Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is responsible for providing hospital services for the people of Bradford and communities across Yorkshire. We serve a core population of around 500,000 people and provide specialist services for some 1.1 million.

Our 5,500 staff work over several sites, including Bradford Royal Infirmary, which provides the majority of inpatient services, and St Luke’s Hospital, which predominantly provides outpatient and rehabilitation services. We also manage local community hospitals at Eccleshill, Westwood Park, Westbourne Green, and Shipley.

In 2019, we became the first healthcare organisation in Europe to implement a Command Centre to transform patient flow in our hospitals; opened new £3m flagship research centre – the Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research; started a two-year programme with Airedale NHS Foundation Trust to make our services more integrated for patients and easier for our staff to deliver; completed the £1.8m transformation of our Women’s and Newborn Unit; and launched our Education Plan to support our vision to become an outstanding provider of training and education.

And our staff continued to win national and regional awards for their ground-breaking work too, including a HSJ award for our Ambulatory Care Experience (ACE) service; a King’s Fund award for our Emergency Department team’s work on improving the care of deteriorating patients; and a Public Health Research award for our Head Orthoptist, Alison Bruce.

A new £28m wing opened at Bradford Royal Infirmary recently too, part of a £75m investment to improve patient care across our hospitals over a five-year period. It provides world-class facilities for elderly care, children’s services, a state-of-the-art intensive care unit with increased single-room provision and a retail concourse.

Ambitious vision

In 2017, we also completed a £2m refurbishment of our Accident and Emergency Department as part of an ambitious vision to create a more efficient acute medicine service for the people of Bradford. It has been designed to provide a slicker and more efficient service, with faster senior clinical involvement at an early stage in the patient pathway.

As a teaching hospital, we are at the forefront of education and development in healthcare, and have an excellent reputation for research performance. We are one of the leading centres in conducting applied research in the country, particularly in quality and safety, elderly care and rehabilitation.

The Trust is home to the Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR) where researchers have led the development, validation and implementation of the award-winning Bradford Electronic Frailty Index (eFI) which helps calculate an elderly person’s risk of disability, impairment, falls and complications of chronic diseases, as well as their diminishing independence and capability. This is now being used by 98% of all GPs across the country.

Our award-winning Ophthalmology Department is home to numerous worldwide clinical trials taking the lead in eye care research and we are one of only three sites in the United Kingdom to be enlisted in the Perioperative Enhanced Recovery Hip Fracture Care of Patients with Dementia (PERFECTED) study, which will investigate how the NHS can introduce better standards of care to improve outcomes for people with dementia.

The Trust provides one of the main NHS settings for students from the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds
The Trust provides one of the main NHS settings for students from the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds

Key information:

  • Working with our partners

    One of our key strategic objectives is to ‘collaborate effectively with local and regional partners’. We are committed to doing this at a number of levels, both in Bradford and across the West Yorkshire and Harrogate region.

    The aim is that working together in this way will improve the care provided to patients and improve the health of people in Bradford and across West Yorkshire.

    Read more about how we work with our partners.

  • Freedom of Information and Requests for Records

    The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) gives the public a general right of access to all types of recorded non-personal information held by public authorities, including the NHS. The Act sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on public authorities. We will deal with all requests in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act Code of Practice.

    Information about yourself, known as ‘personal data’, is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. It is the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR) which gives you the right to see the personal information that we hold about you. Requests for personal data, including medical records can be made by contacting the Access to Records Team.

    Read more…

  • Our Green Plan

    It is the Trust’s vision to be an outstanding provider of healthcare, research and education, and a great place to work. But we can only achieve this through balancing the three pillars of sustainability: our financial, social and environmental commitments.

    Consequently, the Trust has produced a Green Plan to achieve a range of core sustainability-related objectives.

  • Our Foundation Trust membership

    Being a member of an NHS Foundation Trust means that you can have a real say, through your elected representatives (Governors), in shaping future services and strategic planning.

    You decide how involved you want to be – you may simply want to receive a newsletter about the Trust’s activities or you may want to stand for election to the Council of Governors, which works with the Board of Directors.

    Read more about becoming a member of our Foundation Trust.

    Membership Plan 2019/20

  • Media enquiries

    The Trust is committed to working with the media to ensure that our services and activities are accurately represented to wider audiences.

    Media enquiries between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, should be addressed to our Communications Department. Call 01274 382265/383901.

    All media enquiries and requests for filming should be sent to: communications@bthft.nhs.uk

    During out-of-hours (weekends, bank holidays and evenings) the on-call general manager should be contacted via the switchboard on 01274 542200.

    Contact address
    Communications Department
    Trust Headquarters
    Chestnut House
    Bradford Royal Infirmary
    Duckworth Lane
    West Yorkshire
    BD9 6RJ

  • Volunteer at Bradford Teaching Hospitals

    Volunteering at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

    Volunteers are a vital part of the team at Bradford Teaching Hospitals, working across all of our sites. Our volunteers help us to achieve so much more – we simply could not operate as well as we do without them.

    There are currently more than 500 people who give their time freely to help patients, staff and visitors. On average, each volunteer donates four hours of their time each week – a total of 104,400 hours each year!

    We welcome volunteers from all abilities, backgrounds, cultures and beliefs. Volunteers provide an invaluable service through a variety of support services and activities and make a huge difference to the care that our patients receive.

    Find out more about volunteering at our hospitals.

  • Project SEARCH Bradford

    Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is very proud to be the employment partner for Project SEARCH Bradford. Project SEARCH provides young people with learning difficulties the opportunity to gain work experience to increase their chance of securing meaningful paid employment.

    Since the first programme was launched at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 1996, the Project SEARCH model has expanded to more than 300 sites across the United States and the rest of the world.

    Bradford Project SEARCH is an annual programme. It provides three internships which offer students continual feedback on their performance and areas for learning and improvement.

    Read more…

  • Social media

    You can interact with Bradford Teaching Hospitals and various departments and services throughout the Trust on social media.

    Our main accounts include:

    Read more here..

  • Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements)

  • NHS Provider Licence

    Trust Board self-certification – General Condition 6 (3), Continuity of Services Condition 7 and Foundation Trust condition 4 NHS Provider Licence compliance

    The Trust Board is required by its regulator NHS Improvement to self-certify whether or not it has complied with General Condition 6 and Continuity of Services Condition 7 and Foundation Trust Condition 4 of the NHS Provider Licence. The Trust Board approved the self-certification for 2020/21 at its meeting on 20 May 2021 following a review of the evidence cited. The self-certification can be accessed here.  The information the Board took into account as part of the self-certification can be accessed via the agenda and report for the Board meeting May 2021. The Board considered the self-certification with regard to condition FT4 on 10 June 2021. And this can be accessed here.