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NHS Context

Northamptonshire Healthcare was authorised as a foundation trust from 1 May 2009 by Monitor, the independent regulator.

Who We Are And What We Do


Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust delivers many of the NHS services that are provided out of hospital, in the community. Our comprehensive range of services is 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.

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; Rushden Hospital, Rushden 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.

NHS Northamptonshire, our local primary care trust, is the main commissioner of our services and provides the majority of our income. In 2011/12 we spent £165 million delivering services aimed at improving the quality of life for our patients and service users.


How we fit into the NHS structure

The NHS is one of the largest public sector organisations in the world. It was set up in 1948 to provide healthcare for all British Citizens based on need and not the ability to pay.

The Department of Health holds strategic health authorities, NHS trusts and primary care trusts to account on a daily basis for the effective discharge of their duties.

Northamptonshire Healthcare is an NHS Foundation Trust. This means that although we manage ourselves locally, we still link to and work with our NHS partners. We also work closely with Monitor, the independent regulator of foundation trusts.

Information relating to organisations with which we work in partnership

Northamptonshire Healthcare works closely with NHS Northamptonshire, who are our main commissioners (currently responsible for over 90% of our income). We have a contract in place with them for agreed financial, activity and quality standards for the services we provide.

We work closely with local and district councils and with Northamptonshire County Council.

The following link will direct you to NHS Choices and provides an overview of the NHS Organisational Structure in England

NHS England - Organisational Structure


Last updated: 07 September 2012

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Our NHS partners

The following are links to other NHS organisations that we work with in our capacity as an NHS Foundatiuon Trust:

NHS Northamptonshire

Our local Primary Care Trust

NHS East Midlands

The regional Strategic Health Authority

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

Northampton's Hospital (Acute Trust)

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Kettering Hospital (Acute Trust)

NHS Direct

National NHS support service for the general public

Northamptonshire County Council

The local county council - the provider of Social Care Services

Care Quality Commission

The NHS quality 'watch dog' organisation


The organisation that oversees the activities of Foundation Trusts such as NHFT


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