Working with our partners

Delivering the highest quality healthcare services to our local population requires working in partnership with primary, secondary, social care and academic partners. We are proud of our strong clinical and academic partnerships. They allow us to operate effectively within clinical networks, providing clinical, financial and reputational benefits.  

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust has a five-year plan to develop and work in partnership arrangements, delivering further improvements to the NHS services we provide to our patients. We also work with local clinical commissioning groups, who plan, buy and monitor NHS services for the Royal Free.

Working in partnership – our five-year plan

Our five-year plan requires working in partnership in specific areas:

  • Being a partner within UCL Partners is fundamental to achieving our vision to be world class in terms of service, research and teaching excellence. UCL Partners is a collaborative effort aimed at improving health and medical care through the rapid implementing of world class research and innovation into health benefits for our patients.
  • To make the necessary savings and increase productivity requires all stakeholders working in partnership. We have already begun to share some "back office" services with the Whittington Hospital and there are plans to extend the principle with others within UCL Partners.
  • Delivery of integrated care will not be possible without determined focus on the continual development of strong and effective partnerships right across the NHS, particularly with local GPs and commissioners (see below).
  • Developing our role as a surgical hub for complex work and medical procedures, improving the quality of care for our patients, will rely on effective clinical networks.
  • Working in partnership with our staff is crucial to all our plans.

Working in partnership with clinical commissioning groups

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are our partners responsible for planning, buying and monitoring a number of our services. All GP practices have to be members of their local CCG, and every CCG board includes at least one hospital doctor, nurse and member of the public.

CCGs are generally responsible for commissioning healthcare services that meet all of the reasonable requirements of patient care, with the exception of:

  • certain services commissioned directly by NHS England
  • health improvement services commissioned by local authorities
  • health protection and promotion services provided by Public Health England.

Royal Free services commissioned by CCGs

CCGs plan, buy and monitor the following healthcare services from the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust:

  • Urgent and emergency care (including A&E, ambulance services, and NHS 111)
  • Elective hospital care
  • Maternity services and newborn services (excluding neonatal intensive care)
  • Children’s healthcare services (mental and physical health)
  • Mental health services (including psychological therapies)
  • Infertility services