Located in Wirral in North West England, we are a population health focused NHS organisation specialising in supporting people to live independent and healthy lives.
We play a key role in the local health and social care economy as a high-performing organisation with an excellent clinical reputation. Our vision recognises the important role we play in delivering integrated care with partners in the local health economy.
Our expert teams provide a diverse range of community health care services, seeing and treating people right through their lives both at home and close to home, ensuring essential care continues to be delivered, and preventing a visit to hospital.
We employ over 1,800 members of staff, nearly 90% of whom are directly supporting our patients and service users. Our workforce represented 76% of our expenditure in 2022-23 and is our most important and valued resource. In 2022-23 we had a turnover of £116m.
Our services are local and community-based, provided from over 50 sites across Wirral, including our main clinical bases, St Catherine’s Health Centre in Birkenhead and Victoria Central Health Centre in Wallasey.
We also provide the Community Integrated Care Centre on the Clatterbridge site providing 71 beds across 3 wards offering reablement care and support to the local community.
We also provide integrated 0-19 services in Cheshire East comprising health visiting, school nursing, family nurse partnership and breastfeeding support services from a number of bases including medical centres and children’s centres. In September 2021 we started delivering the 0-19+ Service in St Helens and in February 2022 we launched the 0-25 Service in Knowsley.
Our Organisational, Operational and Governance Structures can be found below under Documentation.
We have over 1800 members of staff, and nearly 90% of which are patient facing.
We have seven operational localities:
- Birkenhead Locality
- South Wirral Locality
- West Wirral Locality
- Wallasey Locality
- Wirral System 1
- Wirral System 2
- Wirral and Regional System
This structure will help us to sustain and grow our services in line with our strategic and transformation plans. It will also allow us to respond to local and national priorities including ‘Healthy Wirral’ and urgent care transformation.
Being a Foundation Trust means we now have:
- Greater local ownership and accountability to our patients, public and staff
- More freedom to improve your local community services
Why we became a Foundation Trust
Foundation Trusts are NHS organisations so as a foundation trust we remain part of the NHS delivering NHS services. A Foundation Trust also has more freedom from central government to manage its own affairs. It can develop its own plans for developing services and has greater financial freedom, including the ability to reinvest any money we save into local services.
Importantly, Foundation Trusts are based on a public and staff membership – we are accountable to our local community through a membership made up of the public and staff who will have a greater involvement with our trust. (Membership is free and you can be involved as much or as little as you want – visit our membership page for more information).
We are also accountable to NHS commissioners through service contracts and to NHS Improvement (the independent regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts).