Super-trust race hots up18th February 2009
The race to become “super trust” academic health science centres (AHSC) is hotting up with seven NHS and university partnerships remaining in the running.
The second stage of the accreditation process to become one of the centres, which focus on translating breakthroughs into clinical practice, is in progress.
Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals trust has now confirmed that as it strengthens its bid it will merge with Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, which has been highlighted by NHS South Central as its only provider not expected to gain foundation status by the December 2010 deadline.
Nuffield chief executive Jan Fowler said the trust was forecast to break even and added that a change in the law to allow new forms of NHS organisation for science centre partnerships was possible, but not expected in the near future.
However, other trusts said they had no plans to formally merge with their partners in the application process.
The seven partnerships in the running include: Birmingham AHSC, Cambridge AHSC, Imperial AHSC Imperial College London, King's Health Partners King's College London, Manchester AHSC, Oxford AHSC, and UCL Partners University College London.
The groups that are seeking AHSC accreditation vary widely in size and makeup and are planning different degrees of integration.
King's Health Partners interim director Robert Lechler said that its member trusts – including King's College London; Guy's and St Thomas's, King's College Hospital, and South London and Maudsley foundation trusts - did not plan to merge but would integrate all areas of their work, including their business plans.
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Title: Super-trust race hots up
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 10266
Date Added: 18th Feb 2009