Local Services, Local Solutions


About Us

South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT) provide community health, mental health and learning disability services for a population of approx 2.5 million people throughout Bedfordshire, Essex and Luton.

Growing to one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the country we are proud to have kept our patients at the very heart of all that we do, delivering safe, high quality services within the NHS.

Our vision is to provide services that are in tune with you 

The vision is backed up by the values we operate under:

  • kind
  • positive
  • respectful
  • welcoming
  • involving
  • accountable

Our services include:

Mental Health Services – we provide treatment and support to young people, adults and older people experiencing mental illness. Including treatment, in secure and specialised settings.

Community Health Services – our diverse range of community health services provide support and treatment to both adults and children. We deliver this care in community hospitals, health centres, GP surgeries and in our patients’ homes.

Learning Disabilities Services – we provide crisis support and inpatient services and our community learning disability teams work in partnership with local councils to provide assessment and support for adults with learning disabilities.

As part of our a commitment to driving up quality in services for people with learning disabilities we are proud to say that we have signed up to the Driving Up Quality Code. Our self -assessment contains the full details of our commitment.

Social Care – We provide personalised social care support to people with a range of needs, including people with learning disabilities or mental illness, supporting people to live independently.

Find out more about the services we offer in our service directory.

Involving local people

SEPT is a Foundation Trust. This means that local people have greater involvement in the way we develop and run our services. It also gives us more flexibility in the way we can manage and invest our finances, allowing us to be more responsive to the needs of local communities.

Want to have your say? Find out more about becoming a member. You can be involved as little or as much as you like.

How we got to where we are today

2012 – In partnership with SERCo, we took over responsibility for delivering NHS services in Suffolk under the name of SCH – Suffolk Community Healthcare. SEPT staff provide Podiatry, Children’s Services and Speech and Language Therapy. This agreement is one of the first in the country between a service led organisation such as SERCo and a leading NHS provider.

2010 – We achieved seven award category wins in the Healthcare 100 and moved up from last year’s eighth ranking to take first place and also the enviable accolade of Top NHS Healthcare Employer. SEPT was also voted Top Mental Health Trust in the Healthcare 100 survey that names the top 100 healthcare providers to work for in the UK. SEPT was also runner up in the Top Healthcare Employer for Nurses and Midwives and Commitment to Clear Roles and Responsibilities and Jobs That Make A Difference.

2010– Took over the management of mental health and learning disability services for the people of Bedfordshire and Luton.

2010 – Acquired Community Health Services in Bedfordshire, South East Essex and West Essex.

2009 – Awarded the top score of ‘excellent’ in both the categories: ‘quality of services’ & ‘use of resources’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – the only mental health trust in the country to achieve this high level of quality for three years in a row.

2009 – SEPT was voted top in three categories in the prestigious Healthcare 100 survey organised by the Health Service Journal and Nursing Times that names the top 100 healthcare providers to work for in the UK. SEPT was voted as the top mental health trust to work for, top trust for employing managers and eighth best trust to work for overall in the UK. SEPT was also the largest employer in the top 10, the only organisation that falls within the 1,000 – 3,000 employees category.

2008 – Achieved University Trust status; the first mental health and learning disability trust in the country to achieve this.

2006 – We became one of the country’s first mental health and learning disability NHS Foundation Trusts. Our public and staff members are represented by our Board of Governors who, along with our Board of Directors, takes forward the strategic and operational aspects of the Trust.