Our plans to merge Ashford and St Peter’s with The Royal Surrey County Hospital are progressing well.
In particular we have recently concluded a series of clinical workshops, bringing together clinical teams from both Trusts. These workshops have been in three phases:
- Phase 1 - bringing teams together to start building relationships – we held 29 workshops with around 250 people.
- Phase 2 - exploring the future vision for each specialty within the merged Trust and associated patient benefits – 24 workshops were held at this stage.
- Phase 3 - focusing on short and long term priorities for each specialty (in the new merged organisation) and how we will bring each specialty together.
Overall the workshops have been well received and represent an important step in bringing our clinical services together.
Earlier this month a public meeting was held in Haslemere to discuss our merger plans with local people in that part of Surrey. The meeting was held in response to a specific local request and attracted around 160 attendees. The discussion was broadly positive and further meetings will take place across the wider catchment after the New Year - look out for more details in the local press and via our Member updates.
In terms of regulatory process, we are expecting the Competition and Markets Authority to start their Phase One review of our plans shortly.
This review is expected to conclude in early 2015 and if successful will mean submission of our Full Business Case to Boards in early Spring, followed by a detailed review by Monitor, our formal regulator. The timeline will be dependent on both the regulatory process and our own detailed implementation plans with an earliest go-live date of summer 2015.