Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) and The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) have a long history of working in partnership to provide high quality healthcare to our communities.
In 2018, this partnership was strengthened as part of a Collaborative Agreement which supported NDHT to address some of the challenges faces in providing acute services from the most remote hospital in mainland England. From the outset, this Collaborative Agreement focused on benefitting patients and staff across Northern and Eastern Devon.
Both trusts face many of the same challenges – ensuring we have enough staff, managing our waiting lists, ensuring our patient can access high quality care wherever they live, responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and recovering and transforming our services.
We have made progress in many of these areas by working collaboratively during the last few years, and we feel confident that as a single organisation, we will be best placed to offer high quality and resilient services to the people of Devon now and in the future.
Staff across both trusts see real benefits of NDHT and the RD&E joining together. This includes making sure people can continue to access services in their home, community or an acute hospital, and that regardless of where they live, they can access the care they need.
We are proposing that the RD&E and NDHT become a single organisation in April 2022. A formal decision about us coming together will be made later this year.
In December 2021 we submitted our Full Business Case to NHS England and Improvement (NHSEI) for merging NDHT and RD&E. This takes us a step further on our path to integrating to become one organisation on 1 April 2022. A decision on approval is expected later in March 2022.
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