Innovative buddy arrangement to support Medway's recovery

Date: 10 March 2015

Medway NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to announce a buddy agreement with high performing Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. The collaboration, which was enabled by Monitor through an extension of its buddy system, will focus on clinical activity and the delivery of high quality patient care.
 
The buddying relationship will support the new executive team at Medway to deliver its 18-month recovery plan for the hospital and it follows the success of a similar partnership with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which focused on the structure, and governance of the organisation.
 
Phillip Barnes, Acting Chief Executive of Medway NHS Foundation Trust said: “We now have the majority of the new permanent executive in place and this is the right time for us to take the next step in our improvement and seek out assistance, advice and best practice from top performing hospitals to help us deliver the huge changes we need to make.
 
“This partnership demonstrates how NHS organisations can work together and share experience to improve healthcare for patients. It is the NHS supporting the NHS to raise standards across the board.
“This collaboration forms part of the new executive’s plan to stabilise the hospital and involves a small team of highly experienced senior doctors, nurses and managers from Guy’s and St Thomas’ working alongside them.
 
 “The enabling nature of this partnership means we draw upon their experience and expertise and implement best practice at Medway to give our patients the quality care they expect and deserve.”
 
Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt committed to providing Medway’s executive with support from within the NHS when he visited the Trust in September.
 
He said: “This kind of partnership is very promising. The arrangement taps into the wealth of experienced, high quality leadership within the NHS, and will support the leadership team at Medway to continue transforming care for local people.”
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