About the Trust


Stronger Together - Our vision to become one Trust

We recently announced that the Boards of South Tyneside and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundations Trusts have agreed to explore a merger.

Through our work together so far, we have made great progress in delivering our joint vision to provide high quality services, and deliver sustainable hospital and community health services for many future generations to come. Having worked together for over two years, the Boards of both organisations believe very strongly that now is the right time to formally merge our two Trusts so that we can further accelerate the pace of positive change and deliver more quality improvements for the benefit of both our patients and staff.

During the Summer we asked for feedback from the public and staff about the potential merger. This engagment period ended on 28th September - thank you to everyone who shared their views. These are now being considered as part of our full business case which is currently being developed and needs to be submitted to NHS Improvement by December 2018. 

Following this and subject to approval from NHS Improvement, our new Trust could come into operation from April 2019.

We are committed to ensuring that the process of any potential merger is transparent and reflects the views of colleagues, patients, the public and our stakeholders.

The information below gives details about our ambition to become One Trust.