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Who we are

We are one of the most diverse providers of physical and mental health care in the UK and our staff are dedicated to improving lives through the wide range of services we offer.

Our purpose is to help people to recover from mental and physical illness and to find new and better treatments that allow people to lead full and productive lives. Our ambition is to be the best organisation of our type in the UK.

We are part of the National Health Service (NHS) in England and the services we provide are purchased by commissioners, such as clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), on behalf of local people.

We provide a full range of mental health, physical healthcare and community services for children, adults and older people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow.

We also provide some specialist services that are commissioned regionally, such as our medium secure services; and nationally, such as the Cassel Hospital for people with complex and severe personality disorder and our high secure services at Broadmoor Hospital.

We care for around 100,000 people each year, serve a local population of 800,000 residents and employ 3,700 staff.

Who runs the trust?

We are governed by a board of directors, which meets monthly.  

Our directors are responsible for setting the Trust’s strategic direction, ensuring the quality of the clinical services and overseeing financial performance. 

It is made up of 15 members: Eight of the trust’s executive directors (including the chief executive) work directly for us.  A non-executive chairman and seven non-executive directors are not employed by the Trust but do receive payment for the work they do.  

Executive directors are responsible for the day to day running of the organisations, as well as its future direction.  

Our non-executive directors monitor the Trust’s performance and are led by the Chairman.

Find out more about the trust board

See our board structure

Our structure

The trust has three main clinical service units:

Local and specialist services

Our local and specialist services directorate unit provides physical and mental health care, in inpatient settings and in the community, for people who live in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Hounslow.

It is divided into six areas:

  • Acute mental health services
  • Community and recovery mental health services (including The Cassel Hospital)
  • Cognitive impairment and dementia services
  • Child and adolescent mental health services and developmental services
  • Psychological medicine services
  • Integrated care services

Forensic services

Our West London Forensic Services are provided to a wider catchment area. We offer a comprehensive assessment, treatment and rehabilitation service for male and female mentally disordered offenders, as well as those with challenging behaviour and specialist rehabilitation needs, in conditions of low and medium security.

High secure services

Our high secure service at Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire is one of only three such units in England. It is a leader in the care of men with severe mental illness and personality disorder who require care in conditions of high security.

See our clinical services structure