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Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Created1 October 2007
TypeNHS trust
Hospitals
Number of employees11,789
Websitewww.imperial.nhs.uk

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is an NHS trust based in London, England. It is one of the largest NHS trusts in England[1] and together with Imperial College London forms an academic health science centre.

The trust was formed in October 2007 by the merger of Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust and St Mary's NHS Trust and their integration with Imperial College Faculty of Medicine. It currently manages five hospitals: Charing Cross Hospital; Hammersmith Hospital; Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital; St Mary's Hospital and Western Eye Hospital. In 2017/18 Imperial College Healthcare had a turnover of £1.2 billion, employed approximately 11,800 people and treated about 1.125 million patients.[2]

History[edit]

Imperial College Healthcare was formed on 1 October 2007 by the merger of Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust and St Mary's NHS Trust with Imperial College London Faculty of Medicine.[3] In July 2008 Imperial College Healthcare announced that it would be launching a pilot scheme to reward medical teams with bonuses for successful operations.[4][5] In January 2009 the results of a study were published in which researchers had successfully captured MRI images of bleeding inside the hearts of 15 Imperial College Healthcare patients who had suffered a heart attack.[6] In November 2009 a team led by Professor Paul Abel of Imperial College Healthcare performed the first removal of a rectal cancer using ultrasound.[7] In 2009, Imperial College Healthcare Trust and Imperial College London become an academic health science centre. In 2013, interventional radiologists at the Trust used the Magellan Robotic System to treat fibroids in a world first. The Trust was designated a Genomic Medicine Centre in 2014. The same year, Hammersmith Hospital became the first in Europe to use a new heart mapping system to treat patients with complicated heart rhythm disorders. In a UK first in 2016, focused ultrasound was used at Charing Cross Hospital to treat essential tremor without brain surgery. The Trust featured in the debut series of Hospital on BBC Two in 2017, and was selected as a global digital exemplar for acute care in partnership with Chelsea and Westminster the same year[8]. In 2019, a patient achieved a sustained remission from HIV-1 after ceasing antiretroviral treatment -- becoming only the second in the world to do -- after being treated with a stem cell transplant at Hammersmith Hospital. The treatment was offered to the so-called "London patient" as part of a collaboration by the stem cell transplant team at Imperial College London and HIV scientists at University College London.[9]


Organisation[edit]

The Trust's chief executive is Professor Tim Orchard[10]. The chair of the Trust was Lord Tugendhat from its inception in October 2007 until December 2011 when he was succeeded by Sir Richard Sykes. The current chair of the Trust is Paula Vennells CBE, who took up her post 1 April 2019[11].

Clinical structure[edit]

The clinical services of Imperial College Healthcare are organised into three divisions:[12]

  • Medicine and integrated care
  • Surgery, cardiovascular and cancer division
  • Women’s, children’s and clinical support division

Finances[edit]

In 2012/13 it achieved a year end adjusted surplus of £9.0 million with a total income of £971.30 million, of which £752.725 million was from patient care activities and £218.549 million was from other operating revenue.[2] In the same year it had operating expenses of £939.70 million, capital expenditure of £25.0 million.[2]

As at 31 March 2013 it had total assets of £855.737 million, total assets less current liabilities of £687.395 million and total assets employed of £664.033 million.[2]

It ended 2015/6 in deficit of £47.9 million.[13] This was partly as a result of changes to the NHS tariff.[14] It reported that vacancies had reached 1/6 of the nursing workforce in July 2015.[15]

In 2017/8 it predicted a deficit of £25.1 million and did not predict a full-year surplus until 2021-22. The total backlog maintenance bill had risen to £1.3 billion, the largest in the English NHS, and the trust had requested £131 million from NHS Improvement "to mitigate high and significant risk items". [16]

Private income[edit]

The trust has opened a clinic in Dubai. It is one of the most commercial NHS trusts, increasing private income, mostly from general and maternity care, by 19% from 2014 to 2016. About 25% of patients using private services came from overseas.[17]

Staff[edit]

During 2017/18 the trust employed an average of 11,800 people:[2]

  • Doctors -- 2,600
  • Nurses and midwives -- 4,700
  • Allied health professionals -- 720
  • Scientists and technicians -- 1,200
  • Pharmacists -- 130
  • Medical students -- 900
  • Nurses in education, pre-registration -- 470

It was named by the Health Service Journal as one of the top hundred NHS trusts to work for in 2015. At that time it had 8919 full-time equivalent staff and a sickness absence rate of 3.06%. 71% of staff recommend it as a place for treatment and 62% recommended it as a place to work.[18]

Facilities[edit]

It was one of the first trusts to introduce a comprehensive public Wi-Fi service, in 2015. The basic service is free for patients, visitors and staff. There is also a premium service which enables video and audio streaming.[19]

It has a contract with DHL Supply Chain for non-emergency patient transport services which cost £12.1 million in 2015-16.[20]

Research[edit]

In partnership with Imperial College London, Imperial College Healthcare is a major centre for medical research.[21] It is also part of one of eleven National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centres.[22][23] The trust has one of the 11 Genomics Medicines Centres associated with Genomics England which opened across England in 2014. All the data produced in the 100,000 Genomes project will be made available to drugs companies and researchers to help them create precision drugs for future generations.[24]

In 2016 it set up a project with DeepMind to develop new clinical mobile apps linked to electronic patient records.[25]

In 2018, researchers led by Professor George Hanna at St Mary's Hospital found that a simple breath test has been able to detect pancreatic cancer.[26]

Performance[edit]

The trust was one of 26 responsible for half of the national growth in patients waiting more than four hours in accident and emergency over the 2014/5 winter.[27]

At the end of March 2017, the trust was confirmed as one of four additional NHS Global Digital Exemplars; joining the twelve announced in September 2016.[28] The trust shares its GDE status with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as a "joint Exemplar".[29]

In 2017/18, the Trust performed 39,000 operations and saw 299,000 emergency attendees. The trust saw almost a one per cent year-on-year rise in attendances and a seven per cent rise in admissions. On average in 2017/18, the trust's emergency department treated and discharged or admitted 87 per cent of patients within four hours, against the national target of 95 per cent.[30]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e "Who we are". Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Super-trust will offer quicker cures". London Evening Standard. 1 October 2007. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  4. ^ "'Rewards for medics' excellence'". BBC News. 20 July 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Surgeons set for pay bonuses if their operations are successful". The Times. 20 July 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  6. ^ "First pictures inside a heart attack". The Telegraph. 20 January 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Rectal cancer tumour destroyed by ultrasound is a first". BBC News. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Our achievements". www.imperial.nhs.uk. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  9. ^ "London patient second in the world 'to be cleared of HIV virus', say researchers". ITV News. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust names new chief executive". www.imperial.nhs.uk. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust names new Chair". www.imperial.nhs.uk. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  12. ^ "How we are organised". Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Analysis: The trusts whose finances fell furthest despite 'urgent action'". Health Service Journal. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Rollover tariff trusts expect massive deficits". Health Service Journal. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  15. ^ "NHS needs thousands of nurses as London wards are shut in 'perfect storm'". Evening Standard. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  16. ^ "Shelford Group trust will run deficit for 'at least three more years'". Health Service Journal. 27 March 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  17. ^ "NHS expands private care to help fill £20bn funding gap". Financial Times. 2 March 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  18. ^ "HSJ reveals the best places to work in 2015". Health Service Journal. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  19. ^ "Supplement: Can I watch Netflix from my hospital bed?". Health Service Journal. 28 October 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  20. ^ "Trust stuck with unexpected £5m patient transport bill". Health Service Journal. 5 January 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  21. ^ "Imperial College Healthcare Research". Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  22. ^ "Biomedical Research Centres". National Institute for Health Research. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  23. ^ "South secures research cash". Times Higher Education. 16 February 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  24. ^ "NHS DNA scheme to fight cancer and genetic diseases". BBC News. 22 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  25. ^ "DeepMind announces second NHS partnership". IR Pro. 23 December 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  26. ^ "Breath test shows promising results in diagnosing pancreatic cancer at an earlier stage". www.imperial.nhs.uk. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  27. ^ "26 trusts responsible for half of national A&E target breach". Health Service Journal. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  28. ^ Stevens, Laura (31 March 2017). "Four more acute global digital exemplars confirmed by NHS England". Digital Health. Digital Health. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  29. ^ England, NHS. "Acute Global Digital Exemplars". NHS England. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  30. ^ "Publications". www.imperial.nhs.uk. Retrieved 23 April 2019.

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