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“It’s an exciting time to join us, as we shape the future of healthcare for the whole of Somerset and beyond.”

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Working at Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Our vision at Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is clear: to deliver outstanding services that meet the needs of our population. To do that, we make a total of 1.7 million patient contacts every year; focusing on prevention and early support, helping people to stay well for longer. We’re the first NHS Trust on the English mainland to take a joined-up approach to providing clinical, acute hospital, community health, mental health, learning disability and dental care services. It is what makes the Trust an exciting and dynamic environment in which to work and build a progressive career.

Our merger

Our roots are in partnership. The merger of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in April 2020, brought together innovative and successful teams who have a track record of providing community and mental health services across the whole of Somerset and acute hospital services in the north, west and centre of the county and beyond.

Since May 2017, we’ve been carefully establishing a close working relationship and innovative alliances. That included establishing a joint executive team to oversee both trusts’ operations and working to a single set of strategic objectives covering hospital, community and mental health services.

The close working relationship enables us to deliver improvements in patient care and has created opportunities to truly integrate community, mental health and hospital services. Our colleagues are also removing barriers that added costs and delays and realising the potential that working together differently offers, merging completely to deliver even greater possibilities for improved care.

Together, we’re bringing to life a clinical strategy that is built from the ground up, based on the experience of our colleagues and services, and our knowledge of the growing needs of our population.

Together, we can do even more.

What we do

Our 9,000 colleagues deliver and support patient services. They include all kinds of health care professionals, from therapists to nurses, doctors, researchers, scientists, porters, cleaners, kitchen staff, accountants, those who teach the next generation of clinicians and the receptionists who welcome our patients. The contribution of all of our colleagues is invaluable.

Everyone here takes pride in working together to provide cradle-to-grave services that include:

  • Somerset’s Rapid Response Service which offers home-based patient services
  • Three GP practices providing primary care
  • Thirteen community hospitals providing a range of services including outpatient and diagnostic services, 190 inpatient beds and seven minor injuries units
  • Specialist mental health services
  • Specialist healthcare for adults with learning disabilities
  • Community dental health services
  • Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton provides regional, specialist and hospital services from including medical and surgical care, maternity services and cancer treatment services.

As well as providing a wide range of patient services, we also help to train the next generation of nurses, doctors and therapists and conduct research that will help to advance clinical practice and treatments in the future.

Our Trust in numbers

1,000,000 342,000 315,500 300,000 170,000
pieces laundered for our patients (2019) visits made by district nurses (2019) patients attend emergency outpatient clinics (2019) meals delivered to patients (2019) dental appointments (2019)
100,000 41,000 17,770 3,400 1,100
patients attending our minor injury units (2019) patients admitted (2019) patients at our sexual health clinics (2019) babies born in maternity (2019) patient contacts in our mental health wards (2019)

Investing in the future

As a Trust, we’re working for a healthier Somerset by encouraging and helping people to live healthier, longer lives. How? By introducing initiatives like Fit for my Future – a coordinated programme in partnership with Somerset County Council and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group to help people stay well and prevent illness in the first place.

To achieve this, we need the right people in the right places, so we can give Somerset’s communities the care and support they need, when and where they need it. That’s why we’re committed to introducing initiatives that promote science and technology careers from an early age to help address national shortages in areas such as therapeutic radiography.

For example, we have three STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassadors in the Trust. And we’re involved in educational outreach with local schools and colleges to excite and encourage more students to study STEM subjects. What’s more, STEM Learning UK recognised us as the Inspirational STEM Employer in 2019, which was presented at CERN. This led to further research and work with the Science Council.

We’re also making major investments to support continuous professional development and pioneering new roles, such as Reporting Radiographers and recovery partners.

Awards and recognition

2019 2019 2019 2019 2019
Association for the Study of Obesity Best Practice Award CHKS Top Hospital Awards Top 5 UK Hospital for Patient Experience National Institute for Health Research Awards Best Research Team in the South West (Musgrove Park A&E) ANOTHER AWARD ANOTHER AWARD