Merged trusts

Sometimes trusts merge or are acquired by other trusts. Even though they no longer exist after a certain date, sometimes the old trusts continue to submit data separately for a short period.

Merged and acquired trusts will continue to be displayed as separate individual trusts in the Model Hospital until they submit:
  • combined NHS reference costs and
  • combined annual financial returns
We will then create a new organisation for the combined trust. The Model Hospital will continue to hold older data against the name of the previous trust, so you can still access it. Once the new organisation has been created on the Model Hospital, users should automatically be given access to the new trust and all the previous trusts that formed it.

If the new trust has not yet been created on the Model Hospital, and you have a role in the new organisation that means you need access to more than one trust’s data, please email

The Model Hospital uses many different sources of data, so we cannot immediately combine data for the previous individual trusts, either for the current year or past years.

Recent mergers and acquisitions

The following trusts submitted joint reference costs for 2017/18, so now we have added reference cost data for 2017/18,  these recently-merged organisations now appear in the Model Hospital:
  • North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
  • Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Essex Partnership University NHS Trust
The following mergers or acquisitions will not yet be reflected as single organisations in the Model Hospital, because the constituent trusts supplied separate reference costs for 2017/18:
New trust Previous trusts
University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust and Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust South Staffordshire & Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Staffordshire & Stoke On Trent Partnership NHS Trust
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

Where more recent data are available for these trusts, for example length of stay data based on Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), the same data will appear for both predecessor trusts, representing data at the new combined provider. This is to avoid too much switching between different providers in order to get a complete picture of the available data.

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