It has been confirmed that Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (SFH) and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) are no longer pursuing a formal merger and will continue to operate as standalone organisations.
Both Trusts remain committed to working in partnership where it adds value to patient care and results in better ways of working.
The main reason for this decision is the requirement for each organisation to focus on operational challenges. For NUH, this is improving 4-hour performance for emergency patients and addressing its financial challenges, whilst SFH will focus on continuing to embed and build on the significant improvements delivered over the past year.
SFH and NUH are working together with NHS Improvement (the regulator), to determine how the partnership will progress over the next few months and beyond, ensuring alignment with Nottinghamshire’s Sustainability and Transformation Plan, which describes the 5-year strategy for the health and social care system.