Why we are merging with Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

We want to ensure that we can meet the needs of the people of Somerset and we believe that by forming one organisation we will be better able to do this now and in the future.

Working as one organisation, in partnership with the other health and social care organisations in Somerset, we will provide better and more joined up care closer to patients’ homes, with more focus on preventing ill health, and early support to enable people to stay well for longer.

By merging we will remove the barriers that currently add unnecessary cost and delay to providing care. We have a shared mission to deliver outstanding care to the people of Somerset. We want to be a merged organisation that gets it right first time for our patients, carers, colleagues and communities.

Progress to merge with Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

We have submitted our business case to our regulator NHS Improvement to consider. If NHSI agrees to the merger, both our Trust Boards and Councils of Governors will then formally consider the transaction. We hope to merge in the first few months of 2020.

How will the merger benefit our patients?

We will improve care for patients by integrating community, mental health and hospital services, removing the duplication and inefficiencies that frustrate patients and delay their treatment. Patients, their families and carers will only have to tell their story once and they will have a better experience.

Our aims are to:

  • Aim 1: Provide safe, effective, high quality, person-centred care in the most appropriate setting.
  • Aim 2: Deliver care closer to home in neighbourhood areas with an emphasis on self-management and prevention
  • Aim 3: Give equal priority to physical and mental health, and value all people alike
  • Aim 4: Improve outcomes for people with complex conditions through personalised, coordinated care.

A team of seven clinicians from both our trusts has worked with a large number of colleagues and stakeholders to ensure that our plans for integrating community, mental health and hospital services will meet the needs of the population of Somerset. We will continue to work with the other health and care organisations in Somerset, and with patient and carer groups, as we develop further detailed plans and make improvements to our services.