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About us

Foundation Trust

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was granted its licence as a Foundation Trust on 1 April 2007.

Although still part of the National Health Service family and subject to NHS quality standards, performance ratings and systems of inspection we are not directed or controlled by the Secretary of State for Health, 

One of the greatest benefits of being an NHS Foundation Trust is that the structure helps us to work more closely with local people and service users to help us respond to the needs of our communities.

Other benefits include the chance to maximise financial freedoms, have more control over our money to improve facilities and achieve a better balance between national and local priorities.

How we are structured

There are three main components to the way an NHS Foundation Trust is structured:

  • A membership community made up of local people, patients, carers, staff from partner organisation and staff employed by the Foundation Trust

  • A Council of Governors elected from the membership community and also including representatives from the Trusts key partners in health and social care (the term Board of Governors is also used by some Foundation Trusts to describe this body)

  • A Board of Directors made up of a Chairman and Non-Executive Directors (appointed by the Council of Governors) a Chief Executive (appointed by the Non-Executive Directors) and Executive Directors (appointed by the Chief Executive and Non-Executive Directors).


Our vision is to be collaborative leaders in a system that provides great care to our communities

To deliver our vision, our mission is:

  • Deliver safe, quality services in partnership with our communities
  • Live our values
  • Deliver excellent integrated care through the transformation of services
  • Lead the way in education, research and innovation to continuously improve care
  • Provide a rewarding place to work

Our values support putting patients at the centre of everything that we do by:

  • Caring about what we do
  • Always doing what we can to be helpful
  • Respecting and valuing each other
  • Listening in order to improve

A fundamental part of being an NHS Foundation Trust is the way the organisation is structured. It is based on the involvement of local people, patients, carers, partner organisations and staff.

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Coronavirus - useful information

The latest health information about Coronavirus can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.  Information about our local services can be found on this website here.

From Monday 15 June 2020, visitors and outpatients coming into our hospitals will be asked to wear a face covering at all times, to help us reduce the spread of Covid-19.  A face covering can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.  It should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably.  For more information click here.

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