Hertfordshire NHS Trust Granted University Trust Status

Thursday 24 January 2013 marked the start of a new era to mental health and learning disability provision across Hertfordshire with the University granting University Trust status to Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) – making it only the third mental health organisation in the country to be awarded this prestigious status.

Professor Quintin McKellar (left), Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire, and Tom Cahill (right), Chief Excutive at HPFT, signing the University Trust agreement

Professor Quintin McKellar (left), Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire, and Tom Cahill (right), Chief Excutive at HPFT, signing the University Trust agreement

The University is a leading provider of mental health and learning disability education programmes and also delivers specialist short courses for trust health and social care staff.

The University and HPFT already enjoy an excellent collaborative relationship – focusing on a number of academic disciplines and also research. Working together as a University NHS Trust will allow them to better able to support staff, students, users and carers and the community as a whole.