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Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Children's Trust is an NHS hospital trust mainly providing healthcare for children in Sheffield and the surrounding area of South Yorkshire. A third of patients come from the outside Sheffield, from all parts of the country, but especially from Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.[1]

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Created1 November 1991 (1 November 1991)
HeadquartersSheffield Children's Hospital, Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, England
Region servedSouth Yorkshire
TypeNHS hospital trust
Budget£70 million
ChairSarah Jones
Chief executiveJohn Somers
Number of employees3200

It has a turnover of £70 million a year, and over a year sees 140,000 Outpatients, 20,000 Inpatients/day cases, 43,426 Accident & Emergency attendances, 12,670 Mental Health assessments and attendances and 28,874 Therapy assessments and attendances.[1] The Trust employs around 3,200 people and also provides clinical education for medical students from the University of Sheffield and for nurses from Sheffield Hallam University.

Although the trust itself was only formed on 1 November 1991 when operation was transferred from the now-dissolved Sheffield Health Authority, it runs the Sheffield Children's Hospital which has been providing care for the children and families of Sheffield and surrounding areas for over 125 years. It is one of only four specialist NHS Trusts in England providing care exclusively to children and young people, and has many other sites in the city. The Trust's charity, Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity, helps to raise funds to support and enhance the services at the Trust. The charity's patrons include Michael Palin and England Cricketer Michael Vaughan (his wife, Nichola Shannon, works as a management accountant for the Sheffield Children's Trust).



Four-hour target in the emergency department quarterly figures from NHS England Data from

In 2014 the trust was the joint best in England on the target of seeing 95% of people who attend accident and emergency departments within four hours. It achieved 97.9%. The trust put on extra consultant ward rounds at the weekend and employed extra nursing staff. A short stay unit was opened for children who needed observation for more than four hours. Senior consultants were in the emergency department from 8am to midnight.[2]

It was named by the Health Service Journal as one of the top hundred NHS trusts to work for in 2015. At that time it had 2456 full-time equivalent staff and a sickness absence rate of 4.5%. 84% of staff recommend it as a place for treatment and 68% recommended it as a place to work.[3]


The trust installed a new 3T MRI machine in 2016. It is much quieter than earlier designs and can be used while an operation is in process. It was financed by the Children's Hospital Charity.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Facts and Figures". Sheffield Children's Trust Website. Archived from the original on 31 December 2006. Retrieved 20 November 2006.
  2. ^ "Hit or miss: Lessons from the best and worst A&E performers". Health Service Journal. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  3. ^ "HSJ reveals the best places to work in 2015". Health Service Journal. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  4. ^ "'Sea-change' for brain tumour treatment as Yorkshire hospital welcomes revolutionary MRI scanner". Yorkshire Post. 23 January 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2016.

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