We provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Norfolk and North Essex. We employ nearly 3,000 staff who deliver these services within the community as well inpatient settings.
We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services and medium and low secure learning disabilities services.
We have operated as a NHS foundation trust since our authorisation in August 2007. This gives us opportunities to further build upon and improve the services for our community. Benefits include a stronger involvement with local communities through our members and Council of Governors and the ability to borrow finance to support our capital investment programme.
Our work is driven by a very strong set of values. We provide services which make a positive difference to the lives of patients, service users and their carers, underpinned by choice, independence and equality.
We offer a high quality service and are one of six mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of ‘Good’ from the Care Quality Commission (click here for the report). One of the reasons for this is the fact that we have a highly motivated workforce and are proud to be the highest scoring mental health trust nationally for ‘motivation at work’. However, we want to continuously improve and our Good to Great strategy will enable us to do this.
Our partnerships with other organisations are very important to the way in which we work. We play a full part in the local health and social care economies by promoting greater integration between mental and physical health and social care. These include:
- Local authorities and commissioners. We work closely with our local commissioners. Our largest contract involves working with East and North Herts CCG, Herts Valley CCG and Hertfordshire County Council to deliver integrated health and social care services.
- Our Chief Executive, Tom Cahill, who is leading the development of ‘A Healthier Future’, the Sustainability and Transformation Plan for Herts and West Essex.
- Being a university trust, with close links to the University of Hertfordshire. This provides excellent learning and development opportunities for staff, as well as strengthening clinical research.
- Our alliance with Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) formed in 2016. This enables us to work together more closely to improve the services we provide by managing people's mental and physical health together.
- Our regulators – Monitor and NHS Improvement.