Liverpool NHS chiefs praise hospital staff for “incredible work” in first year

The Chair and Chief Executive of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have praised staff for their “incredible work” during the organisation’s first year.

The Trust was created on 1 October 2019 by the merger of the trusts running Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, the Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

The new organisation is one of the largest NHS university teaching trusts in the country and one of Merseyside’s biggest employers with a workforce of more than 15,000.

Sue Musson, Chair, and Steve Warburton, Chief Executive, cut a symbolic anniversary cake as they used their anniversary message to thank staff for their work during the last 12 months.

Sue said: “Our journey together began when our clinical leadership identified that we could better serve our local population. They made the case that by coming together we could achieve better healthcare outcomes, a better quality service, improved patient and staff experience, and better use of resources.

“By being a merged organisation we have been able to respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic and I would like to pay tribute to the hard work and resilience of our staff, who have put our patients first throughout this time.”

At the same time as responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, teams working in services across the Trust’s hospitals have continued to work on their integration plans.

Among the first to complete this process were the trauma and orthopaedic services, which prior to merger were spread across three different hospital sites, meaning patients waited longer for care and had to travel between sites for different aspects of their treatment.

Now, following merger, trauma assessment and surgery is centralised at Aintree University Hospital, which is home to the Cheshire and Merseyside Major Trauma Centre and where there is now a daily trauma surgery list, so people with broken bones are being treated more quickly.

Meanwhile elective orthopaedic surgery has been centralised at Broadgreen Hospital, creating one of the country’s biggest orthopaedic units. This means people needing hip and knee replacements are being seen quicker than they were last year. 

Steve Warburton, Chief Executive, said: “While the last six months have been dominated by COVID-19, we have still made significant progress against our integration plans in our first year and this is thanks to the remarkable work of our staff. As well as integrating our trauma and orthopaedics services, we have made changes to ear, nose and throat (ENT) and urology services, while putting the foundations in place for further service integration in areas such as stroke, haematology, dermatology, emergency ENT, radiology and spinal surgical activity. We have also recently seen the opening of the new Clatterbridge Cancer Centre on the Royal Liverpool University Hospital site, with haemato-oncology patients moving across to Clatterbridge last month.“