11 February, 2021 

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust announce Maternity Improvement Partnership

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (“SaTH”) and Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have announced that they will be formally working together as Maternity Improvement Partners.

The Improvement Partnership is organised through a formal Management Agreement. The relationship between the two Trusts began in January 2021, with the formal agreement due to begin in February. It will initially last for 12 to 18 months and will focus on the following:

• Maternity leadership development
• Quality of evidence & reporting
• Clinical governance approaches
• Working practice
• Culture
• Patient experience

SaTH has a pre-existing alliance agreement with University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and this Maternity Improvement Partnership is designed to work in conjunction with this.

Maternity services at Sherwood Forest Hospitals are rated “Good” Overall and “Outstanding” for Caring by the CQC and King’s Mill Hospital, where maternity services are based is rated “Outstanding.” Julie Hogg, the Sherwood Chief Nurse, is a Midwife by background, and the Trust has experienced a significant and sustained improvement journey of its own, driven by a supportive and inclusive culture.

Julie Hogg, Chief Nurse Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS FT said: “We are delighted to be working with SaTH and know that women, babies and their families across both organisations will benefit from this.”

Louise Barnett, CEO SATH said: “We look forward to working with our colleagues at Sherwood Forest Hospitals in this Maternity Improvement Partnership”

Richard Mitchell, CEO Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS FT said: “We were pleased to be asked to work with SaTH. Working together is a great opportunity to reflect on our own progress at Sherwood and to learn from another organisation.”




Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Sherwood Forest Hospitals is an award winning NHS Foundation Trust providing acute and community healthcare services for 420,000 people across Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark, Sherwood and parts of Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. We employ over 5000 people across our three hospital sites – King’s Mill, Newark and Mansfield Community.

In May 2020 we were received a Good overall rating from the CQC with the Care domain rated Outstanding and all 15 of our services rated Good for Safety. King’s Mill Hospital is rated Outstanding and Newark Hospital and Mansfield Community Hospital are rated Good.

In the last two years our staff engagement scores have been the best for Acute Trusts in the Midlands.

We are working closely with partners in health and social care through the Mid Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Partnership to take collective responsibility for managing resources, delivering NHS standards, and improving the health of the population we serve.

• Website: www.sfh-tr.nhs.uk
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Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford, and is the main provider of acute hospital care for almost 500,000 people from Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales. Patients come to us from Telford, Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Oswestry, Bridgnorth, Whitchurch, Newtown and Welshpool in Powys.

The Trust continues to work with its partners in health and social care in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales to develop patient-focused services that meet the needs of our communities.

If you have any feedback about local healthcare, independent support and signposting is available from Healthwatch Shropshire, Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin and Powys Community Health Council (CHC):
– Healthwatch Shropshire: 01743 237884 or email the team via enquiries@healthwatchshropshire.co.uk
– Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin: 01952 739540 or email info@healthwatchtelfordandwrekin.co.uk
– Powys CHC: 01686 627632 or email enquiries.powyschc@waleschc.org.uk

For more information on this press release please contact:
Lorna Branton, director of communications at Sherwood Forest Hospitals on 01623 672294 or email sfh-tr.communications@nhs.net
Charlotte Robertshaw
Communications and Engagement Manager – Maternity Services on 07784 015977 or charlotte.robertshaw@nhs.net