STRUCTURE: Two foundation trusts in Derbyshire have signed a three year agreement to deliver services for children, young people and families together to improve ‘quality, productivity and efficiency’.

The partnership between Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and Derby Hospitals Foundation Trust will cover specialist children’s services, community paediatric services and child and adolescent mental health services, a memorandum of understanding said.

The trusts also believe the partnership could save money.

Derbyshire Healthcare board papers said: “Each trust will operate in an innovative and pragmatic manner and with pace and ambition. Each will seek to demonstrably improve the quality and clinical outcomes of the clinical services which the trusts provide to their patients.”

A spokeswoman for Derbyshire Healthcare said: “Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust agreed a Memorandum of Understanding on 31 January 2015, which relates to the trusts’ current provision of children’s services.  The paper outlines a collaborative approach to delivering and improving children’s services for patients and families in Southern Derbyshire.

“Both trusts currently provide children’s services in Southern Derbyshire and have agreed in principle to explore ways in which the services could work closer together.  This is in line with local commissioning intentions where the Southern Derbyshire Unit of Planning have indicated their preference for a collaborative model of service delivery for children, young people and their families.”

She added that the trusts have “no shared plans to procure external partners from the private or public sector”, but the paper outlines a “a shared commitment to being open about future potential collaborations and the forms these may take”.