We provide a comprehensive range of community physical and mental health services for residents of Northamptonshire.
Community services previously provided by NHS Northamptonshire Provider Services transferred to the Trust on 1 July 2011. This transfer takes the local NHS a step closer to fully integrated community physical and mental health services, better geared to meeting all of a patient’s needs closer to where they live.
We serve a culturally and socially diverse population of around 700,000 people living in the districts and boroughs of Corby, Daventry, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, Northampton, South Northamptonshire and Wellingborough. We employ around 4,000 people and operate from a number of hospital sites, clinics and offices within the county.
NHS Northamptonshire, our local primary care trust, is the main commissioner of our services and provides almost 90% of our income. NHS Northamptonshire commissions both the health and social care elements of adult mental health services. Adult social care services are delivered under a Section 75 agreement (Health Act 2006) with Northamptonshire County Council. The social care staff employed by the county council are seconded to Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and work in fully integrated, multi-disciplinary teams. Drug and alcohol services in Northamptonshire are commissioned by the Northamptonshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT), which is administered by Northamptonshire County Council. The majority of services are funded under block contracts.
Within Northamptonshire there are pockets of high deprivation and low life expectancy. The county is also facing a projected population increase of 50% over the period 2005 to 2035, due partly to increasing life expectancy and partly to inward migration arising from the Milton Keynes South Midlands region expansion. While the county’s age profile is slightly younger than the UK average, we expect to see a significant increase in the age of the population we serve, particularly among people over the age of 85.
Taken together, these factors create a high requirement for access to health services and the need to engage with people in new and creative ways. Foundation trust status gives us more control over the services we provide and new ways to involve local communities in the bigger healthcare decisions we make. It helps us to engage our staff in shaping how we operate, and make sure the views of service users, their carers and families are central to everything we do.
To achieve foundation trust status we had to demonstrate that we are legally constituted, well governed and financially viable. This section of our website sets out to tell you about who we are, how we work, our plans, our policies and a range of other information relating to Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
Last updated: 05 September 2011
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is registered, and therefore licensed to provide services, by the Care Quality Commission (Provider ID: RP1). For more information, visit www.cqc.org.uk