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Who we are

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust primarily serves a 405,800 population in south-west Essex covering Basildon and Thurrock, together with parts of Brentwood and Castle Point.

We provide an extensive range of acute medical services at Basildon and Orsett Hospitals, plus x-ray and blood testing facilities at the St Andrew's Centre in Billericay. We also provide dermatology services across the whole of south Essex.

The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre is also part of the Trust, providing a full range of tertiary cardiothoracic services for the whole county and further afield.

In April 2004, we became one of the first ten NHS foundation trusts in the country, with a Council of Governors comprising local elected members, meaning we could work much more closely with our local community to address and deliver their needs.

Local people, patients and staff can become members of the Trust and have a say in the healthcare services we provide. We have more than 13,000 public members and 4,500 staff members.

Foundation status gives us have more control over how we spend our money and plan our services. We remain firmly part of the NHS and are subject to NHS standards, performance ratings and inspections.

We have always put a high value on training and education and in 1997 we were awarded the status of Associate Teaching Hospital by the Royal Free University College London Medical School. In 2002, the Secretary of State for Health conferred University Hospital status.

Further information can be found in our Annual Report and Accounts 

Our vision

Our vision is to be an excellent hospitals Trust, providing high quality, safe care for our community

Care and compassion are at the heart of everything we do. Our values are:

  • Patients first
  • Compassionate
  • Quality and safety driven
  •  Transparent
  •  Collaborative
  • Value for money

We aim to:

  • Deliver increasingly high quality, safe, compassionate, patient centred services
  • Work together with our patients to improve their experience and achieve the best outcome
  • Deliver care by skilled and caring staff who feel valued by the Trust in a culture of openness
  • Work with health and social care partners for the benefit of all patients
  • Provide services that are sustainable and deliver value for money.

More information can be found in our Annual Plan and Quality Account  

How the Trust is run

The Board of Directors

    • is legally responsible for the leadership and management of the Trust and our services
    • consists of a Non-Executive Chair, eight Executive Directors and seven Non-Executive Directors
    • is collectively responsible for the quality of healthcare delivery and financial performance. The Board of Directors is held to account for stewardship of public money and delivery of services, by the independent regulator of foundation trusts, Monitor and locally by the Council of Governors. The Board of Directors is held to account for quality of services by the Care Quality Commission.
    • The Trust can hold contracts in its own name and act as a corporate trustee. In the latter role it is accountable to the Charity Commission for those funds deemed to be charitable.

The Council of Governors

  • consists of elected public and staff members, and representatives appointed from local organisations. Our Council of Governors has 50 members
  • helps shape the direction, vision and values of the Trust
  • holds the Board of Directors to account and appoints (and can remove) the Chair and Non-Executive Directors.


  • elect the Governors, and act as the community 'ownership' of the Trust.
  • may be anyone aged 12 and over (minimum age to serve as a Governor is 16). 

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Contact us

  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Nethermayne, Basildon
    Essex  SS16 5NL
    Switchboard: 01268 524900

  • The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre
    Nethermayne, Basildon
    Essex SS16 5NL
    Switchboard: 01268 524900

How to find us

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We are a smoke-free Trust

Smoking is not allowed in any hospital building or grounds.

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