NHS England backs BSW hospital alliance through new support scheme

The BSW Acute Hospitals Alliance in (BSW AHA) has seen hospitals in Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire work closely together to tackle local challenges, improve patient outcomes, and enhance resilience.

The Alliance is made up of Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Swindon, the Royal United Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Bath and Salisbury District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The Alliance has made much progress since formally coming together in 2018 and has now been chosen by NHS England to be one of nine partnerships in England to join a Provider Collaboratives Innovator scheme.

Being part of this first wave will see NHS England help to accelerate development of the BSW AHA and the benefits it can deliver for patients.

In a joint message Stacey Hunter, Chief Executive of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, Cara Charles-Barks, Chief Executive of Royal United Hospitals , and Kevin McNamara, Chief Executive of Great Western Hospitals said the development was a “significant achievement” and a big step forward in terms of joint working.

“This will allow us to build upon and speed up our achievements so far and will ultimately help us to improve the care our patients receive.

As part of the scheme, we will now work closely with NHS England to co-design the support and expertise we feel would provide most value to deliver our locally agreed priorities for benefitting patients.”

Read the full message here: BSW Acute Hospital Alliance to be part of first wave of new Provider Collaboratives Innovators Scheme.

A blog post on the scheme has been posted by NHS England: Accelerating the benefits of collaboration for patients and communities