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Communication on the Hinchingbrooke Next Steps project

Dear Friend,

Exciting news before your Easter break

We are delighted to tell you that Circle Health, Ramsay Health Care UK and Serco Health, which is working with Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, have been shortlisted for the next stage to apply for the unique franchise to operate Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust.

Circle, Ramsay and Serco have qualified to participate in the second stage of the Invitation to Participate in Dialogue (ITPD) part of the tender. The ITPD is a two stage process where organisations are individually invited to meet with representatives from NHS East of England, the commissioners, hospital staff and others to propose solutions to making the future of Hinchingbrooke hospital sustainable.

Circle, Ramsay and Serco were shortlisted from five organisations which made submissions on 15 February following ITPD1, the first stage.

Making the announcement, Dr Stephen Dunn, Director of Strategy at NHS East of England, said: “Potential partners have been sharing with us some really pioneering ideas about how they would make Hinchingbrooke sustainable, and secure its longer term future. An expert team has been evaluating how robust these ideas are, whether the bidders have sufficient vision, experience and a solid financial platform. Our expectations are high, and we have been very impressed with the quality”.

If you’d like to find out more, then please visit the Strategic Projects Team website at http://www.strategicprojectseoe.co.uk/index.php?id_sec=111

A change at the helm

As this edition of Next Steps Now ‘hits the streets’, Mark Millar and his colleagues will be reflecting on his time as Chief Executive of Hinchingbrooke hospital. Mark had been on a three year secondment to the Trust from NHS East of England, which finishes at the end of April.

Mark said: “I am immensely proud of what the Trust has achieved.  In my time here I have received tremendous support from all the staff and I want to thank them for their efforts”.

Dr Stephen Dunn added:  "I would like to thank Mark for his dedication.  He has been very committed to finding the right solution for HInchingbrooke, its staff and patients.  He has played a central role in driving forward improvements and supporting us to find a new partner to operate the hospital. The search for a new partner to operate the hospital is continuing as planned."

Gerry McSorley will be taking up a one year fixed term contract on 4 May to head up Hinchingbrooke Hospital and lead it through the Next Steps process. Gerry is currently Programme Director for Board Development at the NHS National Leadership Council and Senior Leadership Fellow at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

To find out more visit http://www.hinchingbrooke.nhs.uk/page/news/news/new-chief-executive-appointed.

To meet or not to meet…

As you know, the next HNS Stakeholder Panel meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 26 May. We may need to change that date, depending on when the general election is held. The NHS, like all public bodies, has to abide by a ‘purdah period’ during which we have to suspend public meetings. We will email you further clarification once the election date has been announced.

Next Steps News 3

We were planning to launch phase three of the Hinchingbrooke Next Steps public engagement on 12 April, along with a new edition of Next Steps News. We have had to pop this ‘on hold’ for the moment because of the impending election. Again, we’ll keep you posted about new dates, and the new engagement and involvement opportunities. You can still keep in touch with us in the meantime, and raise any queries and questions you may have. Rest assured, the HNS project continues as scheduled, whenever the election is held.

Fancy winning a £25 voucher for Amazon or M&S?

It’s not too late to try your hand at winning a £25 voucher for Amazon or M&S!  Andrew MacPherson, the SPT’s Director, is putting his hand in his own wallet to provide this incentive to encourage you to give us your feedback on the key questions posed in Next Steps News magazine. 

We'd love your thoughts on questions including: “what are the three most important things for you, in relation to the services at Hinchingbrooke?” and “how do you think the buildings at the hospital could be put to better use?” Responses to these will be considered by the Hinchingbrooke Next Steps project board and put to potential partners.

But hurry, the deadline is the 31st March.  You can complete the questions online at  http://www.strategicprojectseoe.co.uk/feedback_hinchingbrooke.php?id_sec=96 or by returning the questionnaire on the back of Next Steps News.

Joining the twittering classes

The SPT is always looking to add to its communications toolbox, so we’ve just launched ourselves on Twitter. Our URL is http://twitter.com/NHSEoEStrategy. So please become a follower and join our Twitter stream.


Lastly, have a wonderful Easter break, and please, keep your involvement coming!

The Strategic Projects Team, NHS East of England
26th March 2010


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