Merger


Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHT) and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust (BSUH) are proposing to merge in April 2021.

The two trusts have been working in partnership with a shared leadership team for nearly four years. During this time:

  • WSHT became the first non-specialist acute hospital trust to be awarded Outstanding in all the CQC’s key inspection areas
  • BSUH became the fastest improving acute hospital trust in England and is now rated Good overall and Outstanding for caring by the CQC.

“As we move forwards together, our ambition is to always keep improving and provide excellent care, every time, for our patients. We'll invest in our staff and create a vibrant and supportive organisation where successful careers flourish.

As we develop these plans, please share your thoughts with us to help shape the vision and values of our new trust, choose its name and tell us about your hopes and concerns. Thank you.”

Dame Marianne Griffiths Chief Executive WSHT / BSUH



Merger survey has now closed.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to have their say in the public survey for the proposed merger of WSHT and BSUH. We’re looking forward to sharing more information with you soon.



Read more about merger

Take a look at more information about the merger, our frequently asked questions page, and information in the press.

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