The Boards of South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) and Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust (SSOTP) have agreed to come together as one organisation from next April, subject to the necessary regulatory approvals.
SSSFT provides a range of mental health, learning disability and specialist children’s services whilst SSOTP provides community health and adult social care. The merger will lead to better and more joined-up services for patients and communities, with less duplication and fewer delays in the delivery of care.
Neil Carr, who is currently CEO of both organisations, says:
“We believe that the merger will significantly improve health and social care services for our Staffordshire communities. We want to ensure that the transformation has a strong clinical focus, and that the change is driven by the people that really matter: our service users, carers and staff”
Staff across the two trusts are already meeting to discuss what “better together” looks like, and there will be similar opportunities for service users, carers and patient groups. We will also continue to work closely with other key health and social care partners across Staffordshire to ensure that local communities continue to receive the best possible health and social care outcomes.
The two organisations already share the same values of care and compassion, and are committed to delivering the highest quality care for communities in Staffordshire. Our joint commitment is to provide high quality care for those who need our services, while always recognising that there are ways for us to innovate and work smarter.