Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust runs Worthing Hospital, Southlands Hospital in Shoreham-by-Sea and St Richard's Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex, England. It was formed through a merger in 2009 and started with a substantial inherited deficit, mortality issues and poor performance.
Proposals to transfer musculoskeletal services in West Sussex to Bupa CSH - a partnership between Bupa and Central Surrey Health were abandoned in January 2015 when it was concluded that trauma services at the Trust would become unviable if the deal went ahead.
In April 2014 the maternity Unit at Worthing and St Richard's was awarded the prestigious ‘level three’ award for the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) – effectively a recognition that staff deliver a service for mums which is considered to pose the lowest possible risk.
In 2014 the CQC reported that 'All standards were being met when we inspected the service.' These standards were as follows, Treating people with respect and involving them in their care, Providing care, treatment and support that meets people's needs, Caring for people safely and protecting them from harm, Staffing, Quality and suitability of management.
In 2016 Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHFT) has been rated as 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). At the time it was one of only three acute trusts in the country to receive the health watchdog’s highest rating by the Care Quality Commission.
Marianne Griffiths, the Chief Executive, was named chief executive of the year at the Health Service Journal awards in November 2016.