2gether NHS Foundation Trust (2gether) provides mental and social health care services to the population of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and our surrounding region.
The Trust employs over 2,300 dedicated members of staff who provide mental and social healthcare services in Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. We serve a combined population of 761,000, over nearly 1900 square miles.
At any one time, 2gether delivers services to approximately 12,000 individuals and offers education and support to their carers and families.
Declaration of Compliance
2gether is pleased to confirm that we are compliant with the Government’s requirement to eliminate mixed-sex accommodation, except when it is in the patient’s overall best interest, or reflects their personal choice. We have the necessary facilities, resources and culture to ensure that patients who are admitted to our hospitals will only share the room where they sleep with members of the same sex, and same-sex toilets and bathrooms will be close to their bed area.
What are NHS Foundation Trusts?
NHS Foundation Trusts are run locally, not by central Government. We are regulated by Monitor and help ensure local accountability, ownership and control of NHS services in your area. We also seek to provide people with an opportunity to learn about services and get more involved.
We work with our members, services users and their carers and local organisations to gather feedback and advice. This feedback helps us develop a range of comprehensive services that meet the needs of our local communities and make continued improvements in all that we do.
This makes sure that the people we serve have access to the right services in the right place and at the right time.
How we make decisions
The Trust holds regular board meetings where decisions affecting the Trust are made. The dates for future meetings, board papers and minutes of previous meeting are all available on this website.
How we fit into the NHS structure
2gether is an NHS Foundation Trust. We are part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the trust is run locally, not by Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.
We have a board of governors, with representatives elected by local people and staff. We are free from Government control and free to manage our own budgets. As a key part of the NHS, we will be inspected and certified by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to the same standards as other NHS Trusts. We will continue to provide services according to the NHS principle of free care – based on need and not the ability to pay – and the assets used to deliver NHS services are protected under law.
How does this benefit the community?
With greater freedoms as an NHS Foundation Trust, we can develop services that are more responsive to local needs. A funding system allows us to borrow, up to an agreed limit, and keep any surpluses. We can then use this money to improve facilities and services, without having to go through lengthy bidding procedures in competition with other NHS organisations. We can still apply for funds made available to meet national priorities. We plan and work closely with other partners in the local NHS and social services. However, the greater freedoms to set up new types of partnerships and to work differently have lead to new and innovative service developments.
How does this benefit staff?
As an NHS Foundation Trust we are able to explore different ways of working in partnership with staff to deliver local services with increased freedom to reward excellence. Staff have the opportunity to become a member of our NHS Foundation Trust and elect staff members on the board of governors.