in some specialties, reduce duplication and costs and improve outcomes for patients. This is part of a wider plan to put the health system back into financial balance by 2018/19 and deliver the best joined up and personalised care for local people.

The three trusts involved (Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust and Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust) have so far agreed that there will be a joint committee to oversee and support collaboration between the hospitals, including the development of options for service redesign.

Sheila Salmon, chair of Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust will chair the joint committee. Alan Tobias, chairman of Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will take up the role of vice chair. Clare Panniker, chief executive of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will lead the change programme for the acute hospital trusts and will be the lead chief executive.

The main role of the joint committee is to drive forward collaboration and assure the Success Regime change programme for acute hospital services. It will not replace the current statutory governance arrangements for the three trusts.

Nigel Beverley, chairman of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Alan Tobias chairman of Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“We are embarking upon the biggest change programme ever undertaken by any of the hospitals. The joint committee will provide the necessary strong steer and assurance for such a complex challenge. We are delighted that Sheila has agreed to chair the group and that Clare will be the executive lead. Both Sheila and Clare have extensive leadership experience in transformation and turnaround and share a real passion for improving care for patients.”

Notes to editors

  1. Funding is available within the Success Regime to support leadership and management capacity for the extensive change programme. For the hospitals workstream this will allow for additional interim resources in finance and programme management.
  2. Any proposed options for change affecting patients will be informed by service user and carer involvement and subject to public consultation.
  3. The Mid and South Essex Success Regime is currently one of three such programmes concentrating on areas in the country where there are deep-rooted, systemic pressures. It is overseen jointly by a tripartite of national organisations – NHS England, NHS Trust Development Authority and Monitor, which looks after NHS Foundation Trusts. The other two Success Regimes are in Devon and Cumbria.
  4. The Success Regime is part of the NHS Five Year Forward View, which is a blueprint for the NHS to take decisive steps to secure high quality, joined-up care. The Success Regime offers an important opportunity for mid and south Essex by bringing management and financial support to local delivery and helping to unblock any barriers to change.
  5. Local clinicians, supported by managers, will drive change with the involvement of partners and local people.