Sir David Dalton’s independent review of possible new options for providers of NHS care remains open for comments until the August 31st 2014.
Dalton Review 2014: new options for providers of NHS care. London [Online]: Department of Health, July 2014.
A King’s Fund report of likely interest:
Imison, C. Ham, C. [and] Hopson, C. [et al] (2014). Future organisational models for the NHS: perspectives for the Dalton review. London: King’s Fund, July 2014.
Hospital Collaboration and Take-Overs in the NHS
The following KPMG report explores collaboration between hospitals in the NHS, based on results of a survey of NHS Trusts and Foundation trusts. It also covers hospital takeovers in the Netherlands.
Hospital collaboration in the NHS: exposing the myths. London: KPMG International, February 17th 2015.
Foundation Trust and NHS Trust Mergers
A King’s Fund report points to a lack of evidence that mergers create more sustainable organisations. It appears to be hard to justify funding for mergers instead of other potentially more effective approaches.
Collins, B. (2015). Foundation trust and NHS trust mergers: 2010 to 2015. London: King’s Fund, September 23rd 2015.
Collection of Resources on Hospital Mergers (NHS Improvement)
NHS Improvement (with Aldwych Partners and Cass Business School) have created a collection of resources and guides to help senior executives and clinicians decide whether mergers are a suitable choice. Trusts usually consider merging to achieve better integrated, higher quality and / or more cost-effective care.
How to make NHS mergers work better for patients. London: NHS Improvement, May 25th 2016.
Mergers in the NHS: lessons learnt and recommendations. London: NHS Improvement, May 24th 2016.
There is also an Executive Summary.
On the service improvements and savings that NHS trusts and foundation trusts have (sometimes) achieved:
Benefits from mergers: lessons from recent NHS transactions. London: NHS Improvement / Aldwych Partners, May 18th 2016.
Making mergers work: improvements NHS providers have achieved through mergers. London: NHS Improvement, May 18th 2016.
On various factors thought to influence the delivery of improvements through hospital mergers:
Making mergers work: factors affecting the success of NHS mergers. London: NHS Improvement, May 19th 2016.
There is a literature review:
Making mergers work: literature review – the experience of healthcare providers in delivering merger objectives. London: NHS Improvement, May 18th 2016.