About us

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) is an integral part of the health and care system in Hertfordshire, West Essex and parts of East of England. We are one of the principal providers of community-based healthcare services to more than 1.2 million people living in Hertfordshire and beyond. Some of our services also extend into the neighbouring areas of Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

HCT is rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission.

We support people at every stage of their lives, from health visiting, school nursing and specialist dental or speech services to community nursing rehabilitation and palliative care.

Key facts about what we do

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Every day over 2,400 staff deliver a wide range of high quality health services to people in their homes, in local clinics, in schools and in our community hospitals. The graphic above highlights some key facts about us and what we do.

Vision and values

Our vision

Patients, their families, and carers are at the heart of what we do. Our vision is all about providing outsanding services and improving the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve. 

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Our values

These three values underpin the work we do each day:

  • Innovative - we seek new ideas and adopt best practice to improve our services
  • Caring - we show kindness and consideration for each other     
  • Agile - we deal with new situations quickly and successfully

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Read more about this in our Organisational Strategy

Strategic objectives

We have four strategic objectives:

Outstanding quality and performance

We will strive to achieve an Outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission through driving our approach to continuous quality improvement (CQI) across the organisation and by supporting staff to provide the best possible care to patients. We will also ensure we meet all of our contractual obligations for our commissioners.

Joined-up local care

We will strive to jointly lead the emerging Integrated Care Partnership for east and north Hertfordshire. This means working closely with partners, such as GPs in primary care networks, to improve community services in the area, collaborate with partners to redesign services and integrate clinical pathways for the benefit of our patients.

Great place to work

We will strive to make HCT a great place to work by having:

  • An innovative, caring and agile set of values
  • Through having a strong employee offer to our staff
  • Through a commitment to ongoing professional development
  • By ensuring we have inclusive, supportive and pleasant working environments

Best value through innovation

One of our top priorities is to ensure the best possible value for the public purse. This  means ensuring:

  • Our corporate teams are as efficient as possible
  • That we harness modern processes, systems and technologies to enable our staff to their best
  • That we invest in innovation to drive our ambition to be an outstanding provider of services

Our services for adults

Adult community services

In East and North Hertfordshire, our Locality Integrated Care Teams (ICTs) deliver nursing and therapy services in Lower Lea Valley, North Hertfordshire, Stevenage, Stort Valley & Villages, Upper Lea Valley and Welwyn Hatfield.

Adult specialist services

Specialist services we provide include acute therapies, bladder and bowel services, cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation, heart failure, diabetes, diabetic retinal screening, lymphoedema, nutrition and dietetics, MSK, podiatry, respiratory, pulmonary rehabilitation, skin health, speech and language therapy, tissue viability, leg ulcer and neurological rehabilitation. 

Community hospitals

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Our community hospitals are: Oxford and Cambridge wards at the Herts and Essex Hospital in Bishop's Stortford, and Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Welwyn.

We also run the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at the Herts and Essex Hospital in Bishop's Stortford.

Our services for children

Children's universal services

We provide a range of services for children and young people including health visiting and school nursing, child health information, looked after children and safeguarding children.

Children's specialist services

These services include audiology, children's community nursing, paediatrics, children's continuing care, dental and optical services and specialist school nursing, Step2 (early intervention child and adolescent mental health service for children and young people aged 0-19) and PALMS (Positive behaviour, Autism, Learning disability and Mental health Service).

Children's therapies

We provide occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy for children.

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