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 in north west London for around a million people every year. Formed in 2007, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, with over 13,000 staff.

Our five hospitals – Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St Mary’s and The Western Eye – have a long track record in research and education, influencing clinical practice nationally and worldwide. We also have a growing number of community services and provide private healthcare in dedicated facilities on all of our sites, including at the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s.

With our partners, Imperial College London, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and The Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, we form Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre. This is one of six academic health science centres in the UK, working to ensure the rapid translation of research for better patient care and excellence in education. We are also part of Imperial College Health Partners – the academic health science network for north west London – spreading innovation and best practice in healthcare more widely across our region.

The Trust, with Imperial College London, hosts one of 20 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) biomedical research centres (BRC). This designation is given 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 (HIC) together with Oxford University Hospitals, Cambridge University Hospitals, University College London Hospitals and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS foundation trusts. This collaboration enables NHS clinical data to be linked and shared to allow new insights into care and treatment through research.

In 2017, we were recognised as a leader in the adoption of digital technologies to improve patient care by being selected by NHS England as one of 16 global exemplars of acute care. With our partner, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, we received funding and support to drive the use of digital technology to innovate for better patient care and to create products and approaches that can be used by other organisations.

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 2019/20, some 2,000 Imperial College London medical undergraduates trained with us. We had over 640 student nurses and midwives in training in the year, many of whom gained their first job or qualification with us.

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