Working with our partners


Formal partnership with North Middlesex University Hospitals Trust (NMUH) 

The Royal Free London has formed a partnership with North Middlesex University Hospitals NHS Trust (NMUH). The partnership will bring better care for Enfield and Haringey residents and more opportunities for our staff.  

The partnership will both generate savings from better efficiency and also improve existing – and create new – services for local people. We anticipate a number of benefits including reduced waiting times and more specialist care locally, as well as improved training and career opportunities and development for staff. 

Collaborations between our trusts have already been strengthened during the pandemic, helping our hospitals to respond to demand and maintain services like surgery and cancer care. Over the coming years, our partnership with NMUH could make a significant difference to the health and wellbeing of residents in Enfield and Haringey.  

The partnership board will combine non-executive directors from both trusts to oversee the strategic leadership of the partnership on behalf of the two trust’s boards. 

The partnership executive is made up of senior directors from each trust to deliver the partnership’s strategy. It will meet monthly and report to the partnership board and reports from the meeting will be uploaded to this section.

The partnership executive is made up of senior directors from each trust to deliver the partnership’s strategy. It will meet monthly and report to the partnership board, which will combine non-executive directors from both trusts to oversee the strategic leadership of the partnership on behalf of the two trust’s boards. 

Caroline Clarke, Royal Free London group chief executive, will be the accountable officer for both trusts. Both trusts remain statutory, independent, NHS organisations with their own boards. Dr Nnenna Osuji has been appointed as the new chief executive of NMUH and will be joining in the summer of 2021.


Clinical partnership with West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust 

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust are clinical partners as part of the Royal Free London group.

Clinicians at both trusts have already been working on a wide range of projects to improve patient care. West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust continues to be a standalone organisation with its own board and leadership team.


Formal partnership with Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) 

The RNOH and the RFL have agreed a formal partnership to work together with a particular focus on practical collaboration at Chase Farm Hospital and Stanmore Hospital, to improve services for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. 


North Central London (NCL) provider alliance 

The RFL, with 10 other provider NHS trusts which cover acute care, specialist care, community services and mental health have agreed to form a single provider alliance for NCL. 

Building on the joint working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the group’s work will initially focus on NCL’s recovery from the pandemic, health and wellbeing of staff and COVID-19 research and development.