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Chief Executive announces next steps in proposed partnership

Since September 2021, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust have been working closely together and have produced some significant successes that have benefited patients and staff at both organisations.

The success of this relationship has meant both Trusts have been able to share best practice and learn from each other as they look to continually improve the care provided to local communities. Together, we have secured significant investment to further enhance services, improve patient experience, and offer greater scope for staff development.

The next step in further developing and strengthening this relationship is to come together formally to create one single, new organisation.

This means that staff working at both organisations will be brought under one umbrella brand, but the individual names of the Trusts’ hospitals and buildings will remain the same.

As a single organisation, our size will help us better address the challenges faced. This should also help us attract investment and improve our ability to recruit talented colleagues across sites.

This is a proposal at this stage, and we are engaging with staff to gain their views in the coming weeks. People across our communities will be informed at every stage of the move, which is designed to develop even better services for patients across Merseyside and West Lancashire.

Thank you for your continued support.


Ann Marr OBE

Chief Executive

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