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Working at Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is the first NHS trust on the English mainland to provide community, mental health and acute hospital services. We work with health and social care partners in Somerset to ensure that we deliver outstanding services that meet the needs of our population.

On Thursday 18 November 2021, the Health Service Journal held its annual ‘HSJ Awards’ ceremony in London, where Somerset NHS Foundation Trust were honoured to be awarded Mental Health Trust of the Year, having been shortlisted for the second year running.

Our trust was formed on 1 April 2020 when Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust merged. We are now preparing to merge with Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (YDH) because we believe that we will be better able to support the health and care needs of the people of Somerset, and to provide consistent and accessible services across the county, as one merged organisation.

As a merged trust we will run community services, mental health and learning disability services across the county, acute hospital services from both Musgrove Park Hospital and Yeovil District Hospital, and a proportion of Somerset’s primary care services. The planning to create our merged trust is in full swing and a joint leadership team of executive directors is in place across both trusts. The strategic case that sets out why we want to merge was submitted to the regulator NHS England and Improvement for review in April 2021 and we are developing our more detailed business case for consideration and agreement by both Trust Boards and the regulator.

Working together we provide services from the cradle to the grave including:

  • Services delivered in your own home such as Somerset’s Rapid Response service that cares for patients to support them during a period of crisis and avoided over 1,000 patient going to hospital in its first year
  • A range of services from 13 community hospital including outpatient and diagnostic services, 190 inpatient beds and seven Minor Injuries Units.
  • A range of specialist mental health services
  • Specialist healthcare for adults with learning disabilities
  • Community dental health services
  • Regional, specialist and hospital services from Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton including medical and surgical care, maternity services and cancer treatment services.

The Trust’s general services are commissioned by the local clinical commissioning groups while specialist services are nationally commissioned.

In addition to providing a wide range of patient services, we also contribute to training the next generation of nurses, doctors and therapists and conduct research that will help to advance clinical practice and treatments in the future.

As a foundation trust we benefit from the support of and dedication of our volunteers, our Council of Governors, our Leagues of Friends, charities and partners – and we thank them for their contribution.

What we do

Our over 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.

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.