About Us

Our Vision and Values

DSFS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust which went live on March 31 2019.  We are developing our vision and values as an independent company within the Trust’s ‘family’. We have pledged to:

  • Provide first-class healthcare facilities and support services to best practice quality standards in a cost effective way - giving the public value for the money they put into the NHS.  
  • Remain committed to the Trust’s ethos, values and principles to provide the best possible services.
  • Make DSFS a great company for people to be part of – where staff feel valued and appreciated and where their wellbeing matters.  
  • Work with all our staff and stakeholders to make DSFS a real success that we can all be proud of.

DSFS has its own Board and organisational structure, which you can see here:

Introducing our company 


DSFS Goes Live - March 29 2019 (attached)

News Release

Wednesday, May 8 2019


The new subsidiary company set up by Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is set to offer its employees a ‘voice on the Board’ – to make sure it listens to its staff and takes account of their views when making decisions.

Derbyshire Support & Facilities Services (DSFS) went live at the end of March.  Around 730 staff from IT, finance, estates and facilities, procurement and clinical engineering, transferred to the company taking their NHS terms and conditions with them and protected for at least 25 years.  In a challenging financial environment the move has safeguarded these valuable services and jobs from third party outsourcing, staffing reductions and redundancies.

Directors leading the company have pledged to involve staff in how the organisation is run and improved and as part of this commitment to staff engagement are advertising for three Employee Associate Directors to work in partnership with them on the Board.  The roles are open to all staff working within the subsidiary – as long as they have been in post since at least May 1 2018. The position attracts a responsibility allowance of £3000 per year on top of salary*.

Speaking about the new development, Managing Director of DSFS, John Williams comments: “This is a really exciting step for our new venture. Creating a shared sense of purpose, where the Board and its staff work together for the benefit of the company is something we are keen to realise. It’s an important part of the culture we want to develop and embed.

“We’re inviting applications from all interested DSFS staff that want to see our subsidiary grow and succeed.  We are determined to build on the positive staff engagement programme we ran as part of the process of setting up DSFS.”

The three associates will actively participate in Board meetings – enabling directors to use the knowledge and ideas of its workforce and supporting decision-making and improvement.  They’ll act as DSFS ambassadors, championing new initiatives, connecting with colleagues across DSFS teams and promoting opportunities for them to get involved.

The positions are already out to advert – with the new Employee Associate Directors expected to be in post by June 2019.


Who’s Who


John Williams, Managing Director

John’s been the Trust’s Deputy Director of Finance, leading its Finance and Contracting services since 2013. He’s also had two spells as Acting Director of Finance - so is a really experienced senior leader in the organisation with board and strategic ‘know-how’. His NHS background - he’s had senior roles at Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is a graduate of the NHS National Graduate Training Scheme - along with the fact he’s an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants give him the right skills to take DSFS forward and he’ll take up the role of Managing Director when he transfer across. He’s passionate about leadership and staff engagement and is keen to ensure there are opportunities for colleagues in DSFS to contribute, lead and develop.


Stuart Ellis, Commercial Director

An experienced strategic and operational leader, Stuart joined the Trust in 2008 and has a real interest in staff-led improvement. His management background has seen him take up a variety of roles in our organisation, including Head of Innovation, and General Manager for Facilities, where he set up its retail arm. He was also instrumental in establishing Royal Primary Care and presently, as Associate Director for Commercial Services he leads the Trust’s Procurement and Commercial Services functions - as well as aspects of the Joined Up Care Derbyshire programme delivery. With an NHS background he’s transferring over to the Board of DSFS with a will to explore innovative approaches that will generate or release resources for use elsewhere in the organisation.


Chris Tann, Operations Director

Chris joined the NHS in 1981 and has a number of technical Estates qualifications alongside his formal Estates and Facilities Management skills and experience. He’s worked in a number of key roles across Derbyshire Health Organisations including Regional Energy Manager; Capital Development Manager and Head of Estates. As previously the Trust’s Associate Director of Estates and Facilities, he provides leadership for our wide-ranging Estates and Facilities Services functions. In transferring over to DSFS Chris is keen to create a company that works to best practice - and in the past he has worked with the Department of Health to develop national quality standards for estates and facilities services. As a member of the DSFS Board he is also looking forward to developing the company on a more commercial footing.


Ian Hazel, Director of IT & Infrastructure

Ian has a wealth of Information and Communication Technology experience gained over 27 years in the profession. He is a member of the British Computer Society and holds a number of ICT specific qualifications.  He is a member of the British Computer Society, holds a number of ICT specific qualifications and is a Prince2 certified practitioner. Ian joined Chesterfield Royal Hospital in December 2002 as Information Systems Manager, progressing through a number of senior roles within the Informatics team before being appointed to Associate Director of ICT & Patient Records in June 2016, leading our ICT, Medical records and Clinical Engineering functions. Before he joined the NHS he held senior roles in the private sector, where he was the Head of IT for both Sytner Group Limited and Pendragon PLC, the UK’s leading automotive retailers. In transferring over to the Board of DSFS he is keen to ensure that the company continues to apply technological solutions to solve complex business issues - improving both patient and staff experience.

Derbyshire Support and Facilities Services Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Companies House registration:  11494436.  Registered Office: Finance Department, Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Calow, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5BL

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