The Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest hospital trusts in the country and provides high quality acute elective and specialist care for a population of more than 612,000 people.
The Trust was formed in 2002 with the merger of Gloucestershire Royal and East Gloucestershire NHS Trusts and runs both Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals. Our doctors and nurses also see patients at clinics in all of the smaller hospitals across the county.
Our hospitals are district general hospitals with a great tradition of providing high quality hospital services; some specialist departments are concentrated at either Cheltenham General or Gloucestershire Royal hospitals, so that we can make the best use of the expertise and specialist equipment needed.
In July 2004 we became one of the UK's first NHS Foundation Trusts. Since this time we have performed consistently well receiving 'good' ratings in the Healthcare Commission's Annual Health Check. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) replaced the Healthcare Commission as the healthcare regulator in 2010, and has since carried out several visits to both our hospitals.
As one of the first foundation trusts, we pride ourselves on our engagement with our Members and have an active and involved Council of Governors helping us be more responsive to the needs and wishes of our local community.
We are the second largest employer in Gloucestershire, with more than 7,400 employees who are supported by a fantastic 500 strong volunteer workforce, who bring the values of the NHS and our Trust to life in everything that they do. Our success depends on the commitment and dedication of our staff. Many of our staff are world leaders in the fields of healthcare, teaching and research and we aim to recruit and retain the best staff possible.
Our patients are cared for by more than 2,100 registered nurses and midwives and 800 doctors. In addition, we employ more than 600 estates staff, 190 healthcare scientists and 425 health professionals, such as physiotherapists and speech therapists.