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Angela Schofield, Chairman

"Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust (HDFT) is a high performing, forward looking organisation with a strong track record of providing excellent hospital and community services."

Angela Schofield, Chairman

Our Vision: Excellence Every Time

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust (HDFT) is a high performing, forward looking organisation with a strong track record of providing excellent hospital and community services. It is well-regarded by patients, its partners and local people. The Trust was rated as ‘Good’ overall, and ‘Outstanding’ for care and community services, by the Care Quality Commission, with all core services now rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’, following the most recent inspection in November 2018. We place an unwavering focus on care quality and living up to our values of being Respectful, Responsible and Passionate. We place significant emphasis on working in a collaborative manner with our partners, recognising them as being critical to the delivery of sustainable services and the Trust’s future strategic direction.

HDFT provides both community and hospital based services. Harrogate District Hospital provides a full range of services for the local population of Harrogate and rural district as well as attracting referrals from North Leeds and other neighbouring areas. Our community services include Adult Community Nursing, Podiatry, Community Dentistry, and GP Out of Hours services. We are a very significant provider of Local Authority-commissioned Children’s Community services covering a substantial geographic footprint including North Yorkshire, County Durham, Darlington, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Gateshead and Sunderland.

Harrogate & District Foundation Trust has developed a clear vision for the future based on three overriding strategic objectives:

  • To deliver high quality care
  • To work with partners to deliver integrated care
  • To ensure clinical and financial sustainability.

The Trust performs consistently well on meeting the NHS Constitution standards including cancer pathway targets and nationally prescribed referral to treatment targets (RTT) and Emergency Department standards. Whilst targets and numbers are important, the high quality of care provided and our overriding vision of Excellence Every Time are the principal focus of the Board and its Committees. We have been rewarded for this ethos by achieving excellent results in national patient surveys and consistently amongst the best in the National Staff Survey with the highest staff engagement in Yorkshire and Humber in 2018. The Trust was listed recently by CHKS as one of the top forty hospitals in England and has achieved and maintained the Bronze ‘Investors in People’ accreditation.

As well as performing well against formal NHS targets, the Trust has successfully pursued a wide range of clinical developments which means that our patients have been some of the first in the country to benefit from innovations. The development of innovative clinical services is being supported by both an active research team and an extensive building programme. The Trust has extended  the Emergency Department has developed a new sterile service and decontamination facility and has recently opened a new, enlarged, endoscopy unit

The Trust is part of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership – one of the largest and most developed in England - and is working closely with our partners in the wider health and social care system to improve and create sustainable, resilient solutions for patients in the longer term.

Since 1 March 2018 the Estates and Facilities management functions of the Trust have been provided by a wholly-owned subsidiary company, Harrogate Integrated Facilities, with its own Board and management. The creation of the company included the transfer of around 340 former NHS staff and  it has recruited directly additional staff to fill vacancies. The relationship between the Trust and Harrogate Integrated Facilities continues to develop as we move forward in partnership.

We great value the teams who must take the credit for the excellence of services and our ambitions to develop.  We employ over 4,500 people, working in either a community or acute hospital settings. Although working under considerable pressure, as elsewhere in the NHS, colleagues across the Trust remain engaged and enthusiastic. They benefit immensely from the committed and positive leadership which the Board of Directors provides.  The Board welcomes the oversight and support of the Council of Governors.  We are now embracing the challenging period ahead as we look to expand and consolidate our services, deliver more for less and drive further improvements, including embracing technology where appropriate, to ensure that we continue to provide the excellent and reliable services for the people we serve.

The Trust needs to constantly develop and refine our services in order to maintain our high standards of care. I hope you will peruse the enclosed information and, if you believe you are the best person to work with us to achieve a sustainable future, I look forward to hearing from you for an informal conversation on the role and the information provided.

Angela Schofield

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