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Updated 18 August 2017

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Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust has two main sites: Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital. The Trust provides healthcare services to around 370,000 people from Colchester and the surrounding area of north east Essex and south Suffolk.

Colchester General Hospital opened in 1984. There are 562 inpatient beds (general and anaesthetic), 44 maternity beds (including at Clacton and Harwich hospitals) and 13 critical care beds. (This doesn't include cots or A&E.)

Essex County Hospital was opened in 1820 and until 2014 had two inpatient wards used for oncology (cancer) patients. It has long been the strategy of this Trust and our predecessor organisations to centralise acute services at Colchester General Hospital. In 2014 the Board of Directors announced its intention to transfer all services and departments off the Essex County Hospital site.

Pathology services and staff transferred on 5 May 2017 from the Pathology Partnership (tPP) to North East Essex and Suffolk Pathology Services (NEESPS). NEESPS is hosted by our Trust and is a partnership of Colchester, Ipswich and West Suffolk hospitals and the vision is to deliver innovative high-performing pathology services that are clinically-led and responsive to the needs of our patients.

Although it is our strategy to centralise acute services at Colchester General Hospital, we also provide some services - such as outpatient and maternity services - at the community hospitals in Clacton and Harwich (run by Anglian Community Enterprise, or ACE) and Halstead Hospital (run by Provide, formerly Central Essex Community Services).


The population we serve

The Trust provides healthcare services to around 370,000 people from Colchester and the surrounding area of north east Essex. In addition, we provide radiotherapy and oncology services to a wider population of about 670,000 people across north and mid-Essex. You can read more about the population we serve in our latest Annual Report.

Colchester is the largest town in north east Essex. It is a largely affluent area with relatively low unemployment and above average life expectancy. The Tendring peninsula is more rural and has a much higher concentration of elderly and economically less well-off people.

Colchester is home to one of the largest UK garrisons. The Trust values its relationship with the garrison and has developed a number of collaborative arrangements to provide services to service personnel and their families and to integrate garrison medical staff into service provision at the Trust.


Our services

The Trust provides a range of patient services. See also our Facts and Figures page.


Our NHS Foundation Trust status

The Trust was authorised as a Foundation Trust by Monitor in May 2008. The Trust is an associate teaching hospital of the University of London. Unlike hospital trusts without FT status, the governance of our Trust has three main components. You can read more about this here.


Our vision and corporate objectives

The Trust's vision was approved at the Trust's Board meeting on 27 October 2016:

"Delivering great healthcare to every patient, every day"

Here is a poster you can download and display.

poster

The vision is underpinned by our three corporate objectives (below) and is also aligned with Caring with pride, our three-year nursing and midwifery strategy which we launched in May 2015.

Acting in the best interests of every patient, every day

Supporting our workforce to look after every patient, every day

Achieving clinical, operational and financial resilience

We use our "Friends and Family test" to measure this vision.

You can read more about our vision, our strategy, the Trust's profile, and plans for the future on our Annual Plan pages.


Our strategy

Colchester Hospital announced in May 2016 its intention to partner with Ipswich Hospital and the Chief Executive and Chair at Colchester hold these positions in both organisations. This collaboration represents a unique opportunity for both organisations to build on the strengths of each, working together to create sustainable services for patients as well as creating economies of scale.
More details about the Trust's priorities are set out in our Annual Plan. We are committed to working with our patients and clinical staff to do our best and to make service quality the best we can achieve.


Our funding

In 2016/17 the Trust reported an operating income of £301.6m, operating costs £307.2m, non-operating costs £13.3m and a deficit of £18.9m.

You can read more about how we performed in previous years in our latest Annual Report, Accounts and Quality Accounts


Our staff

The Trust is one of the largest employers in north east Essex, employing 4,314 people on 31 March 2017.


Our partners

The Trust works with a variety of public, private and voluntary stakeholders. We do this to develop a sustainable environment in which people will continue to enjoy high levels of health and wellbeing but with modern health and social care services available for those who need them. The Trust has formal contracts or service level agreements with third parties that provide some essential services. In addition to its growing partnership with Ipswich Hospital, the organisation works with its STP colleagues to identify sustainable options for the future delivery of care.


Fair Processing Notice

To find out why we collect information about our patients and how we use this information please see our Fair Processing Notice


Find out more

You can read more about our vision, our strategy, the Trust's profile, and plans for the future on our Annual Plan pages.

You can read more about how we performed in previous years in our latest Annual Report, Accounts and Quality Accounts