Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

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Type of Trust
NHS hospital trust
Trust Details
Last annual budget £500 million
Employees 8000
Chair John Jesky
Chief Executive Sir David Dalton
Website Pennine Acute Hospitals
Care Quality Commission reports CQC

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is an acute hospital Trust which operates Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, North Manchester General Hospital, the Royal Oldham Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary, in Greater Manchester. It is the largest teaching Trust in England.

Not to be confused with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust also based in Greater Manchester.


Dr Fairfield, the Chief Executive of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust moved in 2014 to the Trust on the retirement of John Saxby.[1] In April 2016 Sir David Dalton was appointed to take over the leadership of the Trust.[2]

Northern Care Alliance[edit]

In December 2017 it was announced that the Trust was to form a new healthcare organisation by combining with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. The new organisation, to be called the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group will have 17,000 staff, and a combined operating budget of £1.3bn covering Oldham, Bury and Rochdale, Salford and North Manchester. Salford will provide the Chair and Chief Executive of the new organisation.[3] The Alliance is Greater Manchester’s first Global Digital Exemplar Fast Follower organisation, investing £10 million in digital technology for patient care systems across its hospitals in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and North Manchester which will replicate projects already deployed at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, including an online appointment management system for patients.[4]


Four-hour target in the emergency department quarterly figures from NHS England Data from

The trust was highly commended in the progressive research culture category at the Health Service Journal Awards 2012 and has seen a large increase in recruitment to clinical trials.[5]

The trust did poorly in the Friends and Family Test in March 2013, with 48% of staff saying they would not recommend their workplace to relatives and friends - in the bottom 20 in England.[6]

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.[7]

In December 2015 it was reported that the Trust envisaged moving all non-elective surgery away from North Manchester General Hospital as a result of the decision to centralise emergency surgery on 4 sites in the conurbation. [8]

In the last quarter of 2015 it had one of the worst performances of any hospital in England against the four hour waiting target.[9] In March 2016 at least 70 emergency patients at the trust waited more than 12 hours to be allocated a bed. This was the highest figure for any trust in England. [10] In 2016/7 it had 786 cases where patients waited more than 12 hours to be admitted to a ward, about a quarter of the total for England, mostly at North Manchester General Hospital. There were 200 cases the previous year. [11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pennine Acute NHS Trust announces new Chief Executive". Rochdale Online. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Sir David Dalton". Pennine Acute Trust. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Greater Manchester trusts come together to form £1.3bn healthcare organisation". National Health Executive. 4 December 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  4. ^ "£10m digital health programme for NHS gets go ahead". Building Better Healthcare. 13 March 2019. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Interview with Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS trust". The Guardian. ND 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2014. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ "The hospitals only HALF of staff would recommend to a friend..." Manchester Evening News. 3 March 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  7. ^ "26 trusts responsible for half of national A&E target breach". Health Service Journal. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Trust's rationale for moving high risk surgery 'not supported'". Health Service Journal. 4 December 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Thirty worst A&E trusts called to London summit". Health Service Journal. 4 March 2016. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Trust reports dozens of 12 hour trolley waits in single month". Health Service Journal. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Single trust accounts for nearly a quarter of 'trolley waits'". Health Service Journal. 12 May 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2017.

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