Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Type of Trust
NHS hospital trust
Trust Details
Last annual budget £442 million
Employees 8000
Chief Executive Sue James
Website Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Care Quality Commission reports CQC
Monitor Monitor

Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust runs Royal Derby Hospital and the London Road Community Hospital, (formerly Derbyshire Royal Infirmary), both in Derby, together with outpatient and diagnostic services in a range of community hospitals, health centres and GP surgeries across southern Derbyshire.

The Trust has a substantial Private Finance Initiative contract. Innisfree Ltd, ISS Mediclean and Skanska are the partners.[1] Royal Derby Hospital cost £340m to build. The repayments on the scheme, £39m a year for 40 years, plus inflation, are set to be well in excess of £1.5bn.[2]

Dr Nigel Sturrock was appointed medical director of the trust in March 2014.[3]

In February 2015 it was reported that Chief Executive Sue James had cashed in her pension entitlement by "retiring" on 30 March 2014 for 24 hours before being rehired.[4] In response the trust has denied that any rules were broken.[5]

The trust had a backlog of 7,200 patients waiting for treatment in April 2015, with 1582 waiting over 18 weeks for treatment. The trust plans to send 250 to Nuffield Health Derby Hospital at an estimated cost of £1.25m. More may be sent to Care UK’s Barlborough Treatment Centre.[6]

It expects a deficit of £29 million for 2015/6.[7]

The trust produced a 117 page investigation in December 2015 of the Fit and proper person test in respect of Sue James' former employment at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust. The report by two independent barristers cost £200,000. It completely exonerates her and describes her performance as chief executive as exemplary and the allegations by Dr David Drew as “misguided”. According to the barristers the behaviour of the Care Quality Commission prolonged the investigation and increased its costs.[8]

See also


  1. "Huge PFI hospital for Derby". BBC. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  2. "£1.5bn cost of new hospital defended by health chiefs". Derby Telegraph. 14 August 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  3. "Listening to patients: New Royal Derby Hospital boss Dr Nigel Sturrock plans to spend time on wards". Derby Telegraph. 4 March 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  4. NHS boss pocketed £155,000 by retiring for just 24 hours: She quit, cashed in pension, then got her job back! Daily Mail 7 February 2015
  5. Derby hospitals hit back over Mail Online claims about their chief executive Derby Telegraph 7 February 2015
  6. "Monitor and CCG brand trust's backlog plan 'unacceptable'". Health Service Journal. 28 April 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  7. "Emergency savings drive and stretch targets fail to reduce provider deficit". Health Service Journal. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  8. "CQC criticised for errors leading to trust's £200k 'fit and proper person' bill". Health Service Journal. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
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