Learn about Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust – who we are, what we do and how we are organised.

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust provides acute and specialist healthcare for over one million people every year. We particularly serve the local communities in the eight boroughs that form the North West London Integrated Care System. Formed in 2007, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, with more than 14,500 staff.

Our five hospitals in central and west London – Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St Mary’s and The Western Eye – have a long track record in research and education, influencing care and treatment nationally and worldwide. We are developing a growing range of integrated and digital care services and offer private healthcare in dedicated facilities on all our sites, including at the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital.

With our partners, Imperial College London, The Institute of Cancer Research London, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, we form Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre. We are one of eight academic health science centres in England, working to improve health and care through the rapid translation of discoveries from early scientific research into benefits for patients.

Also in partnership with Imperial College London, we host one of 20 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs). This research infrastructure funding is awarded to the most outstanding NHS and university research partnerships in the country, leaders in scientific translation and early adopters of new insights in technologies, techniques and treatments for improving health. 

The Trust is also part of the NIHR Health Informatics Collaborative (NIHR HIC), together with several other NHS trusts around the country. This collaboration brings together clinical, scientific and informatics expertise to enable NHS clinical data to be catalogued, shared and analysed to gain new insights into care and treatment through research.

As one of the NHS’s Global Digital Exemplars, we have been leading the way in using advances in digital technology to make tangible improvements to the care of our patients.

We are a major provider of education and training for doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals including therapists, pharmacists, radiographers and healthcare scientists. In 2021/22, some 1,900 Imperial College London medical undergraduates trained with us. We had 450 student nurses in training during the year, many of whom gained their first job or qualification with us.

Building on the partnership working that was central to our response to the Covid-19 pandemic, in 2022 we came together with the other three acute NHS trusts in north west London — Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust to form the north west London acute provider collaborative.

You can find out more about:

Our strategy – our strategic framework was established to progress both immediate and long-term improvements.

How we are organised – our main governance, management and operational structures

Our board – details of our executive and non-executive directors

Our senior leadership teams – details of our executive management team and executive committee

Freedom of information – how we respond to freedom of information requests and details of other ways in which we deliver our commitment to transparency and openness

Our history – learn how our hospitals have developed over time

Our partners  we work closely with a number of partner organisations to develop and provide services that meet the needs of our patients

Trust in numbers 2021/22