Creating the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust
The Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust brings together staff and services from Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT) and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (PAT). The NCA FT was formally established on 1 October 2021 and has been working together as a group since 2016.
Who are we?
Our dedicated team of around 20,000 staff – 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.
Patients and service users may receive a range of integrated health and social care services at their home or in their community or be treated and cared for in one of our four hospitals – Salford Royal Hospital, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary or Fairfield General Hospital in Bury.
Our aim is to deliver consistently high standards of care to them all.
Patients may be visiting one of our four hospitals or receiving a range of integrated health and social care services at their home or in the community.
The NCA team 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.
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, Managing 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.