Associate Partners – Chesterfield and Mid Yorkshire
NHS organisations have a history of working together to deliver high quality services in Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Doncaster, Mid Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, Rotherham, and Sheffield.
In 2014 the Providers Working Together Programme was formed to explore what can be achieved when seven local Hospital Trusts work together to strengthen each organisation's ability to deliver safe, sustainable and local services. In 2015 this was followed by the eight clinical commissioning groups working across South and Mid Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire and NHS England commencing working together as Commissioners Working Together.
In 2016, NHS organisations and local councils were asked to come together to form 44 sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) covering the whole of England, and set out their proposals to improve health and care for patients. The geographical boundaries agreed for STPs placed some of our historical partners in different footprints (those in Mid Yorkshire and North Derbyshire).
In South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw our partnership has now evolved to form an Integrated Care System (ICS), a new type of even closer collaboration, however the STP defined boundaries have not stopped us working together for the benefit of our patients, and because we know that patients move from Barnsley into Mid Yorkshire services, and from Chesterfield into Sheffield services, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust are Associate Partners of the South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw STP.
This means that their leaders and clinicians continue to take part in discussions about the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw system and what is right for all of our collective patients.
A practical example of this joint working is with the Hospital Services Review, a South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw ICS piece of work which Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust opted into. The Trust decided because so many of their patients flow between Sheffield and Chesterfield that it would make sense for them to be part of the review, despite them sitting within a different STP footprint.
Work on Hyper Acute Stroke Units is also an example, as in 2017 the decision was made for Hyper Acute Stroke care to be consolidated into hospitals with very specialist staff and skills. Around 15 people per week from Barnsley or Rotherham who need specialist hyper acute treatment, with rapid scanning, assessments and treatments, including thrombolysis where appropriate, are now taken to hospitals in Chesterfield, Doncaster, Sheffield or Wakefield (depending on where they live and which is the closest hospital providing the necessary care) to receive their specialist care.