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About Northamptonshire Healthcare

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) delivers many of the NHS services that are provided out of hospital, in the community. Our comprehensive range of services are delivered to best meet the needs of our patients and service users, whether in the patient’s own home, through GP practices or in a residential or hospital environment.

NHFT began life as a mental health trust before expanding to incorporate both physical and mental health community services. In July 2011 1,700 NHS staff and 61 services joined NHFT as part of the national programme ‘Transforming Community Services’ (TCS). ‘Transforming Community Services’ aimed to separate providers from commissioning bodies. NHFT saw it as an opportunity to integrate community physical and mental health services, improve and enhance access to those services and address health and wellbeing in a more holistic way.

Today, we are proud to employ more than 4,400 hardworking, dedicated and skilled members of staff. Our services are delivered from a large number of sites including hospitals, children’s centres, GP surgeries and clinics. Some of the best known sites that we operate from include Berrywood Hospital, Northampton; Willowbrook Health Complex, Corby; Danetre Hospital, Daventry; Isebrook Hospital, Wellingborough; and St Mary’s Hospital, Kettering. We intend to ensure that our services are delivered as close to home as possible for our patients and service users. Where it is possible and appropriate to do so, services are delivered in people’s own homes. We also provide prison healthcare services in Leicestershire as well as in Northamptonshire.

Northamptonshire is the second fastest growing county in England. The Trust therefore serves a growing, socially diverse population of more than 700,000 people living in the districts and boroughs of Corby, Daventry, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, Northampton, South Northamptonshire and Wellingborough.

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. On 1 May 2009 Northamptonshire Healthcare was authorised as a foundation trust by Monitor, the independent regulator. 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: 07 July 2014

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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

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