Newsflash: Hempsons advises on landmark trust merger

Hempsons has advised Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust on its takeover of Calderstones Partnership Foundation Trust. Regulators have approved the acquisition of the last standalone disability hospital in England, which sees Mersey Care taking over management of the 223-bed Calderstones Hopsital in Lancashire.

NHS England announced in October that in order to reduce the number of people with learning disabilities and autism in inpatient care, it would be shutting Calderstones’ main hospital site within three years. The 800 staff working in Greater Manchester and Lancashire will be transferred to a specialist division of Mersey Care.

The Chief Executive of Mersey Care, Joe Rafferty, praised staff at both trusts for their work in ensuring the transition was as smooth as possible. He added: “As one organisation, we are absolutely focused on delivering the very best care and support for our service users.

“We’re now set to deliver the NHS national programme of Transforming Care to ensure the highest standards of care are available to everyone. A full consultation will take place that will involve all stakeholders including service users to ensure that they are fully involved and able to help shape their future care.”

Jamie Foster, Partner at Hempsons, said: “We are delighted to have worked with Mersey Care in completing this important acquisition. Staff at both Trusts have worked incredibly hard to make the merger a success, and are now set to move forward to deliver the project’s key aims.’

For more detail about our experience advising on this project, please contact Jamie Foster.