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.
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.