About Us

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA) brings together staff and services from Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT) and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (PAT). 

Our dedicated 19,500-strong team – our NCA Family – delivers healthcare excellence to over one million people across Salford, Oldham, Rochdale and Bury, as well as providing more specialist services to patients from Greater Manchester and beyond.

Our aim is to deliver consistently high standards of care to them all.

People may be visiting one of our four hospitals - Salford Royal, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary or Fairfield General Hospital in Bury – or receiving a range of integrated health and social care services at their home or in the community.

The NCA Family works to save lives and improve lives. By joining forces with the partner organisations who share our values, we’re committed to enhancing the health of our local communities.

The NCA is governed by a Committees in Common (CiC), a joint board who oversee how decisions about services are made.

Our Care Organisations

All community and hospital services are provided through our four Care Organisations: Salford, Oldham, Bury and Rochdale, supported by our NCA-wide diagnostics and pharmacy services, and corporate functions.

The four Care Organisations have a Medical Director, Director of Nursing, Director of Opertions, HR Director and Finance Director with clear accountability and authority to govern.

Together they manage and are responsible for the day-to-day running of their hospital and community services, ensuring the safe delivery of high-quality care at scale.

Created in 2017 and now one of the largest NHS providers in the country, the NCA supports its Care Organisations to be sustainable, both clinically and financially by:

  • developing service strategy
  • agreeing new/replacement building and equipment
  • agreeing annual operational delivery plans
  • developing a standardised operating model which determines best care based on evidence of best practice
  • organising this standardised care to be delivered effectively across multiple sites and locations.

We also ensure we have the right people with the right skills in place to continuously improve the way people receive care, enabling resources, skills and expertise to be shared in the best possible way. 

This means, no matter where people are treated, our aim is that they’ll experience the same high standard of safe, reliable, compassionate care.

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