We are a specialist NHS foundation trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services to the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. The Trust also provides some medium secure (forensic) services to the whole of Yorkshire and the Humber.
Over 1 million people live in Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield across urban and rural communities from a range of diverse backgrounds. We aim to match the community’s needs with locally sensitive and efficient services.
We work with other local NHS organisations to provide comprehensive health care to people in our area. We also work closely with local authorities (social care) and with other government departments and voluntary organisations. Working in partnership is very important to us and is vital if we are to continue delivering high quality services for local people.
Working in partnership also means working with the members of our foundation trust, who can have a say in how we run the Trust and how they wish our services to be developed. Over 11,000 local people have joined us as members, and our staff are also members.
Foundation trusts are different kind of NHS organisation known as a ‘public benefit corporation’. They are still part of the NHS and operate according to NHS principles - free care, based on need, not ability to pay - but they are run locally and are accountable to their members.
To provide the flexible, individually tailored care that local people have told us they want, we work from a variety of sites as well as with people in their own homes. Our community based services are well supported by inpatient services for when people need care or assessment in a hospital setting.
The Trust, which was first established in 2002, now employs around 4700 staff, in both clinical and non-clinical support services.