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Sir Ian Carruthers commissioned by hospital trusts to explore new working arrangements


Sir Ian Carruthers has been commissioned by the Chief Executive Officers of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, North Tees and Hartlepool Foundation Trust and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The scope of his work will include facilitating joint working arrangements across trusts, and exploring opportunities for greater cohesion and alignment between trusts, to ensure the delivery of improved services and operational efficiencies across Durham, Darlington, Tees and Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby, as a contribution to wider health economy improvement.

For example, this work may consider the development of clinical networks across organisations and share expertise, while at the same time ensuring individual organisations continue to deliver quality services at local level.

Local clinicians are currently working across organisational boundaries to build consensus on the right models of hospital, community and primary care for the increasing number of people who have long term health conditions and to support the delivery of local specialist emergency care where possible and appropriate.

This means that some changes and improvements may be necessary to services currently provided from different hospital sites.

Although the Better Health Programme is no longer the specific framework for transformation, the information gained during the substantial engagement that was undertaken remains valuable in informing this work to transform care so more people can stay safely independent at home rather than needing hospital-based care.

Sir Ian Carruthers is a former senior NHS leader who will bring extensive experience of health systems to this work which will now be taken forward over the next few months.


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