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News from our partners: Future Fit consultation findings published

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News from our partners NHS Future Fit

An independent report on the thousands of responses to the Future Fit consultation, which ran from 30 May to Tuesday 11 September 2018, has been published on the Future Fit website today.

Independent consultation specialists, Participate Limited, have collated and analysed the responses to the Future Fit consultation and wrote up their findings in a Consultation Feedback Report. The responses included 18,742 surveys, 203 letters and emails and feedback from hundreds of meetings, events and focus groups.

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The Consultation Findings report has been conscientiously considered by the boards of Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Telford & Wrekin CCG, and the Future Fit Programme Board. The outputs from these meetings will now be taken forward for consideration at further meetings over the coming weeks as part of the decision-making process.

The NHS Future Fit consultation on improving hospital services for the people of Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales received more than 18,500 responses – meaning more than 3% of the population served by the county’s two hospitals had their say.

David Evans, Chief Officer of Telford & Wrekin CCG, said:

“This report goes far beyond just the survey feedback, with analysis of the many public consultation events, meetings and discussions with seldom heard groups.

“We have now held two meetings where we have discussed, reflected and fully considered the key themes, detailed responses and any suggestions from individuals and organisations. This will prove invaluable in helping us to make a decision about the future of hospital services in the New Year.”

Dr Simon Freeman, Accountable Officer for Shropshire CCG, said:

“It was important that a wide range of people across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales gave us their views and were able to share their concerns which are highlighted in this independent report.

“This report is just one of a number of pieces of work that we need to take our time to consider before progressing to making any decisions and shape the future of health care for local people. It is vital that we also consider the outcomes of a number of other pieces of work, which are also published today. This includes public, community and non-emergency travel and transport activity, ambulance modelling, the impact that any changes to hospital services may have on seldom heard groups and the proposed plans to improve community services for health and care closer to home.”

Just over half (51%) of the online and hard copy surveys received were from the Telford and Wrekin area. 19% of all surveys were received from residents of Shropshire, 8% from the Wales/Shropshire border and 8% from Powys. 9% chose not to state their postcodes and 5% were from out of the area.

A number of other documents have also been published today at  www.nhsfuturefit.org/key-documents:

  • Summary of stakeholder responses
  • Summary of individual responses
  • Executive Summary Equalities Impact Assessment report
  • Travel and Transport Mitigation Plan
  • Shropshire Care Closer to Home Transformation Programme Update Report
  • Neighbourhoods Programme in Telford Update Report

Further meetings continue to take place over the coming weeks to enable all key stakeholders to reflect and comment on the feedback. This includes the Joint HOSC of Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council, Powys Community Health Council (CHC), Powys Teaching Health Board, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) board and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust board.

These meetings all form part of the process towards the Joint Committee of the two CCGs meeting early in 2019 to make a decision on the future of local hospital services.

Further information

About the consultation

Future Fit is about improving the hospital services provided at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in Shrewsbury and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford to meet the needs of our communities across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales.

NHS Shropshire and NHS Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) asked for the views of people across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales on the following two options:

Option1:         The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital becomes an Emergency Care site and the Princess Royal Hospital becomes a Planned Care site

                        (This is the CCGs’ preferred option)


Option 2:        The Princess Royal Hospital becomes an Emergency Care site and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital becomes a Planned Care site


Under either option, both hospitals would have an Urgent Care Centre that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There patients would receive care for illnesses and injuries that are not life or limb-threatening but require urgent attention.

Future Fit Programme Board

The Future Fit Programme Board includes representation from the following organisations: Telford and Wrekin CCG; Shropshire CCG, Powys Teaching Health Board; The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust; Healthwatch Shropshire; Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin; Powys Community Health Council; Shropshire Council; Telford & Wrekin Council, Powys County Council; West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust; Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust; The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; NHS England; Shropshire Patient Group; Telford Patients First.

Joint Committee

The Joint Committee of the two CCGs, which decided to approve to public consultation with a preferred option in August 2017, will be reconvened to receive the final Decision Making Business Case (DMBC) in early 2019. The Joint Committee will be constituted solely of voting members. It will be chaired by a voting Independent Chair and it will include two independent voting clinicians.