Bolton NHS Foundation Trust became an integrated care organisation on 1st July 2011. We deliver patient care from Royal Bolton Hospital and in the community at health centres and clinics as well as providing services such as district and school nursing.

Some key facts

The Trust serves the population of Bolton (around 263,000) and many patients choose to
come here from other locations
Royal Bolton Hospital is one of the busiest hospitals in the North-West for emergency
RBH delivered 4,700 babies at Princess Anne Maternity Unit during 2010/11
It has 622 inpatient beds, 36 day case beds and 15 endoscopy (gastrointestinal exploration) beds
The Trust has a turnover of around £265 million
It employs around 5,300 staff - we expect this to rise to around 5,700 when the "Making It
Better" project is complete

Mental health services are provided at the Royal Bolton Hospital but are managed by Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. Renal Dialysis is provided and managed by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust at a dedicated unit at Royal Bolton Hospital.

The Trust's Vision

Our vision is to develop the organisation and aim to match the best integrated care organisations internationally for the quality and efficiency of our services by 2016.

Our renewed focus will give us three fundamental aims:-

Best care for better health (for our patients and our community)
Responsible use of resources (for the taxpayer)
Valued, respected and proud (by our staff, patients and public)

Our strategic direction will be to address and design:-

Meeting the health needs of our population
Improving the safety and quality of care
Improving the patients experience
Making our services more efficient

Making it Better

In 2011, The Royal Bolton Hospital became a regional 'supercentre' for the care of women, children and babies with a £20 million investment in services. We are expanding and improving our facilities to create a centre of excellence in maternity, paediatric and neonatal care. Work includes an improved maternity unit, a new children's ward and a new neonatal critical care unit. We are also investing in around 400 extra members of staff to provide the very best care for our patients.

Bolton Improving Care System

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust is a leader in the application of lean principles in health care, through the development of our own Bolton Improving Care System (BICS). This is a way of reducing wasteful processes in the system (e.g. duplication, errors and work-round solutions) to ensure we provide safe and high quality services that our patients value, whilst reducing frustrations and enhancing job satisfaction for our staff. We have achieved some spectacular improvements for patients and staff.


Our departments and staff hold a wide range of awards and achievements. These include:

Excellence in HRM Award 2011 - Healthcare People Management Association
Clinical Leader of the Year 2011 - British Medical Journal Group Awards
Nurse of the Year 2011 - Nursing Standards Awards
North West Clinical Leader of the Year - NHS North West Awards
Best Process Improvement Project in Service & Transaction 2011 - National Process
Excellence Awards
Hospital Catering Award 2010 - Health Business Awards
Diamond Care Award for Best Care - NHS Bolton
Patient Safety in Surgery - National Patient Safety Awards 2011
Apprentice of the Year 2011- NHS North West
Working in Partnership to Narrow the Gap in Health Inequalities - Community Empowerment Awards 2011

The latest Annual Report can be viewed by clicking here.

Our most recent CQC report can be viewed by clicking here.

The organisation has six directorates:

Nursing, Patient Safety & Experience
Finance & Performance
Workforce & Organisation Development
Strategy & Improvement
Assurance & Public Engagement

There are three divisions:

Acute Adult Care
Elective Care
Family Care

The current executive team consists of: