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Our Operational Plan 2017-19  focuses on maintaining a balance of quality and resilience to enable us to improve our services for local people, into the future.


About Us

Welcome to Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

We run Stepping Hill Hospital, and other specialist centres, as well as community health services for Stockport.

You can find telephone details of wards,  our services and view our main hospitals and community centres.

Our stroke services have been officially ranked as the best in England – and urology and orthopaedic  services at Stepping Hill Hospital are highly-rated nationally.

We are in the Stockport Together partnership to integrate local health and social care services and deliver more care closer to people’s homes.See our short animation and roadmap to find out more.

Read our  Corporate Brochure 2018/19  and watch our corporate video for an overview of our organisation. You can also explore a selection of our services by viewing our virtual tours.

Stepping Hill Hospital first opened in 1905 and was a military hospital during the first World War. We now employ over 5,000 staff and were one of the first NHS trusts in the country to achieve foundation trust status in 2004.

We are a specialist `hub` centre for emergency and high risk general surgery, one of only four in Greater Manchester and covering the South East sector of our region.

Overall responsibility for delivering services rests with the Board of Directors. We are fully committed to being transparent and implementing the principles of Being Open and Honest.

As a Foundation Trust we also have a Board of Governors who are the voice of the local community, the majority of whom are elected from our public membership


Our Hospitals

  • Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport
  • Devonshire Centre for Neuro-rehabilitation, Stockport
  • The Meadows palliative care centre, Stockport

Health centres/clinics (community health services)

  • 24 community locations across Stockport
  • Also provide community health services in people’s homes
  • Get closer to our community health centres and clinics, view our virtual tours 

Key Facts & Figures

  • 5,000 staff - second largest employer in Stockport after Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council 
  • 160 consultants and around 1,500 nurses (hospital and district nurses in community)
  • £285 million income
  • Stepping Hill Hospital sees around 500,000 patients per year
  • On average, around 40% of patients in our hospital are aged 80 years and over (50% aged 75 or over)

Latest Annual Plans

For information on what we spend and how we spend it see here.

How we fit into the NHS

Our services are commissioned by the local clinical commissioning groups, mainly Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group. We are regulated by NHS Improvement. Our work is part of Greater Manchester health and social care devolution.


We also work in collaboration with a number of other organisations including:

Our values

Quality & Safety

  • We deliver safe, high quality and compassionate care
  • We ensure a clean and safe environment for better care


  • We treat our patients, their families and our staff  with dignity and respect
  • We communicate with everyone in a clear and open way


  • We provide effective, efficient and innovative care
  • We work in partnership with others, to deliver improved care, in the right place at the right time


We have won a number of awards recognising the quality of our services in recent years. A selection of these awards is listed here.


  • Stepping Hill Hospital first opened in 1905
  • Stepping Hill was a military hospital during the first World War.  Find out more through the recently discovered nurses book from that time, which recorded the thoughts of the soldiers recovering at the hospital
  • Stockport NHS Trust formed in April 2000, following merger of Stockport Acute Services and Stockport Healthcare NHS Trust
  • We became a foundation trust in 2004 - one of the first ten foundation trusts in UK

Commitment to openness and equality & diversity

Accessing my records - guidance on accessing information about your personal treatment and care

Equality and Diversity- information about general equality duties

We are committed with our partners to supporting carers in Stockport with the Stockport Carers Charter; please see the Charter below.

 Stockport Carers Charter 

Our Board of Directors Register of Interests is below.

 Board of Directors Register of Interests  


Patient Access Policy

This policy document sets out how we manage elective care against national targets and maximum waiting times, supporting patient choice under the NHS Constitution. It’s available to download and view here  Patient  Trust Access Policy 

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