Our Strategy and Ambitions

Our purpose is to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients, children and communities, and our Strategy sets the future direction of our Trust to further improve on the high quality health and wellbeing service we provide.

Our Trust’s Strategy – providing the best possible healthcare

The aim of our Strategy is to establish shared understanding and clarity for our workforce, Board of Directors and partners about Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust’s (HDFT) purpose, ambitions and priorities.

Our Strategy provides a framework to align our endeavours and mobilise our resources and workforce. It is for everyone in the Trust, in every role and every function. It will drive what we do as a Trust, as Directorates, Services and individually. The Trust does not operate in isolation. We are part of a large and complex health and care system and we will only be successful if we work in collaboration and partnership.

Our strategy must align with and support delivery of the national and system strategies, and complement those of our partners.

The Trust exists to serve two groups: the patients who we care for in our hospitals and community services in Harrogate and District, and wider North Yorkshire; and the children and young people who we support through our Children’s Public Health Services across large parts of the North East and Yorkshire. Our Strategy makes it clear that our patients and children always come first.

As well as caring for patients when they are unwell, we can also help improve people’s health and contribute to the wellbeing of our communities through our services and how we use our resources.

To do this our ambitions are to:

These are supported by three enabling ambitions:

Our Strategy guides our decision making about today’s priorities, ensuring they support our purpose and long term ambitions. Annually, we will set clear, specific priorities and objectives for each ambition and goal, and track their delivery.

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Everything we do at HDFT is focussed on the patients and children we serve.

We exist to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients, children and communities by:

Because healthcare is provided by people for people, we want to be the best place to work:

To support our people we will:

We will be an organisation where everyone demonstrates our values of KITE (Kindness, Integrity, Teamwork and Equality), to care for the patients and children, who are the focus of everything we do.

Read HDFT’s Trust Strategy here