About us

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust was formed in November 2014 following the integration of University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust and Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. We have two hospitals, Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital, and we are very proud of both.

We are a large, modern Trust in Staffordshire, providing services in state of the art facilities. We provide a full range of general hospital services for approximately 900,000 people locally in Staffordshire, South Cheshire and Shropshire. We employ around 12,300 people (11,000 WTE) and we provide specialised services for a population of 3m, including neighbouring counties and North Wales.

We are one of the largest hospitals in the West Midlands and have one of the busiest Emergency Departments in the country, with an average of nearly 15,000 patients attending each month across both of our sites. Many emergency patients are brought to us from a wide area by both helicopter and land ambulance because of our Major Trauma Centre status; as we are the specialist centre for the North Midlands and North Wales.

As a University Hospital, we work very closely with our partners at Keele and Staffordshire University and we are particularly proud of our Medical School, which has an excellent reputation. We also have strong links with local schools and colleges. As a major teaching Trust, we hold a large portfolio of commercial research, which provides us with a source of income. Our research profile also enables us to attract and retain high quality staff.

Our specialised services include cancer diagnosis and treatment, cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, renal and dialysis services, neonatal intensive care, paediatric intensive care, trauma, respiratory conditions, spinal surgery, upper gastro-intestinal surgery, complex orthopaedic surgery and laparoscopic surgery.

We have a range of formal and informal mechanisms in place to facilitate effective working with key partners across the local economy. These include participation in partnership boards which bring together health, social care, independent and voluntary sector organisations across Staffordshire.

We help drive improvements across the wider health and care economy, through our leadership roles in the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care System.

We look to involve our service users in everything we do, from providing feedback about the services we provide, to helping shape our priorities. This work is co-ordinated by our Patient Experience Team.

Organisational Structure

The Trust Board is responsible for the Trust and holds monthly Board meetings held in public. Divisions reporting to the Executive team are:

Each clinical division has a divisional board, which includes a Clinical Chair (Divisional Medical Director), Clinical Directors, Divisional Nurse Director and Divisional Operations Director, along with other representatives.​​​

View the Executive Departments Organisation Chart

Our Values and Promises

At UHNM we have created a unique set of values and promises which were developed by staff, patients and carers. Our values are: Together, Compassion, Safe and Improving.

Why do we need values?

97% of the UK’s greatest places to work have organisational values. They put their values at the heart of everything they do and they believe their success is due to their values

  • What makes UHNM unique? What is important at UHNM? Our own organisational values describe this.
  • When we welcome employees to the UHNM we want people who also ‘live our values’. We can always train them in skills.
  • Our values and promises influence how the staff here at UHNM act; we will feel it and our patients will feel it.
  • We need to be recruiting people against our values and need to be holding people to account.
  • They inspire people into action. People take positive action because they aspire to live up to our values and feel safe and empowered to innovate as a result.
  • We are striving to achieve our Vision – how we do this successfully will be by living our values
  • Simply put, they shape our organisational culture, if we love them, then we will live them!


  • We are a Team – I will be considerate, help others to achieve our goals and support others to make positive changes
  • We are Appreciative – I will acknowledge and thank people for their efforts and contributions
  • We are Inclusive – I will be open and honest, welcome people’s views and opinions and involve people in decisions that affect them


  • We are Supportive – I will be empathetic and reassuring. I will support and encourage people when they need it
  • We are Respectful – I will treat people fairly, with respect and dignity, protect their privacy and help them to feel comfortable
  • We are Friendly – I will be welcoming and approachable. I will make eye contact, say hello and introduce myself


  • We Communicate Well – I will explain clearly, share relevant and timely information and keep people updated
  • We are Organised – I will plan ahead, manage my time well and be prompt in what I do
  • We Speak Up – I will contribute to ensuring healthy and constructive feedback for all so we can feel safe to challenge inappropriate care and behaviour and promote our values


  • We Listen – I will welcome people’s views and ideas, invite people to ask questions and share their opinions and respond to what I hear
  • We Learn – I will share best practice, celebrate good performance and support others to use their skills, learn and grow
  • We Take Responsibility – I will have a positive attitude, act and encourage people to take the initiative and make improvements

Our values

Our 2025 Vision

Our goal is to be a world-class centre of clinical and academic achievement, where staff work together to ensure patients receive the highest standards of care and the best people want to come to learn, work and research. We have created a vision document that sets out our vision for the future and our plans to become a successful, competitive partner in the healthcare economy.

2025Vision (which is currently being updated) has been set in the context of national and international trends in demography, technology and globalisation as well as being firmly rooted in the plans of the local health community in North and South Staffordshire.

It is closely aligned with the NHS health plans, which will move care closer to people’s homes, increase patient choice and develop regional models for specialist services. Over the last year we have worked with our key stakeholders to ensure our vision for the future is fully supported by NHS partner organisations. To achieve 2025Vision we will be challenged to respond with care and insight to the emerging market for healthcare provision in the UK. At the same time, staying true to our values during a period of rapid reform will be critical to our success.

Achieving organisational and cultural change will also be necessary if we are to be a serious contributor to healthcare innovation globally. In order to invest in tomorrow we must increase our income and minimise our costs today and we will need leadership inside and outside the Trust that understands this imperative. We will also be reliant on the help of others and must be open to working in partnership with outside organisations as well as engaged in a constructive relationship with staff, patients and the public.

View Our Vision 2025 in full (PDF)

Our Strategic Priorities and Objectives

High Quality, Responsive, People, Improving & Innovating, System & Partners, Resources