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11 November 2021

The Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust today published an ambitious new fiveyear strategy designed to meet the rapidly changing needs of the local population in a postpandemic world.

The Trust has spent the last 18 months working closely with clinicians and healthcare partners to determine the most effective ways of providing the right care in the right place at the right time. In-depth analysis of health data from across Cheshire and North Staffordshire has been used to shape the new approach.

The study shows that while patients’ needs have become more complex, the way care is delivered in hospitals and communities has not moved at the same pace. The strategy advocates four new models of care, acknowledging that while people still need access to hospital, there are many who would benefit from enhanced services closer to home.

James Sumner, Chief Executive of the Mid Cheshire Trust, said: “Working with our partners, we believe there is a unique opportunity to collaborate in new and innovative ways if we are truly to transform the way we operate as a health and social care system both in hospital and in our communities. This is the optimum moment to reset the way we work.”

Murray Luckas, the Trust’s Medical Director, added: “The next five years are going to be critical for the NHS. With patients at the centre of everything we do, our strategy aims to harness the benefits of digital technology, continue to improve our infrastructure via our newbuild programme and empower our colleagues to provide the very best care possible.”

The Trust, which employs 5,000 people and serves a population of 300,000, is investing in modern clinical facilities, with a new emergency department at Leighton Hospital in Crewe opening in the coming months and plans for improvements at Victoria Infirmary in Northwich.

In September, the Trust submitted a funding bid to the Department of Health and Social Care for a new Leighton Hospital. A decision is expected by next spring.

You can view the strategy by clicking here.