1. Why is a single cardiac service being created?
The main reason to create a single cardiac service is to provide better patient care, with better patient outcomes. We think this can be achieved if we bring the resources of our two Trusts and their cardiac services together. There will also be other benefits; for example, a single cardiac service will be much better placed to become a major contributor to academic and scientific research – something that in itself will contribute to improving patient care.
2. What will the single cardiac service be called?
We will be asking you this very question! If you would like to suggest a name for the new service, or you have some ideas about what the new service should be about, a survey will be launched in August for you to put them forward.
3. Will staff change employer?
There are no plans for existing staff to change employer at present – you will remain employed by your current Trust, with your same terms and conditions. In the longer term, the single cardiac service may develop in such a way that a change in employment becomes a possibility; for example, if the service were established as an autonomous body. If this was being considered, you would be properly consulted and involved in line with the existing policies of the Trusts, and we would expect the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) guidance to apply.
4. Will staff have to move site?
There are no specific plans at present for staff to have to work on different sites, and there is no plan to concentrate the single service on a single site.
However, as the development of the service goes ahead, it may make sense for particular services to be concentrated on particular sites and/or for teams to work differently across the two sites in order to improve patient outcomes, or make better use of resources. As and when these changes are considered, again you would be properly consulted and involved in line with the policies of your employing Trust.
5. Will any staff be made redundant?
There are no plans to make any staff redundant as a result of the creation of the single cardiac service. For a very small number of staff in leadership roles, there may be a change of role during the period of creating the single service, as we establish new leadership arrangements. We have not decided how best these arrangements should work as yet, but we are involving those staff who are directly affected and we will keep you all informed through this website.
6. Will the single cardiac service provide better staff development opportunities?
Yes, we believe that by bringing together the two cardiac services run by our Trusts, one of the benefits will be increased opportunities for professional development for all of our staff. These benefits may include opportunities for career progression; being involved in cutting-edge innovation, research and development; and opportunities to learn from wider and larger clinical teams.
7. What if I have a question that isn’t answered here?
We will build up these frequently asked questions as the project progresses so please, if you have a question that your line manager hasn’t been able to answer, send us an email at through ‘contact us’ on the MAHSC website cardiac page and we will try to add the answer to the next version of these FAQs.