WORKFORCE: Paediatric staff at George Eliot Hospital Trust are transferring to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust as part of a service integration.

It has been agreed that from 1 April the overall management of staff within paediatric services will transfer to UHCW and relevant staff are being liaised with accordingly. 

George Eliot’s acting chief executive Chris Bradshaw said: “This collaborative approach to working will ensure George Eliot’s staff and trainees are able maximise their skills and range of experience to benefit patient care.”

Clinical leadership responsibilities for doctors and nurses within paediatric services at George Eliot Hospital transferred to UHCW on 1 November 2010, meaning that UHCW staff are currently responsible for providing support and leadership around professional standards.

Although the management of paediatric staff will transfer to UHCW, there are no immediate changes to services anticipated as a result of the transfer.

In the longer term, a Coventry and Warwickshire-wide network for women’s and children’s services has been developing an options appraisal to consider future models to ensure the long term sustainability of women’s and children’s services across the area.  

Once considered by relevant stakeholders and NHS partners, NHS Warwickshire would need to take any such recommendations to public consultation. 

NHS Warwickshire chief executive Paul Jennings said: “Ensuring that the people of Nuneaton and North Warwickshire have a sustainable women’s and children’s service that meets their needs is absolutely vital.

“Over the next few months we will be talking to as many members of the public and interested parties as possible to look at what is important to them in terms of women’s and children’s services. This will make sure we’re armed with local views before we even get to the stage of shaping a formal public consultation.”