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The consultation document describes what a Foundation Trust is and why we think this is the right move for us all. It also gives some information about how this would work at UHCW.


  • University HospitalsCoventry and Warwickshire

    NHS Trust


    University HospitalsCoventry and Warwickshire

    NHS Trust

    Foundation Trust Consultation document

    Your Health. Your Trust. Your Say.

    Be Involved Be a Member

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    University HospitalsCoventry and Warwickshire

    NHS Trust


    We have started this journey by introducing a programme of improvements that will give our patients the very highest standards of care. Our staff will benefit from the satisfaction of providing that care.

    The Trust, which manages University Hospital in Coventry and the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby, is now proposing to become an NHS Foundation Trust. We believe that this is the best way for us to fulfil our exciting plans for the hospital, our patients and our staff. We also believe it is the best way for many people with an interest in health services to become involved in influencing them. Maybe that includes you?

    This brochure describes what a Foundation Trust is and why we think this is the right move for us all. It also gives some information about how this would work at UHCW.

    From September 2009 to December 2009, we will be consulting patients, carers, staff, partners and members of the public about our plans and ideas. We welcome your views and this publication (also available online at www.uhcw.nhs.uk/foundationtrust) includes a questionnaire and membership form so you can let us know what you think of our plans and whether you are interested in becoming a member. We think this is a wonderful opportunity for local people and health services. We hope you will agree.

    We have achieved and improved our performance against the three key targets for cancer patients for the second successive year

    Our results from the national inpatient survey placed us in the top 20% of Trusts after patients once again rated their experience of care at UHCW as among the best in the country, achieving the highest-possible score for this target. The inpatient survey placed us in the top 20% of Trusts in a number of important areas:

    Offering patients a choice of first o hospital appointments

    Not placing patients on mixed-sex wards or o making them share mixed-sex facilities

    We were rated in the top 25% of Trusts for maternity services in 2007 with a rating of Best-Performing

    The Healthcare Commissions Annual Health Check assessment for 200708 rated UHCWs quality of services as Good, and its use of resources as being Good. This is an improvement on the previous years rating, and UHCW was acknowledged by the Healthcare Commission as one of the two Trusts within the West Midlands region that had made the most significant improvements in their use of resources.

    Number of people attending an outpatient appointment


    Number of outpatient appointments 531,002

    Number of people attending Accident & Emergency (A&E) including those in specialist childrens A&E


    Number of inpatients and day cases 128,313

    Babies delivered 5,721

    Pathology tests (including tests at the labs at UHCW, George Eliot Hospital and Warwick Hospital)


    Patients operated on in our theatres 44,239

    Number of staff working in our hospitals circa 6,400

    UHCW NHS Trust had many notable achievements in 200809:

    We are pleased to announce a 40% reduction in MRSA and a 50% reduction in Clostridium difficile infections in 2008/09. This was in addition to the significant reductions we achieved in 200708. We will remain focused on hospital cleanliness and we are currently on target for a further drop in 200910 with three cases of MRSA and 51 cases of Clostridium difficile to date (July 2009)

    We recognise that an operation being cancelled is one of the most stressful things that can happen to a patient and so we are pleased to report that just 0.8% of operations were cancelled in 2008/09. We also met our target for treating affected patients within 28 days

    University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) is aiming to provide excellent patient care through learning and discovery to be the best choice for people in Coventry, Warwickshire and beyond.

    Statistics for 200809

    Introduction UHCW provides general acute hospital services to a population of approximately half a million people living in Coventry and Rugby and a range of specialist services to a wider population of over one million people.

    Our services now

    It operates over two sites:

    University Hospital, Coventry

    Hospital of St Cross, Rugby

    Philip TownshendChairman

    Malcolm Stamp CBEChief Executive

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    University HospitalsCoventry and Warwickshire

    NHS Trust


    Our vision for the future

    Foundation Trusts are very much part of the NHS and provide free, quality healthcare based on need. However, they have some major advantages over the way NHS Trusts are run at the moment, and more than half of all Provider Trusts in England are now Foundation Trusts.

    Currently we are accountable to the Secretary of State for Health. If we become a Foundation Trust, that accountability will move away from the central offices in London and be based here in Coventry and Warwickshire, at the very heart of the communities we care for.

    The most exciting aspect of becoming a Foundation Trust is that people from local communities, members of staff, patients and partners can have a much bigger say in influencing health services. In a similar way to the co-operative movement, Foundation Trusts are accountable to their members. More information on how this would work is to be found later in the consultation document.

    We believe that as a Foundation Trust, we will be able to work more closely with members of the public as a truly public service, ensuring that health care is timely, effective and making contributions to the wellbeing of people in our community. We will have more freedom to look at better ways of meeting our patients particular needs but we will still be closely inspected to make sure we meet performance and other NHS standards. We will also

    strive to deliver the principles, values, rights and responsibilities that underpin the NHS, as outlined in the NHS Constitution. An independent regulator called Monitor has been created and, along with the Care Quality Commission, it makes sure that Foundation Trusts meet the required standards. We will have the powers to enter into legal and financial agreements that will strengthen relationships with existing partners, help us to forge new partnerships and enable us to develop services more effectively. We will have more freedom to borrow and to invest in order to do this.

    Another advantage of becoming a Foundation Trust is that we can give a greater say to our staff, as we intend to automatically offer them the opportunity to become members. Our staff are vital to the Trusts success they are each experts in their own field. As members of a Foundation Trust, they will not only continue to provide services but will also have a greater input into service development. We aim to build on our existing partnerships with staff.Foundation Trusts have the freedom to develop new rewards and incentives for staff who contribute to a successful organisation and services.

    Finally, we need to be realistic. The government expects all Trusts to have the opportunity to become Foundation Trusts by 2010. If UHCW does not apply for Foundation Trust status, it will not be in a strong position to maintain and develop its services. That would not benefit our patients, staff or partners.

    UHCWs vision is to provide excellent patient care through learning and discovery.

    The organisational values that support the achievement of our vision are:

    Patient focus: putting patients, their safety, experiences and confidence in us, at the heart of what we do

    Compassion: listening to and caring for our patients and staff, always showing respect and dignity

    Commitment: to safe, effective, high-quality care through delivery, development, learning and research

    Accountability: for the actions that we take and the decisions we make

    Innovation: always seeking to discover best practice and new ways of delivering safer, high-quality care

    Collaboration: working together in teams in the best interests of patients and our community

    Connectivity: with and across organisations, to deliver high performance in healthcare and in our use of resources

    In 200910, the Trust will review and update the corporate objectives and identify a range of supporting initiatives and success measures to support delivery of the five-year Integrated Business Plan, ensuring patients receive a high quality of care.

    Achieving Foundation Trust status will allow the Trust to seek greater local involvement and support in providing healthcare for the people of Coventry and Warwickshire. It will provide the opportunity to strengthen and deepen the relationship with our community and enhance our local responsibility and accountability. Our constituency and stakeholder organisations are supportive of our application and interested in membership.

    Our name

    If we become a Foundation Trust our name will simply change to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust.

    We will adopt the identity:

    What is a Foundation Trustand why do we want to be one?

    University HospitalsCoventry and Warwickshire

    NHS Foundation Trust

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