Freedom of information: Who we are and what we do

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust provides services to some 1.3 million people living in Southampton and south Hampshire, plus specialist services such as neurosciences, cardiac services and children's intensive care to more than 3 million people in central southern England and the Channel Islands. In April 2012 the Trust became a major trauma centre.

The Trust became a Foundation Trust in October 2011. Prior to this the Trust was called Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust (SUHT). Being a Foundation Trust means the Trust will benefit from greater managerial and financial freedom and be more accountable to local people.

UHS is a major centre for research in association with the University of Southampton and partners including the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust. UHS is also a centre of excellence for training the doctors and nurses of the future.

How we fit into the NHS structure

The Trust's services are commissioned by the local clinical commissioning groups, mainly Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group.

The Trust is regulated by Monitor, an independent organisation appointed by Parliament to authorise and oversee NHS Foundation Trusts. In accordance with general condition 6 of the NHS provider licence the Trust submits a certificate of compliance with licence conditions annually to Monitor. Copies of the certificates submitted can be downloaded on the right of this page.

Our work as a Trust is based upon the strategic direction established by the Department of Health. The Department of Health website has links to the key national documents that guide our Trust and the wider NHS.

Organisational structure

UHS is managed by the Trust Board, which consists of executive directors and non-executive directors, led by the chairman.

The Council of Governors is the collective body through which executive and non-executive directors explain and justify their actions. It works closely with the Trust Board to make sure services are meeting the needs of the local community.

The Council of Governors consists of 23 members who will gather the views of the hospital's members and give them a voice at the highest level of the organisation.

See how the Trust is structured by looking at our Trust organisational chart.

Organisations with which the Trust works in partnership

UHS works in collaboration with a multitude of other organisations across its range of services.

As the Trust is a major centre for teaching and research, close working relationships have been established with the University of Southampton, Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK.

The Trust also works closely with:

Senior staff and management board members

Short biographies and roles and responsibilities of the executive and non-executive directors of the Trust can be found on the managing the Trust page.

Details of the Council of Governors can be found via links on the Council of Governors pages.

Staff attitude survey

The results from our 2010 staff survey were published in 2011. You can also see how we compare to the national average.

Results from the 2011 staff survey were published in 2012. You can read the report in the April 2012 Trust Board papers; enclosure M.

Contact details

Find out how you can get in touch with the Trust.