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About the Manchester Single Hospital Service Programme

On 1 October 2017 we are creating a new, city-wide hospital Trust, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), 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.

What difference will these changes 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 on 1 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.

The merger has now been cleared by NHS Improvement (the Regulator for NHS providers) and the Competition and Markets Authority (who look at proposed mergers). The Boards of the two Trusts have voted unanimously in favour of the merger, as have the two Councils of Governors (which include elected representatives for members and the public).

Day 1 - 1 October 2017

From Day 1 our patients will see little change. They will continue to use their local hospitals like they have always done, and whilst the Trust will have a new name, individual hospitals will also keep their own names, e.g. Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI). Over time, we will bring together the clinical teams from across the city to agree the best way to provide care to patients, and to ensure that the highest standard of care is provided in a consistent and integrated way, wherever and whenever patients need it.

The Trust will have a new website and social media accounts. You can receive the latest MFT updates from 1 October 2017 by visiting www.mft.nhs.uk and by following us on: @MFTnhs on Twitter and Manchester University NHS FT on Facebook.

Information about Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT)

CMFT is an integrated health, research and teaching hospitals group with a comprehensive range of services, an extensive research portfolio and state-of-the-art facilities. It is a leading provider of hospital, community and specialist health services for Manchester and Trafford. It treats more than a million patients every year, and is responsible for running a family of six hospitals across central Manchester and Trafford: Manchester Royal Infirmary, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, St Mary's Hospital, University Dental Hospital of Manchester and Trafford Hospitals.

More information can be found on CMFT's website here.


Who is leading the new organisation?

A 20-strong Interim Board of Directors has been appointed. It is led by Group Chairman Kathy Cowell, Group Deputy Chairman Barry Clare and Group 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

Group Deputy Chief Executives: Silas Nicholls and Gill Heaton

Group Chief Finance Officer: Adrian Roberts

Group Chief Operating Officer: Julia Bridgewater

Group Chief Nurse: Cheryl Lenney

Group Joint Medical Directors: Professor Bob Pearson and Miss Toli Onon

Group Executive Director of Workforce and OD: Margot Johnson

Group Executive 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