About us

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust is an integrated organisation providing acute health care services from Torbay Hospital, community health services and adult social care.

The Trust runs Torbay Hospital as well as nine community hospitals, stretching from Dawlish to Dartmouth. We also provide health and social care to the local population.

We have around 500,000 face-to-face contacts with patients in their homes and communities each year and see over 78,000 people in our A&E department annually. We serve a resident population of approximately 375,000 people, plus about 100,000 visitors at any one time during the summer holiday season.

We employ approximately 6,000 staff including frontline health and social care staff, such as nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, consultants, and physiotherapists who work in your home and from a range of different premises across Torbay and south Devon such as community hospitals and clinics. We also have over 800 volunteers who make a difference each and every day to the people we care for.

Our purpose is to provide safe, high-quality care and social care at the right time and in the right place to support the people of Torbay and South Devon to live their lives to the full. This means that as an organisation we want people to:

  • Be empowered to manage their own health and care needs
  • Work in partnership with professionals
  • Only tell us their story once
  • Access seamless care easily
  • Have care in or close to home, whenever appropriate
  • Work together as a community to look after health and care needs.

We receive the majority of income from our commissioners, South Devon and Torbay NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, who receive an allocation of NHS money from the government each year and decide on the healthcare priorities for the local population. The responsibility for the adult social care budget is delegated to us via Torbay Council, and we have a memorandum of understanding with Devon County Council to run social care services in a joined up way.

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust has a budget of around £370m for 2015/16.

The Trust is well supported by the League of Friends in Torbay Hospital and those of our nine community hospitals. They work tirelessly to raise vital funds to support the work we do and help improve our services.

We have been an authorised NHS Foundation Trust since 2007 and have over 12,000 public members and 6,000 staff members. To become a member please visit our membership pages.

History of the Trust

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 October 2015, when South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust that ran Torbay Hospital merged with Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust, the Trust that provided community health and social care services.

Both organisations have a history of working closely together but prior to this each organisation had its own history.

Torbay Hospital dates back to 1928, when it was built on the edge of Torbay. Known previously as South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, it was one of the first NHS Trusts (established in 1991) and was authorised as one of the early NHS Foundation Trusts in 2007, and has a large public membership. In 2011 the organisation won organisation of the year with the Health Service Journal (HSJ).

Prior to merging with the Hospital, Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust ran community health services in Torbay and South Devon and was one of just five integrated health and social care organisations in the country, when it started back in 2005 as Torbay Care Trust. The Trust built its model of care around a fictional character called Mrs Smith by creating integrated health and adult social care services.

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