Many of England’s 21 specialist trusts have created international reputations for academic and clinical excellence. They also score higher than other trusts in ratings for performance and patient satisfaction.
This report, commissioned by the Federation of Specialist Hospitals, outlines how high-performing specialist trusts have the potential to do more to benefit the wider NHS.
The review recommends seven ways in which local systems can benefit more widely from the role of specialist trusts.
- All trusts should consider establishing a senior leader for innovation, linking to supportive agencies such as Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).