SubCo Supported

Following months of detailed work to determine the desirability and feasibility of establishing a subsidiary company, the Board of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHNHSFT) has approved plans to establish a wholly owned subsidiary company (SubCo) effective from 1st April 2018. The company will employ around 675 support staff from estates and facilities, sterile services and materials management functions.

The Board was clear that it could only approve the proposal if the evidence pointed to long term benefits for staff and patients, which it resolved was the case. The Board concluded that the new organisation will deliver a wide range of benefits and will address many of the challenges it is facing, through the focus that will come from establishing a subsidiary company whose primary purpose is to deliver truly excellent support services to NHS patients and staff. The proposal also demonstrated how the model will deliver better value for money to the Trust thereby supporting its aim to deliver higher quality services at lower cost.

Peter Lachecki, Chair of GHNHSFT, said: “A key characteristic of this subsidiary company is that it will continue to serve the NHS and patients at the Trust’s hospitals. This new way of working will allow the new organisation to concentrate on delivering valuable support services to our hospitals that are more innovative and responsive to the staff and patients who they support, resulting in a workforce that is even more engaged and satisfied.”

In reaching its decision the Trust Board took into account the views of staff who were consulted with extensively as part of the process; the questions and concerns raised by staff during this period have significantly shaped the final proposal.

Deborah Lee, Chief Executive of GHNHSFT, added: “We recognise that for those affected this has been an anxious time. Staff told us that they place huge value on being part of the NHS and are concerned that this move ends this important connection. We have been able to reassure staff that this new organisation will be wholly owned by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust and staff will continue to support and work alongside all of their current NHS colleagues, delivering or supporting care to NHS patients. Very importantly, they will retain their current terms and conditions, including their NHS pension and access to other benefits NHS staff enjoy.