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About the Manchester Single Hospital Service Programme

We are creating a new, city-wide hospital Trust which will provide much better, safer, more consistent hospital care that's fit for the future for people living in the City of Manchester, Trafford, and beyond.

We need to change the way we deliver care to address a number of health inequalities in our region. For example:

  • Two people with the same condition, living within miles of each other, can have a different chance of survival depending on when and where they use hospital services.
  • Appointment waiting times vary dramatically depending on which hospital a patient attends and what they are being treated for.

Creating a Single Hospital Service (SHS) will allow us to build an organisation that is fit and sustainable for the future in light of rising demand on services, staff shortages and significant money pressures.

It will also bring opportunities for us to grow our research, education and investment into our region, and attract highly skilled staff. All of this will not only benefit people living in the City of Manchester and Trafford, it will benefit patients from across Greater Manchester who use our hospitals.

Public Member Update on the new Single Hospital Service

Our Chairman and Chief Executive would like to invite you to a special briefing session for public members about the new Single Hospital Service (SHS) programme on Tuesday 22nd August 2017 at Citylabs, OR Wednesday 23rd August 2017 at Old Trafford Cricket Ground.

Find out more

What difference will the SHS make to me and my family?

Patients and their relatives and carers will experience a number of benefits including:

  • Better continuity of care wherever you are treated
  • Consistently high standards of services at all hospitals
  • Stronger teams sharing specialised skills 24/7.

The new Trust will also have

  • More opportunity to attract and keep the best staff
  • More joined up patient record and clinical systems
  • Less duplication and waste across sites
  • Increased opportunities to attract research funding.

What are the timescales?

The new organisation will be created in two parts.

Firstly, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) will join together to create a new Foundation Trust in October 2017. Then, the plan is for North Manchester General Hospital (which is currently part of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust) to join the new organisation around 12-18 months later.

In order for the merger to take place, we need to have the approval of both Boards of Directors (the people responsible for all aspects of operation and performance including setting corporate strategy) and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) as well as a satisfactory risk rating from NHS Improvement (NHS I).

On 1 August 2017 the CMA announced in its final independent report that it has cleared the merger between CMFT and UHSM as it will be of overall benefit to patients. You can read more about this announcement here.

As well as the above approvals, and as part of the assurance process, the Council of Governors (elected representatives for members and the public) of both UHSM and CMFT will then be asked to vote upon whether the appropriate process has been followed by the Boards in relation to the merger.

Work on these processes is continuing and we remain on track to establish the new organisation on 1st October 2017, subject to that clearance.

The key dates for the SHS programme are:

  • 24th August: Interim Board of Directors for the new FT meets with the Board of NHS Improvement (the Regulator)
  • Start of September: NHS Improvement announces risk rating
  • Early September: Boards of Directors for UHSM and CMFT confirm decision to merge
  • Mid September: Council of Governors for UHSM and CMFT vote on the process that has been followed
  • Late September: NHS Improvement grants application for merger
  • 1st October: New organisation comes into existence
  • 12-18 months later: North Manchester General Hospital joins the new organisation.

Information about University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM)

UHSM is a major acute teaching hospital trust providing services for adults and children at Wythenshawe Hospital, Withington Community Hospital and Community Services. They are recognised as a centre of clinical excellence in a number of specialist areas and provide district general hospital services and specialist tertiary services to our local community. They have 6000 staff including 330 consultants, more than 2,100 nurses and have around 950 hospital beds.

More information can be found on UHSM's website - www.uhsm.nhs.uk

Who is leading the new organisation?

In the run-up to a decision being made about the SHS, a 20-strong Interim Board of Directors has been appointed.  It is led by Chairman Kathy Cowell, Deputy Chairman Barry Clare and Chief Executive Sir Michael Deegan.

Kathy Cowell OBE DL, Chairman

kathy cowellA banker by profession, Kathy worked for Cheshire Building Society for 24 years until taking early retirement in 2006.  She has held several Chairman and Non-Executive roles in health, including Chairman of the East Cheshire NHS Acute Trust; NHS Cluster/PCT Chairman; and Vice Chairman of Warrington Hospital NHS Acute Trust.

Her other current roles include:

  • Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire
  • Ambassador for Diversity in Public Appointments
  • Panel member for Queens Volunteers Awards (QVAs)
  • Vice Chair of Cheshire Young Carers.

barry clareBarry Clare, Deputy Chairman

Barry is a pioneering healthcare business leader with extensive experience in the healthcare industry sector. He has held a number of top roles at leading international companies, including Boots, and has a proven track record in developing and implementing strategy in healthcare, retail consumer products and financial services.

Following his career at Boots, Barry has been Chairman of a number of successful, pioneering healthcare companies that have brought several ground breaking innovations to the NHS. Barry's portfolio of innovative healthcare solutions includes e-health business, diagnostics tests and medicines development.

Sir Michael Deegan CBE, Chief Executive

mike deeganMike holds a first degree in law and a Masters degree in industrial relations from the University of Warwick, and has worked widely across the public sector including roles in local government and education.

He was previously Chief Executive at Warrington Hospital and then North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

At a national level, Mike was involved in the preparation of the Government's NHS Plan in 2000, and has held the post of Director of Human Resources for the NHS.  He served as Chair of the Shelford Group of Foundation Trusts from 2016/17.

The other members of the Interim Board of Directors are:

Executive Directors

Deputy Chief Executives: Silas Nicholls and Gill Heaton

Chief Finance Officer: Adrian Roberts

Chief Operating Officer: Julia Bridgewater

Chief Nurse: Cheryl Lenney

Joint Medical Directors: Professor Bob Pearson and Miss Toli Onon

Director of Workforce and OD: Margot Johnson

Director of Strategy: Darren Banks

Non-Executive Directors

John Amaechi

Professor Dame Susan Bailey

Roger Barlow

Dr Ivan Bennett

Nic Gower

Jane McCall

Christine McLoughlin

Trevor Rees.

What will the new organisation be called?

Earlier this year we asked staff, patient groups, Governors and local stakeholders to share their views on the name of the new organisation.  They were asked to identify their preferred name from a shortlist of three.  Following the Interim Board meeting on 11th July, it has been confirmed that the name will be Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT).

How are Governors involved in shaping SHS plans?

CMFT and UHSM Governors have been closely involved in ensuring that the interests of members, patients and the wider public are considered as part of the Single Hospital Service planning process.

Beginning in December 2016, they have taken part five joint Governor workshops to explore the potential benefits of creating one new organisation to provide much better, safer, more consistent hospital care.

At these workshops, Governors, on behalf of members and the wider public, have shared their views and assessed in detail the plans to develop and implement the SHS.

In addition to dedicated SHS Governor Meetings frequently being held throughout the past year, Chairman Kathy Cowell has also held informal drop-in sessions with Governors to personally answer questions and discuss the SHS programme of work.

How you can find out more

We held  two briefing sessions for members (also open to the public) to find out more about our plans to bring our hospitals together to provide single services for patients. These were held on:




Tuesday, 22nd August 2017

4.00pm - 5.30pm

Conference Rooms 1&2

Citylabs, Nelson Street, Manchester M13 9NQ

(adjacent to the Grafton Street car park on the CMFT site)


Citylabs - Location Map


Wednesday, 23rd August 2017

3.30pm - 5.00pm

Members Lounge & Longroom

Trafford Cricket Club, Emirates Old Trafford,

Talbot Road, Stretford, Old Trafford M16 0PX


Old Trafford Cricket Club - Location Map


Important Membership Information

As a member of CMFT, we greatly appreciate your support and want to offer you the opportunity to remain involved as a member of the proposed new NHS Foundation Trust (MFT). If the proposed merger is approved, your membership of CMFT will transfer automatically to MFT on 1st October 2017, unless you choose to opt-out by contacting the Foundation Trust Membership Office.

If you no longer wish to be involved as a member of this new NHS healthcare organisation (MFT), then please contact our Foundation Trust Membership Office in any of the following ways:

By E-mail (state in your e-mail that you wish to "opt out of the Trust's membership"):


By Post (state in your letter that you wish to "opt out of the Trust's membership"):

Freepost Plus RRBR-AXBU-XTZT


Oxford Road

Manchester M13 9WL

By Phone: 0161 276 8661 (office hours 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday; answering machine outside these hours)

If the proposed merger does not go ahead, you will remain a member of CMFT and we will retain your details on our database. If the merger is approved, during Autumn 2017, we will hold elections among staff and public members for the new Governors of MFT. Governors have a very important role as they are the link between members, patients, carers, the public and stakeholders and the Board of Directors.

How to join

If you, your family, friends or colleagues are interested in becoming a member, please contact the Foundation Trust Membership Office for an application form, or join via our on-line Membership Application Form.  As outlined above, your membership will be automatically transferred to the new organisation (MFT) on 1st October 2017, unless you choose to opt-out by contacting the Foundation Trust Membership Office (details above).