Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) provides community, mental health and learning disability services in Cambridgeshire, England, and specialist services across the east of England and nationally. It became a Foundation Trust in June 2008. It is split into three areas of work:

  • Older people's and adult community services
  • Adult and specialist mental health
  • Children, young people and families

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Region servedCambridgeshire
ChairJulie Spence
Chief executiveTracy Dowling

The Trust supports around 100,000 people each year and employs more than 4,000 staff. Its largest bases are at the Cavell Centre, Peterborough, and Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge, but its staff are based in over 90 locations.

In 2010 80 of the Trust's patients were in private beds, mostly out of the area. The trust began to use an intensive three day assessment period, and invested more in supporting people in their own homes in order to avoid the need for admission.[1]

The Trust was part of the UnitingCare Partnership with Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group announced in September 2014 that the partnership was the preferred bidder for a pioneering £800 million contract to deliver older people’s services in Cambridgeshire with effect from April 2015. The plan was for a single lead provider which will be responsible for older people’s healthcare services and adult community health services, ensuring that care is more joined up than it has been, with a focus on improving the patient experience.[2] In April 2015 the trust took on 1,360 staff formerly employed by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust following the success of the Partnership's bid.[3]

In an article in National Health Executive magazine on 15 September 2016, CPFT CEO Aidan Thomas is reported to have told the Public Accounts Committee: "We bid as low as we thought we could reasonably do," ...."There was pressure in the system at the time to get the whole thing going," he said. "There was a need for the economy to deal with its financial problems and this contract, if it had been allowed to work, should have dealt with some of that."[4]

In 2018 it sold the Ida Darwin unit in Cambridge, and the Gloucester Centre in Peterborough to Homes England for £20 million. [5]

See also


  1. "More NHS mental health patients treated privately". BBC News. 18 April 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  2. "CCG appoints NHS-led consortium for £800m flagship contract". Health Service Journal. 1 October 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  3. "Community service trust completes 1,600 staff transfer". Health Service Journal. 24 April 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  4. "Lessons must be learned on UnitingCare, but more deals can go ahead – Stevens". National Health Executive. 15 September 2016.
  5. "Trust sells two sites to housing quango in £20m deal". Health Service Journal. 9 May 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
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