On Wednesday, July 25 2018 the Board of Directors concluded that an independent company, 100% owned by the Trust, will help to safeguard valuable and essential services, protect jobs for hundreds of staff – in turn enabling the Trust to focus on sustaining a full range of core clinical services for the 400,000 North Derbyshire people it serves.  You can read the decision here.

The ‘yes’ to a wholly-owned subsidiary was made after Board members considered a business case based on driving quality improvements, transforming services and financial benefits and savings; as the Trust looks to resolve an £8million financial challenge, in a Derbyshire health system that has a combined deficit of £80million. The document highlighted other potential alternatives, including outsourcing and reducing staffing numbers, neither of which the Board determined would offer security within the 'Chesterfield Royal family'.  It means that the Trust will now consult with around 700 staff on the protected terms of their transfer into the wholly-owned subsidiary, which will be called Derbyshire Support & Facilities Services (DSFS). 

Under the legal agreement of TUPE all these staff will have the right to transfer to DSFS and keep all their existing terms and conditions, employment rights and liabilities. The protection to their: NHS Pension; Pay (including enhancements, overtime, and on-call allowances); Sick Pay; and Annual Leave applies to staff while ever they work for the subsidiary - which will have an initial contract with the Trust for 25 years.

We've had lots of questions asking what creating this company means - for staff transferring into it; for staff who join it in future; and for the rest of the Trust and its clinical services. We’ve pulled this one-page information sheet together to provide answers to these points in an format that's easier to read, although all the information is taken from the business case.  

Download the document here:

We promised to keep you up-to-date and in preparation for the proposed start date of December 1 this year, the company (named Derbyshire Support and Facilities Services) has now been registered at Companies House.  You can view the on-line information here: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/11494436

Business case

Proposal to establish a wholly-owned subsidiary company – business case

After nearly six-months of exploring the idea of a wholly-owned subsidiary, the Board of Directors at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will discuss a business case at its meeting on Wednesday, July 25 2018.  The Board will examine how the wholly-owned subsidiary would operate; and what workforce and financial advantages it could bring to services including finance, estates and facilities,  IT, procurement and clinical engineering.

As part of its on-going engagement plan, the Trust has issued the following documents - to enable all interested stakeholders to read the proposals to create Derbyshire Support and Facilities Services (DSFS); an independent company the Trust would own 100% of - and which would hold an initial contract with the Trust of 25-years, protecting existing staff and their terms and conditions of NHS service, through TUPE legislation:

Summary Business Case – this is an executive summary of the full business case that outlines all the key points of the proposal, including: the options that have been considered, along with the workforce model and financial assessment.  It provides the main points that stakeholders have said matter most to them – for example pay and pension protections and the length of the proposed contract between the subsidiary and the Trust.  Read the summary business case here – this is an executive summary of the full business case that outlines all the key points of the proposal, including: the options that have been considered, along with the workforce model and financial assessment.  It provides the main points that stakeholders have said matter most to them – for example pay and pension protections and the length of the proposed contract between the subsidiary and the Trust.  Read the summary business case here:

Full Business Case – this is the full business case the Board of Directors will consider.  It contains all the information in the executive summary, along with some additional strategic outcomes, more detailed service benefits and greater financial modelling.  Read the full business case here:

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: In sharing the full business case, the Trust has redacted a small amount of information from the document.  As the Board of Directors has not yet made a decision, some information has been withdrawn because it is considered commercial in confidence and may impact on the organisation in future, if it were to be released now.  Sharing some financial figures and risks; and proposed future business activities could prejudice the Trust at this stage.  For example, if a wholly-owned subsidiary did not proceed and the Trust later considered the outsource market, private commercial businesses would be at an immediate bidding advantage if they were able to review financial modelling of services within the organisation, along with risks and how to mitigate against them.

The sections below provide you with background information and give you more information about wholly-owned subsidiaries within the NHS.

Exploring a wholly-owned subsidiary

FOI and Feedback

Our responses to questions raised by other interested parties, such as councillors and MPs.

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Questions and Answers

Materials that respond to key concerns and questions raised through staff engagement.

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Staff Engagement

Diary dates - opportunities to hear more about the proposals.

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What is a wholly-owned subsidiary?