What we do
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a centre of excellence in clinical practice, training and innovation in mental health, emotional wellbeing, and gender identity. It has pioneered the theories, trainings and interventions behind many community-based approaches to improving mental health.
Our approach seeks a deep understanding of people’s experiences and relationships, encourages reflection, focuses on strengths and builds hope. Our educators are also clinicians as well as specialists in training and supervising others to manage complexity in health care practice and in organisational life.
Our expertise extends to workplace wellbeing and contemporary workforce policy and practice and is at the heart of the NHS’s ambitions for a more integrated and multidisciplinary approach to meeting the needs of the people we serve.
We have a clear commitment to being an anti-racist organisation. We are hardwiring building diversity, inclusion and equity into everything we do.
We work innovatively across the boundary between mental and physical health. Our local interventions and partnerships are recognised as best practice in relational work. In working with other agencies to manage complexity, our interventions minimise the risk of harm and mental health crisis, avoid breakdowns in care placements, and reduce burdens in other parts of the system.
Foundation trusts are part of the NHS and provide over half of all NHS hospital and mental health services. They are not-for-profit, public benefit corporations. Foundation trusts are different from NHS trusts because:
- they are not directed by Government, so have greater freedom to decide their own strategy and the way services are run
- they can retain surplus and borrow money to invest in new and improved services for patients
- they are accountable to their local communities through members and Governors, to their commissioners through their contracts, and to Parliament and Monitor, the regulator of foundation trusts
- anyone can become a member of a foundation trust, and these members elect the Council of Governors, who play a key role in decision-making
As a foundation trust we are:
- providing some of the best care in the country: our patient services have been rated “excellent” five years in a row
- managing our money well: we have a good financial rating from Monitor
- making quicker and smarter decisions which directly benefit patients
- involving patients and the public in creating and improving services, both within the Trust and in the local health community
- building great relationships with our staff: thinking creatively about how to help them give their best and reward them for it
Each NHS foundation trust has its own constitution, which sets out the purpose and powers, and governance arrangements of each organisation.
Our constitution includes information on who can be a member and how you join; how many Governors we can have and how they are elected; how many Directors we can have and how they are appointed; and other rules about preparing annual reports and having auditors.
We are also bound by the NHS Constitution, which contains the values and principles of the NHS, its commitment to patients and the public, and its commitment to staff.