How we fit into the NHS structure

The Trust provides community services, mental health services, specialist services and services for children and families. We employ approximately 4,000 staff and serve a population of nearly 500,000 people across the Cumbria.

The Trust's vision is people in our communities living happier, healthier and more hopeful lives. For more information, please read our About Us document.

We work with a range of agencies to provide high quality care to the people of Cumbria which includes GPs, Cumbria County Council, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group and various other public sector and voluntary organisations.

Being a Foundation Trust

The Trust was authorised as a Foundation Trust by Monitor, the regulating body for health services in England, on the 1st October 2007. The terms of authorisation can be found on the Monitor website.

As a Foundation Trust we are still part of the NHS but have more freedom to decide how we deliver services locally. We’re also accountable to the local community through our members and governors. Members and governors can be our own staff, people who use our services, their families and carers or members of the public.

The Trust Governance Manual

Organisational structure

As a Foundation Trust, the Board of Directors are not required to meet in public. However, our Board of Directors meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend them.

The Board of Directors work closely with our Governor’s Council, whose meetings are open to members only.

Events calendar

Board of Directors and senior staff

Our organisational structure and chart can be found here.

Meet the Board

Contact details of all public-facing departments

The contact details for our services are available in the services section of the website.